Transportation to and from Italy is not included in the program fee; but this program fee pays for all on-site classes and weekend trips organized by the program. Italy is rich in small cities which preserve the past both in architecture and living traditions of folk and religious festivals. You may attend an Italian soccer game or fashion show or visit a local winery.
Besides weekly course-related trips to museums, churches and art galleries in central Florence, the program provides guided one-day trips to cities such as Pisa, Arezzo, Assisi and Ravenna, and two major weekend trips to Venice and Rome, seat of the ancient Roman Empire and more recently, center of the Catholic faith. During these course-related, one-day and weekend trips, all expenses such as transportation (bus or train), hotels, guides and entrance fees will be covered by the program.
During the semester you will also have several free weekends, when you can follow your own itineraries. Naturally, when you travel on your own it will be at your own expense.