Program and Schedule

Thursday, June 13, 2013

4 – 8:30 p.m.
Registration at SLC center, Palazzo Spinelli

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Aperitivo (light buffet dinner) at the Palazzo

Friday, June 14, 2013

Morning
Please select a session with one of our faculty.

Visit to the Uffizi Gallery with Maria Antonia Rinaldi
(14 people max)
View how the Medici Renaissance collection (open to the public since the 18th century) was transformed into one of the most important art galleries in the world.

Monotype (Printmaking) Workshop with Swietlan N. Kraczyna at “Il Bisonte”
(10 people max; previous art experience required)

Historical Walking Tour (in the footsteps of the Renaissance) with Fabrizio Ricciardelli
(20 people max)
Visit Palazzo Davanzati, an architectural structure that represents the transition from the Medieval tower house to the Renaissance building. Then continue on the walk to Orsanmichele, once a marketplace and granary, now a unique church and museum.

Visit to the European Institute in San Domenico, Fiesole with Davide Lombardo
(20 people max)
Join in a round-table discussion on how institutions within the European Union are addressing the global crisis.

Tour of the Uffizi Restoration Lab with Diane Kunzelman
(20 people max)
See how ancient masterpieces are studied, cleaned, and brought back to their original splendor.

Italian Language Class with Language and Literature Faculty Elisa Terrazzi and Edoardo Tacchi
(10 people max with each professor)
Parlo ancora italiano?...anche bene! Freshen up your Italian in class, and realize you can still speak it and understand it!

1 p.m.
Lunch on your own at restaurants in the area

Afternoon
Please select a session with one of our faculty.

Visit to the Palatine Gallery with Maria Antonia Rinaldi
(14 people max)
Discover the uniqueness of one of the few art galleries that have maintained their original Baroque display since the end of the 17th century.

Walking Tour of San Niccolò up to San Miniato with Lorenzo Pubblici
(20 people max)
Walk through Porta San Niccolò, see Giardino delle Rose, stroll up to San Miniato church, and reach Piazzale Michelangelo, a landmark created in 1865, together with its Viale, to honor Florence as the capital of the newborn State of Italy (1861).

Visit to the Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori – Amici del Fortepiano with Alberto Batisti
Find out how the piano was invented in Florence, and see where old pianos are still being restored.

Tour of the Uffizi Restoration Lab with Diane Kunzelman
(20 people max)

5 p.m.
Break

6:45 p.m.
Guided tours of Villa Bardini gardens, Via de’ Bardi, 1/r.

8 p.m.
Welcome dinner at Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio, 2.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Morning
Please select a session with one of our faculty.

Visit to the Uffizi Gallery with Maria Antonia Rinaldi
(14 people max)

Monotype (Printmaking) Workshop at “Il Bisonte” with Swietlan N. Kraczyna
(10 people max; previous art experience required)

Visit to Fiesole with Elena Martelli
(20 people max)
Fiesole and its relevance in the Etruscan and Roman settlements. See the Roman theatre and Etruscan remains, visit the museum next to the archaeological area, and walk up to the old monastery of San Francesco for a breathtaking view of Florence.

Historical walking tour with Fabrizio Ricciardelli (in the footsteps of the main residences of power)
(20 people max)
Visit the Bargello Museum the first town hall built in 1250, which was then made the prison of the city-state of Florence, when Palazzo Vecchio became the new town hall in the early 14th century.

Visit to Museo della Scienza with Anna K. Manetti
(14 people max)
Get to know the priceless scientific collections of the two dynasties that once ruled Florence: the Medici and the House of Lorraine. View the only surviving instruments designed and built by Galileo himself: two original telescopes and the objective lens of the telescope with which Galileo discovered Jupiter's moons.

Visit to Opificio delle Pietre Dure Museum with Jonathan Hoyte
(14 people max)
Admire the works of art (mostly inlaid stone work) that were produced in this prestigious manufacturing laboratory established in 1588.

1 p.m.
Lunch on your own at restaurants in the area

Afternoon
Please select a session with one of our faculty.

Visit to the Palatine Gallery with Maria Antonia Rinaldi
(14 people max)

Visit to the Family Archive at Palazzo Capponi alle Rovinate with Count Niccolò Capponi
(10 people max)
View actual 16th century manuscripts and unique artifacts of the collection.

Florence on the Big Screen with Chiara Tognolotti
(20 people max)
An overview of the most famous film clips in Florence. Beginning with Paisà to La meglio gioventù, from A room with a view to Piano, solo, and more.

5 p.m.
Break

6:45 p.m.
Guided tours of the Santa Croce church, Largo Bargellini

8 p.m.
Reception dinner in the Santa Croce Cloister
Special cello concert by Zoe Keating ’93

Sunday, June 16, 2013

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Farewell brunch at the “Convitto della Calza” Piazza della Calza, 6 (Porta Romana)

Details on where to meet for each event will be provided in Florence.