The Center of Renaissance Splendor!
Your stay in Florence puts you in the heart of a legendary landscape, where you’ll explore a history-rich region that is the very cornerstone of Italian culture. Your Italian home will be one of the most popular cities in all of Europe – Florence! Set on the banks of the Arno River, its charming cobblestone streets lead to quaint cafes, open-air markets and trattorias serving delicious food, as well as internationally renowned art galleries, museums and world-class shopping!
Florence remains the spiritual capital of the Renaissance with hundreds of museums, galleries and magnificent architectural landmarks. But the city squares buzzing with Vespa scooters, the shop-filled plazas, and the trattorias alive with conversation and amazing cuisine have made Florence the living heart of Tuscan lifestyle – known throughout Europe and the world. For a full month, this will be where you’ll explore all things Italian – with plenty of time to enjoy all that the city and its surroundings have to offer.
As you explore this stunning city, you’re sure to be won over by the charming Florentine people. Living in one of the world’s most popular cities has not changed their embrace of the Italian lifestyle, celebrating a love of art, cuisine and culture for more than six hundred years!
A Journey Back to Ancient Ages
A stay in Florence is filled with countless opportunities to explore some truly incredible times in world history. The city’s history actually pre-dates the Roman Empire by almost 500 years. It was then, in the 5th-century B.C., that the Etruscans founded the city that the Romans would eventually name Florentia.
Perhaps more celebrated and renowned than Florence’s role in Roman history are its invaluable contributions to the Renaissance, which helped it secure its reputation as “The World Capital of Art.” The list of Florentine artists who have made an eternal impression on our Western culture is unrivaled by any city: the works of Giotto, Botticelli, Duccio, Paolo Uccello, Lippi, Ghirlandaio, Beato Angelico, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and more are evident throughout the city, and their influence is still felt around the world. In fact, Florence was also the home of Amerigo Vespucci – the mapmaker after whom North and South America are named!
Today, Florence is the largest city in Tuscany and remains a major center of culture, tourism and culinary festivals.
Essential Italian Style
From the ever-visible beauty of the Duomo to the astonishing art of the Uffizi Gallery to the fun found on the shop-lined Ponte Vecchio, you’ll never forget all the appeal Florence has to offer.
Climb the 463 spiraling steps of the Duomo – the most renowned landmark in Florence – and reward yourself with a sweeping view of the city and the picturesque Tuscan hills that surround it. Linger at the Ponte Vecchio shops, which dazzle with gold craftwork. Saunter through the market at San Lorenzo and check out some of the world’s finest leather goods. Take a break at the beautiful Boboli Gardens, then finish the day at the Galleria dell’Accademia, home of the most famous sculpture in the world – Michelangelo’s David.
The Florentine people themselves are fortunate enough to live in the midst of so much artistic accomplishment, yet they still excel at celebrating the simple pleasures of everyday life. It’s no wonder that so many artists found Florence to be an ideal home city, for it satisfies both the need for creative inspiration and an appetite for good food, friends and festivity.
Nestled amidst the beauty of the rolling hills of the Tuscan region lies Florence, a city alive with history and charm. Definitively one of the preeminent treasures of Europe, Florence is the ultimate setting for an incredible summer. Its central location makes it ideal for weekend adventures. Surrounded by panoramic hillsides and charming medieval towns like Siena and Pisa, it is only a bus ride away from such cosmopolitan Italian cities as Rome and Venice – all destination cities for our weekend adventures in Italy!
Overall, Florence is the perfect place for you to discover the wonders of medieval and Renaissance history, build lifelong friendships and savor an ideal Italian and European experience.
Playing It Safe
At ACA, we believe safety comes first. That’s why we maintain an eight-to-one student-to-staff ratio – one of the lowest in the industry! This lets us offer unmatched attention and unique personalized programs.
As part of our commitment to student safety, ACA staff members live on every student-occupied floor and accompany students on all activities and excursions. ACA also takes care to use chartered coach and taxi services to get around town, never public transportation. All ACA staff members are always equipped with cellphones.
For additional safety, ACA provides all students with local cellphones, allowing them to maintain easy contact with directors and staff!
For added peace of mind, the front desk of the Albergo Firenze is staffed 24 hours a day.
Parents can also take comfort in knowing that Florence has a great reputation as a safe, friendly city.