Summer in Florence
Summer in Florence course offerings are being held remotely for summer 2021.
Available courses are on this dedicated list and are also reflected 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 make sure to check if your course times will be held in the New York (EDT) or Florence (CEST) time zone.
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.”
There is no application process for summer 2021. Any student cleared to register for NYU Summer 2021 may do so for remote offerings directly via NYU Albert.
Visiting students wishing to participate in courses will first need to apply to NYU 2021 summer session through University Programs. Following admission, visiting students will be directed to NYU Albert to register.
Stefano Albertini, Director, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò; Clinical Associate Professor, Italian Studies.
Undergraduate Tuition - 8 credits
Undergraduate Tuition - 4 credits
Undergraduate Registration Fee - 8 credits
Undergraduate Registration Fee - 4 credits
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.
Content Courses Conducted in English
ARTH-UA 9005 - Renaissance Art - Giorgi - 4 credits
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 (PDF)
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 (PDF)
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. Sample syllabus (PDF)
Please note there is no housing or meals associated with Summer in Florence for summer 2021.
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, which may include a weekend excursion to Rome, guided tours of sites in Florence and of other Italian cities. The visit to Rome can include 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.
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