Smithsonian Journeys Dispatches

Photo: Smithsonian Studies Abroad in Florence, Italy

One of Galileo's famous telescopes

One of Galileo's famous telescopes

There's always a part of us that looks back on when we were teenagers and asks, "What would I have done differently?"

Maybe you would have eaten a little healthier or been a little kinder to that kid that didn't have many friends. Perhaps you wouldn't have had your class picture taken with that terrible haircut. For many of us who love to travel, we imagine going back in time and telling ourselves, "You really should study abroad." Maybe you can't change the past, but that doesn't mean you can't give a little advice to your grandson, daughter, or nephew.

Smithsonian Journeys is proudly introducing a new program this year specifically for high school students called Smithsonian Studies Abroad. Students will not only learn a new language, they will experience living in a new culture by discussing social and political issues with fantastic guest speakers, explore the host country on weekend excursions, and interact with the local community.

One of our inaugural programs is located in Florence, Italy, the homeland of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Galileo. Whether you are a future historian, artist, or scientist, Florence is and always has been significant city center to them all.

Learn more about Renaissance Treasures, our new program for high school students in Florence, Italy

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