Classics Abroad 2022: Florence

Dates & Times

Sunday 10 - Sunday 17 July, 2022


Our signature summer course in Florence 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       The Classical Roots of Florence: Etruscan Source Seminar

11 - 12       The Myth of Ancient Rome: A Comparison of Florentine Histories 

2 - 5            Group visit to Palazzo Vecchio & Outdoor seminar on Power and Public                          Sculpture in Piazza della Signoria. 

7 - 9            Tuscan wine-tasting experience in Florence (optional!)

*Free time is factored into each day. There is no classroom-based tuition on Saturday when the trip outside of Florence is scheduled (included). Picture: Tina outside Palazzo Vecchio.

Cultural Programme

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. 


Our Approach

At Forte Academy, we aim to combine the best elements of an engaging sixth form lesson with the academic depth of university level study. Our philosophy is to 'Challenge the Canon' and encourage students 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! Previous guest tutor topics have included: Latin Love Elegy feat. Modern Rap (watch the trailer) Virgil and Dante's Inferno, Catullus and Petrarch, Ancient Art & Forgeries, Lucretius and Black Africans in Renaissance Art.

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What's Included?*

  • Full timetable of interactive seminars with a strong emphasis on primary sources exploring classical antiquity and the literature, art and history of Florence.

  • Site visits including tickets to visit what you've been studying up-close, including: Palazzo Pitti, The Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens.

  • 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 lunch 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 

Full Course: £797

Application Status: Closed

Contact us for the course fee list in USD and EUR. Places are limited and applications will be responded to on a first come, first served basis. Students who receive a place offer can secure their spot by making a downpayment on the store. Travel bursaries available for applicants in financial need, please request a bursary form in the comments box of the online application form.

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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

  • Book-binding workshop

  • Pasta-making workshop​

Optional add-ons are subject to availability and can be organised at an additional cost with our friends 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

"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

"I am absolutely blown away by how much information I received during this course. It feels like so many more doors have been opened for me to explore, and thanks to Florence and the team my appetite for the Classics has increased tremendously! Each day felt like a brand new experience, and I left every session having learnt at least five things I didn't know before. If you want an entirely new perspective on the Classics and what it means to be a historian, I couldn't recommend this course more." - Erin, CA 2021 Student

"The Forte Academy programme offered a perfect variety of content that both challenged and expanded my knowledge of the Renaissance and how we tackle the Classical Canon - both what we can learn from it and how we can challenge it. The plethora of primary sources ranged from art to poetry to letters and really painted the picture of the Florentine past, I highly recommend." - CA 2021 Student

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"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, CA 2019 Student

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