Florence, Italy

Our second session in Florence focuses on Italian culture. Use your language gained in Session One or join us fresh from another location to enjoy the food and culture of this beautiful city. 

The Florence Food & Culture Experience



Session 2
Oct 1 - 29, 2022


  • Excursions to the hilltowns of Central Italy

  • One-week community volunteer project

  • Access to Florence University of Arts

  • Stay with an Italian host family

  • College credit available

The city of Florence is a veritable mine of food and cultural experiences spanning from the kitchens of the Medici family, to the rustic regional cuisine of Tuscany, to growing rituals such as aperitivo, and high profile restaurants recognized internationally. The aim of this course is to introduce you to the food, street, and culture scenes that set Florence apart from other metropolitan cities, encourage the discussion of the historical weight of its storied past on the food culture of today, and construct a topographical map that indicates the key locations of Florences thriving gastro-cultural activities.You’ll also earn college credits, which we will help you transfer when you’re ready.

beautiful countryside in Florence-Val d'Orcia

Included Excursions: Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany

In well-preserved medieval towns and sprawling vineyards along rolling hillsides, you’ll delve into the essence of Italy and gain a glimpse into local life and culture. Here, the landscape is defined by giant sunflowers and hay bales—plus some of the world’s best wine. Possible destinations include Vinci, Val d'Orcia, Ninfa, Sermoneta, Arezzo, Lucca, and Montepulciano.

Volunteer trimming shrubs in Florence

Community Engagement Project

During this session, you’ll have the chance to participate in a one-week community volunteer project with your choice of the following organizations:

  • Angeli del Bello, an association protecting Florence’s cultural highlights
  • Mancanti, an intercultural center connecting Italians and immigrants
  • Are et Fides, an association promoting preservation of the Florentine Churches
  • Be an English language teaching assistant in local schools

Host: Florence Universithy of the Arts

Located between the historic Palazzo Doni and Palazzo Guicciardini-Strozzi, the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) comprises a collection of historic palaces converted to modern academic buildings. With free access to the internet, research labs, recording and art studio spaces, demo kitchens, fashion media labs, and numerous other facilities, you’ll enjoy a fusion of Florentine tradition and modernity.

three smiling people sitting at a table enjoying pasta


For a fully immersive experience, you’ll live with an Italian family. Each host family has been carefully selected by WorldStrides resident staff to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays provide breakfast seven days a week, dinner five days a week, and laundry service once a week. You’ll typically share a room with another GAP student (roommates are of the same gender).

Now that you've explored all the locations and plotted the perfect course for your adventure abroad, all that's left to do is make it a reality by securing your spot for this life changing program.

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