Classics Abroad 2021 in Florence
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Dates & Times
Sunday 1st August - 8th August 2021
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 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 Outdoor seminar on Piazza della Signoria and site visit to the Uffizi.
7 - 9 Meet for Aperitivo in Piazzale Michelangelo.
*Free time is factored into each day. There is no tuition on Saturday when the trip outside of Florence is scheduled.
In the evenings, students are free to immerse themselves in the dolce vita alongside their studies and join optional activities on our Cultural Programme, gaining access to authentic Florentine nightlife, outdoor film and music events, reading groups, visits to inscriptions and rooftop bars. Included in the course fee are two experiences (a hands-on Renaissance art workshop and Tuscan wine-tasting) and we can also help you organise experience add-ons during the week.
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, Lucretius and Black Africans in Renaissance Art. This year, the theme is 'Challenge the Canon'.
Timetabled seminars each day (+ independent study) exploring classical antiquity through the literature, art and history of Florence.
Site visits including tickets to visit what you've been studying up-close, including: the Duomo Complex (Cathedral, Dome, Baptistery and Museo), Bargello Museum, The Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens (TBC).
Saturday trip to Fiesole or Machiavelli's Villa.
Cultural Programme of optional evening events, such as city walks, outdoor film and music events, language drop-ins, exhibitions and aperitivo.
Renaissance Art workshop (3 hours), where you will learn and practice an ancient painting technique such as fresco or egg tempera.
Tuscan wine-tasting experience.
24/7 Staff Assistance.
*Flights, accommodation and meals except those listed are not included. Students must be 18 years old at the time of travel.
Fees & How to Apply
Application Status: Closed
Contact us for the course fee list in USD and EUR. Travel bursaries available for applicants in financial need, please request a bursary form in the comments box of the online application form. Find out more about our cancellation policy this year and our plans in light of the UK government's traffic light system for travel here.
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 or a private, ensuite room from Sunday to Sunday, 7 nights.
Language & Experience Add-Ons
5 x 1 hour conversational Italian or Latin lessons
Rafting on the River Arno
Optional add-ons are subject to availability and can be organised at an additional cost with our friends in Florence.