Living in Italy: Three Weeks in Florence
Live your Tuscan dream on our 22-day program in Florence, and enjoy independent living in a fully furnished apartment located within walking distance to historic sites, museums, restaurants, markets, and your Italian language center.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
Each participant/couple had a separate apartment in different areas of the center city which provided a sense of independence without sacrificing the values of learning as part of a group.”
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A Florentine born and bred, Marcello Bellini graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florence with a degree in international and comparative law. Since the year 1970 he has taught Renaissance culture for several American university programs in Florence, including California State University and Vanderbilt University, and has had a long association with the British Institute, in addition to working as a tour guide. He is considered to be the doyen of tour guides in Florence and now instructs trainee guides. Marcello is currently working on a Renaissance History manual aimed at instructors teaching foreign students.
Born and raised in rural Western New York State, Anna has made Italy her home for the better part of the last decade. As an undergraduate she attended Sarah Lawrence College, and her passion for Italy was born during her junior year abroad in Florence. Following graduation in 2006, she decided to return to Italy to pursue an M.A. in Italian Language and Linguistics from the Middlebury College – C.V. Starr School in Florence, Italy, for which she completed a thesis in Italian on second language acquisition for foreigners in Italy. Since completing her M.A. Anna has worked for several American study abroad programs in Italy, most recently for CET Academic Programs, where she has been employed since 2009. Her experience spans several Italian cities and numerous administrative and academic roles.
Paolo Grassini, a native Sienese, earned a B.A. in History and Film Critique and an M.A. in Language and Communication from the University of Florence. He also holds a Ph.D. awarded by the Department of History of Performing and Fine Arts at the University of Florence. Paolo’s research interests include topics such as: Federico Fellini, the origins of Italian film criticism from 1907-1920 and Italian Cinematography. In addition, he also taught Italian Language to members of the diplomatic corps of the U.S. Consulate in Florence and to college and high school students participating on various study abroad programs in Italy. Paolo continues to teach Italian culture studies and language to foreigners through the lens of fine arts in courses such as: Broadcasting, Television in Italian Culture, Introduction to Mass Communications, Introduction to Visual Semiotics, and The Venice Film Festival.
Suzanne Wetzel received her M.A. in Food Culture and Communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Parma, Italy, and her B.A. in Italian and Music from Wellesley College. She has lived in Italy since 2005, and currently teaches for the CET program in Florence and Sesto Fiorentino. She has also taught in Siena for the University of Oregon. Trying new foods is her favorite part of traveling, and she encourages students to taste everything they can during their time in Italy, from tripe to truffles.