Summer in Florence
Summer in Florence is being offered as a remote experience, and currently available Florence focused courses are on this dedicated list and below. For courses that could not be offered remotely, there may be direct Washington Square-based equivalents, and NYU students may review offerings and register directly through Albert.
Students may now register for a single course (4 credits) if they wish, for two courses (total of 8 credits), or for an intensive (8 credit) course from any of our CAS Summer Abroad Programs. Please note that all course times will be held in EST.
Students experience the splendor of the Italian Renaissance as they are exposed to the cultural wealth of Florence. World famous for its piazzas, palaces, churches, and museums, it is also close to the picturesque Tuscan countryside. The program organizes excursions within Florence and to other celebrated Tuscan and Italian cities.
“The academic program included excellent courses to fully enrich my experience in Florence. Courses used the city in an interactive manner and took full advantage of the city's history and language.”
*Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for summer 2020*
The program is now OPEN to all NYU students. Any student cleared to register for NYU Summer 2020 may do so for remote offerings directly via NYU Albert.
Stefano Albertini, Director, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò; Clinical Associate Professor, Italian Studies.
The College of Arts and Science discounts CAS Summer Abroad tuition 33% to offset additional costs of study abroad. This discount is already calculated in the below rates. Fees, Housing and International Insurance are required, and these rates are set by NYU.
|2020 Program Costs|
Undergraduate Tuition - 8 credits
Undergraduate Tuition - 4 credits
Undergraduate Registration Fee - 8 credits
Undergraduate Registration Fee - 4 credits
|Program & Activities Fee||N/A|
GeoBlue International Health Insurance
for 6 week program
Single Room (with meal plan)
Double Room (with meal plan)
Triple Room (with meal plan)
Quad Room (with meal plan)
PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.
Students are encouraged to budget for summer abroad programs based on individual needs. Additional resources for planning are available on the Additional Costs page.
La Pietra is NYU's academic center for study abroad in Florence. Donated to the University by Sir Harold Acton, this 15th-century, 57-acre estate is graced by five villas, formal gardens, olive groves, and a priceless art collection. The estate is situated just outside the city center of Florence, a 20-minute walk or a 10-minute bus ride away.
The program offers Italian language courses at all levels as well as a variety of courses in fine arts, history, and literature. The program is designed to expose students to the rich cultural offer of the city of Florence, which serves as an extended classroom. When selecting faculty NYU Summer in Florence combines the best Italy has to offer with the best to be found in the United States. All speak English fluently.
*CANCELLED* ITAL-UA 9001 - Elementary Italian I - Staff - 4 credits
Students will gain understanding of the basic messages in simple oral and written communication. They will be able to acquire key information from listening and reading brief, simple, authentic material and have a fair understanding of the meaning of short standard Italian conversation in a limited number of content areas. Students will be able to engage in basic conversation as well as to initiate communication on familiar topics. Strong emphasis will be given to communicative situations involving first and second person forms; writing activities with pertinent vocabulary and structure will include simple autobiographical information, brief messages, simple forms and lists. Linguistic structures : subject pronouns, articles, adjectives, prepositions, present and present perfect indicative. Sample syllabus
*CANCELLED* ITAL-UA 9011 - Intermediate Italian I - Staff - 4 credits
Prerequisite for NYU students: Successful completion of Extensive Elem I & II or Intensive Elementary Italian
Students will gain understanding of oral and written communication on various topics in the past, present and future in addition to expressions of personal wishes, feelings and hopes.
Students will recognize key information in the reading and listening of authentic material and will understand, to some extent advanced texts featuring narration and description of events.
Students will be able to handle most conversation tasks and standard social situations. Students will be able to write short letters and short paragraphs and show command of simple sentence syntax. Linguistic structures: students will be familiar with increasingly complex grammatical content, such as indirect and combined pronouns, future tense, conditional and subjunctive modes. Sample syllabus
*CANCELLED* ITAL-UA 9030 - Advanced Review of Modern Italian - Staff - 4 credits
Prerequisites: ITAL-UA 11, ITAL-UA 12, Intermediate Italian I & II; or ITAL-UA 20, Intensive Intermediate Italian
The course is an intensive review of Italian grammar. Classes are three times a week. The aim of the course is to develop the knowledge of morphosyntactic structures of the Italian language, and to also reinforce intercultural competence. Class work consists of both written and spoken activities, conversations, and papers and readings related to a wide range of different genres (newspaper articles, magazines, extracts from contemporary Italian literature). All of the activities are primarily aimed to promote the usage of Italian language in real situations. Conducted in Italian. Sample syllabus forthcoming
*CANCELLED* ITAL-UA 9101 - Conversations in Italian - Staff - 4 credits
Prerequisite for NYU students: ITAL-UA 30 or assignment by placement test. Conducted in Italian. Students entering the course should have mastered the fundamental principles of Italian grammar.
This course is designed to help students gain confidence and to increase their effectiveness in speaking colloquial Italian. Through discussions, oral reports, and readings, students develop vocabulary in a variety of topics, improve pronunciation, and learn an extensive range of idiomatic expressions. Sample Syllabus
Content Courses Conducted in English
ARTH-UA 9005 - Renaissance Art - Giorgi - 4 credits
NOTE: This course meets in the center of Florence. Student should allow for 30 minutes commute time between this class and their prior or subsequent class.
NYU Students who have already taken ARTH-UA 2 will not receive major credit for ARTH-UA 5 [Renaissance Art survey] or ARTH-UA 6 [Modern Art survey].
The city of Florence will be the classroom as students study the masters, explore museums, examine texts, and analyze the historical significance of monuments. With eyes cast simultaneously on painting, the graphic arts, sculpture, and architecture, this class will explore a broad range of art patronage that included religious and civic bodies, princely courts, and a growing number of private clients. The course will focus on points of intersection, transition, and the transformations that lead from one tradition to the next. Above all, our approach will encourage critical thinking and a search for unifying connections in studying the underlying logic of image making. Works will be examined on their native terms: both as physical objects, with sensitivity to their particular function and intended reception, and as visual images active within larger contexts. Conducted in English. Sample syllabus
ARTH-UA 9650.002 - Gardens and Landscapes - Bucelli - 4 credits
Italian Gardens have been a reference point for garden design from antiquity to the present day. The Roman Empire, which spread from North Africa to the English Isles, divulged a pattern of housing, centered upon the garden, across the Mediterranean and beyond. The Roman archetype of peristyle gardens was preserved in the Middle Ages, when religious orders cultivated gardens for spiritual and medicinal purposes within monastic enclosures, and in the Renaissance, when the grand tradition of the Villa Garden was revived. During their rule over Florence, the Medici family built a chain of lavish Villas around the city. The Villas, supported by their agricultural fields, held refined gardens devoted to the Arts, made for philosophical debate, poetry, sculpture, music and theatre, and for medical and botanical research. In the sixteenth century, grandiose gardens were made by enlightened patrons in other Italian courts, including Rome. Florence and its surrounding form the ideal setting to discover the forms and culture of gardens through time, and the Neo-Renaissance gardens of Villa La Pietra give students a chance to study plants and their ecology close up. Field trips will introduce us to some of the great gardens of other Italian regions.
This class raises the issue of whether features of Italian formal gardens can can be exported to other countries, in which way they are site-specific and inimitable, or if the formal language of historical gardens is still relevant for contemporary gardens. We will consider examples of Italianate gardens overseas, with 19th and 20th century examples from the UK and USA, and examine their qualities - or failures. As an introduction to contemporary garden design, Japanese historical gardens will be mentioned as an example of alternative formal tradition. A definition of formal and informal garden features will provide an additional tool for the analysis of contemporary garden styles. A close look at the two most recent editions of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, in which international garden designers quote - or challenge - historical precedents, will enliven the debate on what constitutes an Italian garden. Sample syllabus.
CORE-UA 9557 Cultures and Contexts: Renaissance Italy - Appuhn - 4 credits
The culture and politics of Italy, from the demographic catastrophe of the Black Death in 1348 to the decline of the Italian states in the first half of the sixteenth century. During this period the Italian cities were the Mediterranean crossroads for economic, political, and cultural exchange. They were also subject to repeated mass mortality events caused by epidemic disease and foreign invasions. The combination of crisis and cultural exchange led writers, artists, and a surprising number of common people search for answers to new questions about their place in the world and their relationship to each other and to God. We call that search the Renaissance. The course will focus on the Italian city-states. We will examine the new forms of political, artistic, religious, and scientific thought that we associate with the Renaissance. Primary sources include literary works, diaries, traveler's accounts, visual art, and political and scientific writings. Sample Syllabus.
ITAL-UA 9170 - Topics in Italian Culture: Italian Opera - Scarcella-Perino - 4 credits
Italy is the country where opera was born. This course offers students the unique chance to study the history of Italian lyric opera with a professional composer and musician and to experience it at some of the major Italian opera seasons: the Arena of Verona season and the Giardino di Boboli season. During the course, students are introduced to the most prominent Italian opera composers (Monteverdi, Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, etc.), as well as to the authors of the "libretto" of several of the most significant operas. They will be also introduced to some basic musical knowledge and practice. Sample syllabus.
ITAL-UA 9282 - Italian Cinema and Literature - Albertini - 4 credits
Conducted in English. Cross-list with DRLIT 9505.
The course will focus on the development of Italian cinema in the post war period, emphasizing the relationship between literature and film adaptation. The books and the films will offer a unique opportunity to analyze and discuss crucial issues related to the historical, political, and cultural evolution of Italy from its Unification to the present.
All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students reside on the estate grounds in Villa Natalia which is air-conditioned and includes a cafeteria, a computer lab, a student lounge, a small gym, and a laundry facility. The greater La Pietra facilities include multimedia-equipped classrooms, a screening room, two computer labs, a reference library, and a second cafeteria with terrace.
Housing rates are inclusive of breakfast and dinner daily in the Villa Natalia cafeteria. Students are responsible for their own lunches, snacks, and other non-program meal expenditures. Lunches are available for purchase on-campus at the Villa Natalia cafeteria.
To learn more about housing facilities, please review the Office of Global Programs NYU Florence page. Please note that some of the information listed on this page is not summer specific.
Summer in Florence organizes activities designed to enrich the course curriculum, including a weekend excursion to Rome, guided tours of sites in Florence and of other Italian cities. The visit to Rome includes major museums and archaeological highlights. Students will also enjoy outdoor movie nights, pasta-making classes, concerts and performances, as well as other cultural experiences offered as part of the program.
*Available to confirmed Summer in Florence Participants only*
Through the generosity of the Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Program Endowment Fund, and in collaboration with NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, CAS Summer in Florence is excited to announce the availability of two $5,000 summer fellowships for participation in our 2020 program at NYU Florence Villa La Pietra. The fellowships provide merit and need based financial assistance to NYU students who have been admitted to the College of Arts and Science Summer in Florence program and display financial need. NYU students who are interested in the fellowship may apply upon being admitted to the Summer in Florence program and confirming their participation by submitting the reservation fee. The last deadline to apply is April 1, 2020.
Students are encouraged to consult internal and external resources to prepare for their summer program. The following links may be used for general destination information, immigration needs and travel medicine planning:
- U.S. State Department Travel Information for Italy
- All admitted and confirmed students should consult The NYU Office of Global Services for immigration support
- CDC Health Information for Travelers to Italy
- NYU students may consult the NYU Student Health Center for Travel Medicine information and appointments
Ph.D., Stanford University
Stefano graduated in contemporary Italian history form the University of Parma (Italy) and completed his graduate studies at the University of Virginia (MA) and Stanford (PhD). He has been at NYU since 1994 where he has taught courses both on Renaissance and Contemporary Italy. As Director of the Casa, he has interviewed and interacted with the major Italian directors, actors, and writers of the last two decades. He was at La Pietra with the first group ever of NYU students who studied at La Pietra in June 1994. He considers Florence his adoptive city and knows it throughly.
M.M, University of Bologna
Ph.D., University of Siena
Ph.D., University of Florence