NECA Study Abroad Italy Programs
Other Programs
with highly-qualified Professors and Licensed Tour Guides

NECA was founded as an American study abroad program. After decades of experience NECA expanded to meet the growing demands of the tourism industry. As an American academic program with a highly-qualified teaching staff, NECA can provide seminars and courses in all fields of study. The tours listed below can be developed into seminars and courses. NECA also offers Cooking Classes in Tuscany and crash Courses of Italian and English languages combined with guided visits in Florence to museums and places of interest with flexible scheduling and duration, also for short-term stays.

The Programs and Tours are created for the curious traveler who wants more than the standard tourist visit. The guided tours are designed by NECA professors as short seminars, illustrating particular subject matters in the city’s history. Each seminar is a walking tour, which includes site visits to the city’s most important museums and monuments. Tours are led by a NECA professor and/or official licensed tour guide. Customized tours and itineraries upon request will be especially designed to satisfy travelers’ curiosity.
 NECA also provides assistance for accommodation in Florence.

Usual Educational Guided Tours:
:: Guided visits to selected museums in Florence, 2-3 hour tours;
:: Half-day tours and excursions with walking tour and museum visits;
:: Full-day tours and excursions with walking tour, museum visits, and typical Tuscan lunch.
Private tours.

:: 6-day Trip in Florence, Italy
-Accommodation for 5 nights;
-Two excursions;
-Two walking tours for curious travelers;
-Three typical Tuscan meals, typically three dinners.
The Programs and Tours are created for the curious traveler who wants more than the standard tourist visit and who wants to live as locals do. The Guided Tours are designed by NECA professors as short seminars, illustrating particular subject matters in the city’s history. Each seminar is composed of walking tours and site visits to the city’s most important museums and monuments. Each meal is a crash course of culinary art, which includes visits to typical Trattorie or typical Restaurants.

:: Introductory Walking Tour
As an introduction to the city, this walking tour focuses on the world-famous sites and monuments that have played a central role in Florence’s history. The tour will cover the city’s political, religious, and artistic developments through the ages. Highlights include: the Cathedral, with Brunelleschi’s landmark dome; Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria; Ponte Vecchio; and Piazza della Repubblica, once site of the city’s ancient Roman forum.
Duration: 3 hours.

:: Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery
A guided visit through the collection which houses some of the world’s most treasured works of art. The tour outlines the major developments in Italian art from bejewelled Medieval altarpieces to Renaissance mastery of perspective and naturalism, leading up to the drama and grandeur of the seventeenth-century masters. Highlights include works of art by Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Caravaggio. Visitors will also enjoy a roof-top view of Florence from the museum’s terrace overlooking Piazza della Signoria.
Duration: 3 hours (not available on Mondays).

:: Art History: Roots of the Renaissance
This itinerary traces the origins of Renaissance style, from the innovations introduced by Giotto, painter of the late Middle Ages, to the breakthroughs in sculpture and architecture of Brunelleschi and Ghiberti. Highlights of the itinerary include visits to the Basilica of Santa Croce and the Bargello Museum.
Duration: 3 hours or 4 hours.


:: History: Medici Power
The Medici family dominated the city’s politics, society, and cultural life for over 300 years. This itinerary begins with the family’s early fourteenth-century origins as shrewd bankers and traces its history to the Renaissance golden age, and finally its decline in the eighteenth-century. Highlights of the itinerary include the Medici Palace, the Church of San Lorenzo, and Palazzo Vecchio.
Duration: 3 hours or 4 hours.


:: Michelangelo’s Marvels
Michelangelo can be described as the epitome of the Renaissance artist. His works embody the fundamental aspects of Renaissance art and artistic theory. This seminar discusses Michelangelo’s sculpture as well as his contribution to architecture. Highlights of the itinerary include visits to the Academia Gallery to admire the colossal David, the Church of San Lorenzo (the New Sacristy), and Casa Buonarroti.
Duration: 4 hours.

:: Architecture: Architectural Monuments of Florence

The city of Florence is a perfect backdrop for a seminar focusing on architectural styles from the Early Middle Ages to Modern times. This itinerary focuses on important Florentine architectural monuments, which are some of the world’s finest exemplars, to trace the development of architecture. Monuments are placed in their social and historical context, as well as in the history of Western Architecture.

Duration: 3 hours.

:: Urban Development: Florence before the Renaissance, from its Roman Origins to its Medieval development
A fifteenth-century Florentine legend claimed that the city’s Baptistery was built on the foundations of an ancient Roman temple dedicated to Mars, the god of war and ancient protector of the city. Florentines, proud of their ancient republican origins, fostered this myth. Today, no architectural evidence exists to bring any truth to this myth, nonetheless traces of Florence’s Roman past can still be seen in the city. This itinerary begins with the foundation of Florentia, the Roman settlement of 59 b.C., and discusses the city’s history to the Middle Ages. Learn about the growth of the city, the building of the city walls and bridges, imposing tower houses, and the earliest Florentine residential palazzos
Duration: 3 hours.

:: Literature and Humanities: Dante’s Florence
Florentines refer to Dante as “The Supreme Poet.” His epic poem, The Comedy, labeled “Divine” by Boccaccio, is not only a masterpiece of world literature, but also the work that helped to establish the Tuscan dialect as the standardized Italian language spoken today. Although he was sent into exile by his fellow citizens, Dante is still cherished by Florentines as a hero of sorts. Strolling through the city one can see plaques with quotes from his Divine Comedy adorning various landmarks in the city. This itinerary is a walk through the city of Dante’s time, with visits to important monuments and landmarks.
Duration: 2 hours.

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