Women Latinists Florence

To join the reserve list for this course, please email info@forte-academy.co.uk or complete the form below.


Dates & Times

Sunday 17 - Sunday 31 July 2022


Florence, Italy


Join us for two weeks under the Tuscan sun to explore women’s writing in Latin on this unique learning experience that brings language to life in the real spaces where women learnt and wrote Latin. With a strong focus on primary sources from classical antiquity up to the early modern period, you will have the chance to hone your Latin reading skills, discover new authors and discuss a range of themes on a journey through 1,500 years of writing. Our salon-style mornings will be complemented by a range of afternoon activities including special site visits and creative writing on the Arno.

Who is this course suitable for? 

Anyone with an intermediate-advanced background in Latin, looking for more practice reading authentic texts. No experience with post-classical Latin required. This course will be of great value to taught and research students plus teachers who have had limited experience reading texts by women.

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A Typical Day 


9 - 10         Coffee and Colazione

AM             Salon-style sessions on women's writing, including pre-reading, translation

                   time and discussion activities (3 hours).

PM             Group visit, study session outside or hands-on workshop connected to our                                author(s) of the day 

7 - 9           Join informal, optional activities on the Cultural Programme of events.

*There will be 4-6 hours contact time each day and free time will be factored in to the timetable. No salon-based tuition on Sunday. Picture: Tina at Palazzo Corsini.

Cultural Programme

In the evenings, students are free to immerse themselves in the Italian dolce vita alongside their studies and join optional events on our Cultural Programme, gaining access to authentic Florentine nightlife, reading groups, spoken language events, creative writing sessions, art exhibitions and rooftop bars.  


Our Approach

Our courses in Italy are always intellectual and practical: Included in the course fee are two creative, hands-on workshops to immerse ourselves in the world and experiences of Women Latinists over history. At Forte Academy, our seminars are highly interactive with a strong emphasis on primary sources and intellectual tool-building, so that you gain the skills to understand and research the past with "fresh eyes". Our philosophy is to 'Challenge the Canon', with occasional creative activism encouraged! 

Lead tutors: Skye Shirley and Florence Forte

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What's Included?*

  • Full timetable of salon-style morning seminars (3 hours) and afternoon activities with a strong emphasis on primary sources, combining formal tuition, informal consolidation and speaking, writing and reading opportunities. 

  • A range of immersive learning experiences in context: bringing Latin to life in special sites for women throughout history, including convents and gardens!

  • 2 hands-on workshops in Florence e.g. our textiles and print-making class.

  • Tickets to site visits on the itinerary, such as: The Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens.

  • Cultural Programme of both included and optional events (1 - 4 hours per day), such as city walks, language drop-ins, outdoor film and music events, spoken Latin workshops and creative activism in galleries.

  • Welcome and Leaving Meal + two lunches.

  • 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 unless accompanied.


Fees & How to Apply 

Full Course: £1595

Join the Reserve List

Places on courses in Italy are limited and applications will be responded to on a first come, first served basis. Students who receive a place offer will be invited to secure their spot for the summer by making a downpayment on the store. See our Course Fee (GBP/USD) list and Cancellation Policy 2022.

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Tina and Nu
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Florence (Lead Tutor)
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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 your stay within walking distance of our study spaces in the vibrant city centre, from Sunday to Sunday, 14 nights. Download our Provisional Itinerary 2022.

Language & Experience Add-Ons

  • 5 x 1 hour conversational Italian lessons 

  • Rafting on the River Arno

  • Pasta-making workshop​​

Optional add-ons are subject to availability depending on the time of year and can be organised at an additional cost.

Feedback from our students...


"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

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, CA 2019 Student

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