Northern Italy Summer Holiday Course
Improve your mind and have fun. Learn about the Renaissance and the Classical Tradition.
The course places the art, architecture and sculpture of Italy within the broader context of Western Civilization while opening the eyes of students to art. Within the two weeks students will have a taster of Italian lifestyle and will enjoy Italian food, wine and music in the balmy summer heat. You will spend 5 nights in Venice, 5 nights in Florence and 4 in Rome, with free time built into the programme in every city.
This is not a 'school trip'. Our brilliant tutors are dynamic, enthusiastic experts from various academic fields. They roll back the disciplines of formal education and provide an inter-disciplinary approach that includes (to name a few) philosophy, history, theology and mythology.
This is the ideal course for school leavers, sixth formers and university students on their summer holidays who want to have a wonderful two weeks and do something interesting.
It is extremely valuable for those who have left school and are off to study art history at university. It is also a fantastic opportunity for those who have not taken a gap year or forsook the arts and humanities for the sciences and languages.
Students come to us from a variety of academic backgrounds. No previous knowledge of Art or Art History is required.
Our hotels in Italy always have an excellent location and character. In Rome the hotel is in trendy Trastevere, in Florence we stay a stone's throw from the Duomo and in Venice we stay in the very heart of the city, a short walk from the Rialto Bridge, Accademia and Piazza San Marco. In each case the hotels are family run and we have used them for years. Rooms are generally shared in 3s or 4s and have private bathrooms.
Dates of the course
There are two summer courses each year in July and August. The course is limited to 30 students. Tutorials are all on site, far away from turgid lecture halls. You will be taught in groups of no more than ten students by an enthusiastic young expert.
Come and join us in Italy for two weeks down the peninsula with a well structured and fabulous programme of art, architecture and Italian fun.
Have a look at this wonderful video made by our students in Italy last summer!
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Scholarships are available, please contact us to find out more.
All accommodation, breakfast, tuition in small groups, all transport in Italy when concerned with teaching, all museum entrance fees, notes and reading lists.
Flights, lunch and dinner, spending money, travel insurance, repatriation insurance and cancellation insurance.
From a pre-A2 History of Art student
I first heard about this course from an old History of Art teacher at my school. Planning to apply to university with this subject, I thought it would be a great course to do during the summer, with exposure to art in-situ - something I would have never been able to do in the classroom.
This whirlwind tour of the greatest (artistic) hits of Venice, Florence and Rome was probably one of the most exciting trips I’d even been on, also confirming History of Art was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. There’s something wonderful about seeing a work you’ve studied in lessons in the flesh (or should I say canvas/marble?), it makes you realise that it isn’t simply a grouping of facts you need to learn for your exam, but an actual image with a message that has influenced masses of people over the years. Furthermore, the content of the course is what is in my A2 syllabus, so this helps me consolidate the information for my exams.
I go to boarding school so independence isn’t a new concept to me, but this course also helped me develop other skills. I decided to budget my meals (just for the fun of it) and ended up very successful - definitely something I’ll put to use in uni! As a person with very bad navigation skills, all the free time we had in foreign cities meant I was going to have to work something out and in the end I’ll say I did pretty well in not getting completely lost.
Best of all, the people I’ve met have made such a huge impact. The tutors were wonderful and I made such good friends. I know it may sound cheesy, but you may meet some of your closest friends on this trip and the memories I’ve made with them will most likely stay with me for life.
So if you’re up for great art, food and company, I’d definitely ask you to check AHA out - I certainly do not regret doing so.
Northern Italy Summer Dates:
There are 2 courses, one from 10 - 24 July, 2017 (Northern I) and one from 24 July - 7 August, 2017. You can combine Northern I with our Southern course for a 4 week course. Please contact us for details.
Travel with us to Italy to be blown away by the greatest minds, works and concepts in European history. This is not just a European city tour, but a life changing experience that you will carry to the grave.
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