Offering endless opportunities to explore Italy's arts, history, and culture, Florence is also small enough to feel at home during our three-week immersion program.

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 Panorama of Florence at dusk  The iconic Duomo of Florence  Palazzo Vecchio in the evening  Michelangelo's <i>David</i>, the centerpiece of the Accademia. Credit: John Kellerman/Alamy  Visitors outside the renowned Uffizi Gallery. Credit: John Kellerman/Alamy  Art work at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Credit: Art Kowalsky /  Botticelli's <i>The Birth of Venus</i> in the Uffizi in Florence  The historic Ponte Vecchio  Enjoying the moment in Florence   Enjoying the food market  Taking a break over gelato  Typical scene in the central market in Florence. Credit: LOOK Die Bildagentur der Fotografen Gmbh/Alamy  Traditional foods of Tuscany  Freshly made pasta  Panoramic view of Florence  The Campo in Siena  The facade and distinctive belltower of Siena's cathedral  The hill town of San Gimignano, featuring its many medieval towers

Living in Italy

A Stay in Florence

23 days from $4,990

Offering endless opportunities to explore Italy's arts, history, and culture, Florence is also small enough to feel at home during our three-week immersion program.

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Your Enrichment Program

Living in Italy is designed to offer you increased choice and personalized experiences while you are in residence in vibrant and historic Florence. Select one, two, or all three of our optional enrichment tracks, which are scheduled so that you can participate in all of them if you wish! Each track is staffed by a local expert who knows the topic and the area intimately in order to provide you with the most insightful experience. You’ll also enjoy many included cultural excursions, within and beyond Florence, each accompanied by a local expert with specialized knowledge for that excursion. Plus, you’ll have the expertise and support of your Smithsonian Journeys Resident Director who will tend to all the logistical details so that you have a smooth, stress-free in-residence experience.

Included Excursions

Explore Tuscany on several included day trips led by a local expert eager to share their knowledge. Tour the remarkable Chianti region, as well as San Gimignano, Lucca, Siena, Colle di Val d'Elsa, and Cortona.

Optional Enrichment Tracks

Each track features activities and/or classes that meet at specific times. Travelers will be given detailed information on when and where to meet during orientation. Travelers can purchase any of these tracks separately or as part of a full package; those purchasing all three Enrichment Tracks will receive a 5% discount.

Track 1 – Language Lessons: This track includes twelve three-hour Italian-language classes that are small and tailored to your skill level, guaranteeing individual attention and a comfortable progression through the lessons. 2018 pricing: $890. 2019 Pricing: $890.

Track 2 – Culinary: In this track, the region’s cuisine takes center stage. Discover the local flavors of Tuscany through three cooking demonstrations. 2018 pricing$840. 2019 Pricing: $ 890.

Track 3 – Art and Architecture: Go beyond the most visited sites of Florence to explore additional museums and architectural gems with an expert, including the Duomo and Baptistry, the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens, and the Archaeological Museum in Fiesole. 2018 pricing: $450. 2019 Pricing: $490. 

More about your Smithsonian Journeys Resident Director

Although this three-week immersion program is geared for the traveler desiring independence and flexibility, our Resident Director is present to provide support with practical advice and information. In addition, the Resident Director provides a wealth of cultural insights and knows the area intimately, and will help you tailor your experience with creative ideas for leisure time, restaurant suggestions, and more. The end result… you’ll know your way around, understand the culture, and feel like you’re a true resident in no time!