Field Studies Program

An exciting and extensive field trips program awaits you in Florence. Traveling to diverse locations throughout the Italian peninsula, you will be wowed by Italy’s natural beauty, become immersed in the country’s rich past and present, and discover how so many towns and cities became great centers of western art, architecture and culture. On any given weekend you may find yourself exploring archeological excavations in Pompei, walking deep into an Etruscan tomb, climbing the dome of the world’s largest basilica, or floating down the Grand Canal of Venice.

Visits to historic monuments and contemporary museums, access to private openings, after-hour entrances, hands-on experiences and thought-provoking lectures are just part of what makes the field trip program unique.


All-School Trips

The objective of the All-School Field Studies Program is to offer students the opportunity to travel to cities throughout Italy under the guidance of an experienced teaching assistant or lecturer.

All-School field studies include Florence city tours (Insider’s Florence), as well as day trips to Italian cities such as Assisi, Siena, San Gimignano, Ravenna, Pisa, Lucca, Venice and many more! Students can also choose to participate in an overnight trip to Rome. All-school trips are open to students not enrolled in the School of Architecture professional degree program, which runs its own trips through the required ARC 571 course (see below). All-school trip costs (excluding meals) are covered by your program fee. Sign-ups take place during Orientation.


Course-Related Trips

Many courses include one or more course-related study tours which are an integral and mandatory part of the course. The cost of these trips is included in the course fee for which you will be billed through your bursar account.


School of Architecture

All students enrolled in the School of Architecture professional degree program take the 3-credit ARC 571 Survey of Italian Architecture field trips course. Architecture students may also take an elective which includes additional study tours for which you will be billed through your bursar account. In the case of a scheduling conflict, contact the architecture and field trip program coordinators immediately.


Contact Us

For more information, or in the event of a scheduling conflict between two or more course trips, please contact the field trip coordinator Julia Colchie.