Classics Abroad 2021 Florence

Dates & Times

Sunday 1st August - Sunday 8th August 2021 (6 days, 7 nights)


Our Florence-based summer course is devoted to exploring classical antiquity through the literature, art, history and culture of Florence. It is a dynamic combination of classroom-based study and first-hand experience in context, designed to inspire students from all subject backgrounds with personal or academic interests in Classics and/or the city of Florence.

What's the link between Classics and Florence? Not only does Florence have its own classical past dating back to the Etruscans, but it is also known as the birthplace of the Renaissance i.e. the "rebirth" of classical antiquity. An insight into this period, is an insight into 'Classics' as we know it: Which ancient texts were discovered? Which (and whose) ideas were considered important? How was myth translated into art? 

A Typical Day 


9 - 10         Coffee and Colazione

10 - 11       Classical sources seminar on Botticelli's Primavera and Birth of Venus,                           Caravaggio's Medusa and the Legacy of the Laocoon

11 - 12       Guest Speaker: Catullus and Petrarch. 

2 - 5            Group visit to Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi galleries. 

7 - 9            Meet for Aperitivo in Piazzale Michelangelo or Free Time*

*Free Time is factored into each day, including up to two hours over lunch and there is no tuition at the weekend. On Saturday, a trip outside of Florence is included as well as a leaving meal in the evening. 

Cultural Programme

In the evenings, students are free to immerse themselves in the dolce vita alongside their studies and join activities on our optional Cultural Programme, gaining access to authentic Florentine nightlife, such as live opera, library lectures, rooftop bars, outdoor film screenings and music events. Included in the course fee are two experiences (a hands-on art workshop and Tuscan wine-tasting) plus an afternoon trip on Saturday. 


Our Approach

We aim to combine the best elements of an engaging sixth form lesson with the academic depth of university level study. Students are encouraged to draw links across genres and time periods, looking at topics with "fresh eyes". Our international tutors embody the passion and intellectual curiosity that we hope to inspire in others! Last year, topics included: Latin Love Elegy feat. Modern Rap (watch the trailer) Virgil and Dante's Inferno, Catullus and Petrarch, Mythology and Public Sculpture and Lucretius and the Renaissance.  

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What's Included?*

  • 10 hours tuition, Mon - Fri 10 - 12 (+ independent study) on topics that span classical and Italian art, literature, history and culture.

  • Course workbook containing study tasks and primary sources. 

  • 2 - 3 hours of group visits each afternoon to see what you have studied "up close" at museums, galleries and churches in Florence. 

  • All ticket entry and travel costs required for site visits on the itinerary including: the Duomo Complex (Cathedral, Dome, Baptistery and Museum), Bargello Museum, The Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens, National Archaeological Museum and Basilica di Santa Croce.

  • 1 Saturday Trip including transport to Fiesole or Machiavelli's Villa.  

  • 3 hour 'Make your own Renaissance fresco' art workshop. 

  • 1 Tuscan wine-tasting experience. 

  • 3 Group meals (2 dinners, 1 lunch)

  • 2 Guided tours. 

  • Cultural Programme of optional events. 

  • 24/7 Staff Assistance.

Fees & How to Apply 


Full Course: £750

Application status: Opens 1st May 2021. 

*Flights, transport to/from the airport, accommodation and meals except those listed are not included. Students must be 18 years old at the time of travel and have valid travel, medical and personal loss insurance for the trip duration. In the event that the summer course in Florence cannot go ahead as planned due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, applicants can transfer their place to the online alternative Classics Abroad 2021 Florence Online. 



Florence boasts a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget. We can help advise current students on finding a home base for the week within walking distance of our classroom in the vibrant city centre. A limited number of places may be available in our palazzo apartment on a shared, twin room basis (+ £300) or a private, ensuite room (+ £550) from Sunday to Sunday, 7 nights. 

Language & Experience Add-Ons

  • 5 x 1 hour conversational Italian or Latin lessons 

  • Rafting on the River Arno

  • Book-binding workshop

  • Pasta-making workshop​

Optional add-ons are subject to availability and can be organised at discounted rates with our partners in Florence. 

Feedback from our Classics Abroad students....


"I absolutely loved the online classics course this year! It opened up a whole new discipline for me to explore and I can’t wait to learn more! Thanks for a great week!" - CA 2020 Student

"The Classics Abroad Online course offers a multifaceted opportunity to study the classical influence on the Florentine Renaissance, from the significance of Virgil in Dante's Divina Commedia to the use of the classical nude in sculptures at the Piazza della Signoria, taught by a series of passionate, diverse and eloquent speakers." - Beth

"A fascinating, rewarding course with passionate and remarkably insightful and engaging lecturers. On the whole, really well-adapted to an online format. It always felt rooted in a love of Florence, despite the distance. I would recommend to anyone at all interested in Renaissance Italy or Ancient Rome" - CA 2020 Student

"The course was engaging and fascinating from start to finish. Every session was presented by an expert who brought their subject to life, all the more impressive as it was online. I would highly recommend this course." - CA 2020 Student

In Florence

"I thought it offered a truly fascinating insight into Florence’s classical, medieval and renaissance history in a fun, accessible way. The people were lovely and the location perfect." - CA 2019 Student

"Fantastic experience, would definitely do the same or something similar again!" - CA 2019 Student

"A superb way to see Florence that built on the material I've been covering at uni, demonstrating in the stone and paint of the Renaissance masterpieces the continuous link between the ancient and modern worlds." - Matthew

"An amazing trip, would recommend to anyone." - CA 2019 Student

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