Discover your inner Italian.

Included in the program:
All daily activities offered by Select are included in the program cost. Cultural activities include jewelry demonstrations, paper making demonstrations, leather and shoe making demonstrations, visits to local markets and artisans and more. For details, see below.


Jewelry Making Enter the studio of a local jeweler and see the hands-on process of crafting exquisite jewelry using techniques developed in the studio of the goldsmiths of the Renaissance.

Shoe Making Become Francesco’s apprentice as you learn about the intricate process of making leather shoes from scratch. Watch as a design take shape in his expert hands.

Music & Opera Enjoy opera the way it was imagined, beneath the Italian sky. See works by Italian composers Giuseppe Verdi and/or Giacomo Puccini, which are among the world’s most beloved today.

Boboli gardens A favorite escape from the bustling city below, these gardens are still a testament to the Medici Dukes that first used them. Beyond its sculptures and fountains, it is also a gorgeous example of Renaissance garden design.

Porcellino market The market housed under the beautiful Loggia del Porcellino was built in the 16th century to sell luxury goods produced in Florence, including silks. Its location was convenient to Piazza della Repubblica where the Old Market once stood. Though the old market was moved in the 19th century, the Porcellino still remains an authentic example of the Renaissance markets and luxury goods.

Quotes from Past Students:

The activities were awesome because I did not know anything about Florence before coming, so the fact that they suggested everything and let us choose was awesome. My favorites were the Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace, and the duomo climb.

R.C., Oberlin College

The organized activities were awesome. I got to see so much more of Florence than anyone else and had GREAT tour guides, as well.

K.D., Quinnipiac University

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