A Taste of Italy
Milan, Venice, Pompeii, Capri

Gap Year Friendly

History comes alive (and is delicious) on this summer tour in Italy.

Journey through Italy, learning about its rich culture, storied history, exquisite cuisine, elaborate cathedrals, and diverse landscapes. On our traveling Taste of Italy program, you’ll explore Milan, Venice, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, and several other large and small Italian cities. Over three weeks, you’ll make your way from northern to southern Italy, visiting cities, villages, beaches, and numerous historical landmarks. Learn about Italian culture, history, and modern life in English as you experience firsthand the sites that have shaped your studies in this course.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 1 course (6 U.S. Credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.8


  • Opportunity to learn and identify the local character and diversity of each Italian region
  • Breakfast and some group meals included
  • Instruction in English as you also practice Italian
  • Bike tour to Forte dei Marmi and visit to the weekly outdoor market
  • See and learn first-hand processes behind making olive oil in Valpolicella and winemaking in a Tuscan vineyard

Program Details

Florence University of the Arts

Founded in 1997, Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is located in the heart of Florence. As you walk to school, you’ll pass magnificent monuments such as the Ponte Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. You’ll enjoy small class sizes of 8–20 students, which gives you individualized attention. Your Italian and European professors are experts in their fields. With the exception of your Italian language course, all courses are taught in English. As a result, you’ll choose from an extensive variety of classes. In terms of academics, FUA truly has it all!

Most importantly, you’ll find a learning environment that allows you to soak in as much of Florence as possible. Many classes use the city itself as a core part of the curriculum. Full-time advisors assist you academically and personally, helping you choose courses and overcome culture shock. Therefore, you’ll quickly get to know the city and make the most out of your study abroad experience. Also, you can join other students for local concerts and get involved in a community service project. Turn to the friendly student services staff to jump right into campus events.

Accreditation(s): FUA is accredited by the Region of Tuscany, as delegated by the Ministry of Education and students can receive a University of South Florida transcript *FUA is also reviewed yearly for European quality certification:
Certified by IMQ S.p.A. –ISO 9001:2008 Cert. N. 9175.FLRU

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Humanities

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

3-week Italian Civilization & Culture course through Florence University of the Arts. Credits can be earned in a number of disciplines, such as Geography, History, Anthropology, Food and Culture, Sociology, or Art History.

Why Life in Milan, Venice, Pompeii, and Capri

Known for its delicious cuisine, vibrant culture, and rich history, Italy will provide a vibrant backdrop to the Taste of Italy program. As you head South from Northern Italy, you will stop to explore some of Italy’s most well-known cities, landmarks, and natural landscapes.

On our traveling Taste of Italy program you’ll explore Milan, Venice, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, and several other large and small Italian cities. Let the history books come alive when you visit architectural landmarks, famous cathedrals, art museums, vineyards, the coast, urban fashion districts, infamous Mt. Vesuvius, and, of course, the Vatican. Within each city, you’ll enjoy field trips and excursions to numerous sites of interest, including churches, castles, museums, piazzas, lakes, beaches, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Live La Vida Local

  • Fashion and Contemporary Culture

    We'll start our tour by visiting one of Italy's more contemporary destinations: Milan. Enjoy insight into the world of Italian aesthetics, evident in the city's sleek architecture and fashionable residents. Certainly not stuck in the past, cities like Florence and Rome offer trendy bars, restaurants, and art scenes.

  • A Lifetime of Ruins, Monuments, and Museums

    Home of more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country, Italy doesn't disappoint for history buffs and culture vultures. You certainly can't miss attractions like the Colosseum, Pantheon, Basilica, and the Vatican. There are an estimated 100,000 or so monuments of historical and cultural significance in Italy!

  • Stunning Landscapes

    As aesthetically-pleasing and culturally-engaging as Italy's cities are, no visit is complete without taking in its stunning natural landscapes. Between its abundant Mediterranean coastline, long span of latitudes, and mountainous interior, Italy's natural backdrop rivals its architectural wonders. Set your sights on the likes of the Amalfi Coast, Mt. Vesuvius, and the Apuan Alps of Tuscany.

Housing for your program


Throughout the program, participants will share hotel rooms with other participants. Breakfast and many other group meals will be included.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomShared
  • Double Room
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Triple Room

What's Included


Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • All travel between cities on program itinerary
  • Admission to museums and activities included on itinerary
  • Breakfast daily + 21 meals included
  • Tuition and Fees
  • Housing (shared hotel rooms)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Official University of South Florida Transcript

Welcome & Orientation

Before you get your feet wet or whet your appetite on this experiential-based, traveling study abroad program, we’ll gather the group together to get to know each other and to provide a comprehensive orientation. We’ll cover local topics such as Italian culture and language, as well as rules, regulations, guidelines, and expectations of the program in general.

Since this program will keep us moving to give us a good “taste” of a variety of Italy’s top destinations, we’ll typically provide a briefing of each location before or upon arrival. You’ll also get a lay of each new land in the form of city tours and other program activities. Program activities are sufficient enough as to allow you to see most iconic sights, but you’ll always have free time to explore, and with just a bit of preparation you can be sure to make the absolute most of your time!

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

While you may get only a “taste” of a variety of Italy’s top destinations, expect to reflect on all that you saw and did for months and years to come! Before we part ways, we’ll gather the group together one last time to swap contact details so we can plan to share our treasured memories in digital form. We’ll also allow time to reflect and to prepare you for your “re-entry” and the adjustment process of returning home after such an eye-opening experience. Don’t fret if readjusting to your home culture brings with it a bit of “reverse culture shock” – it’s natural and we’ll help you process it. We also have plenty of resources to allow you to continue to process your experience, including getting involved at your school, participating in our ambassador program, or considering another study abroad program with us (for which you’ll get a discount!).

Site Director

Travel Tip:

Never forget to pack an open mind, a lot of patience, a couple of snacks from home to cure homesickness and last but not least…serenity. Once in town, LOOK UP when walking around. Take a different route to class everyday. Live, love and accept your destination!

Travel Tip:

Never forget to pack an open mind, a lot of patience, a couple of snacks from home to cure homesickness and last but not least…serenity. Once in town, LOOK UP when walking around. Take a different route to class everyday. Live, love and accept your destination!


Alessandro Bruno was born in Maryland, United States, and was raised in Rome, Italy. He has traveled extensively through Europe, Central America, North America, and China. He definitely considers himself a citizen of the world. During his travels, he acquired a passion for the environment and preservation, cultures, and languages. This passion led him to obtain a B.A. in Geography with a minor in Chinese Studies from Humboldt State University. In 2010, Alessandro spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Shanghai in China and has since become an even stronger proponent of study abroad programs, no matter where. Alessandro has also successfully completed the National Park Service Law Enforcement Training Program and a Wilderness First Responder course, and returned to Italy to join the CIS Abroad Site Director team in 2015. Aside from traveling, Alessandro’s other favorite activities are wake-boarding, kayaking, diving, eating sushi, learning new languages, cooking, and getting lost on purpose.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Hadley Byrne
Travel Tip:

When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Apr 1
  • Arrival: June 7
  • Departure: June 28
  • Price: $6,690
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 7 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 28 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,690 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.