Florence Duomo
sponsored by

And Hosted By

Contact Linda Fawcett, HSU Professor of Art and Art History
lfawcett@hsutx.edu or 325-670-1249
Alan Landwer
, HSU Director of International Study
alandwer@hsutx.edu or 325-671-2222

FALL semester 2015, September 3 - December 20.

HSU Courses taught by Linda Fawcett, choose 2-3 courses
(depending on if you take a total of 12 or 15 hours):

Art 1301: Drawing I (Fawcett)
Art 2301: Drawing III (Fawcett)
Art 2306: Art History Survey I (Fawcett)
Art 2307: Art History Survey II (Fawcett)
Art 2399 or 4399: Special Topics - Experimental Drawing (Fawcett)
Art 4399: Special Topics - Art History in Florence and Rome (Fawcett)

For 1-2 additional required courses, ALSO consult the
Santa Reparata Fall schedule

(note: look at the SRISA Fall 2015 course offerings. Besides art and art history, they offer transferable classes in Italian language, Fashion Design, Italian history and literature, History of Opera, and a few other Italian cultural subjects).
AND NOTE for BFA majors: this would be an excellent opportunity to complete your one-year foreign language requirement - required by the B.F.A. - by taking 6 hours of Italian from SRISA, a special program designed for one long semester)
(Scholarships are available to HSU students)

HSU block tuition for one long semester PLUS $8,580.* The latter includes overseas airfare round trip, specified overnight travel for three side trips within Italy, required site tickets, a shared apartment in Florence, a REFUNDABLE (within 3 months of return) $500 housing deposit, and art and international study scholarships built-in.
This cost does not include personal food, gifts, textbooks and art supplies, passport, and recommended travel insurance.

(*NOTE: this amount translates to $6880 more than staying in Abilene, living in the dorm WITHOUT a meal plan, and paying HSU block tuition for one long semester. Second NOTE: During the summer of 2013, a one-month program in Florence with SRISA cost each student $4069 plus HSU tuition for 3-6 hours. Translation: for what you get, the fall 2015 semester program in Florence is a MUCH MUCH better value than any HSU art study-abroad program we've ever offered before!).

**THIS PROGRAM IS INTENDED FOR BLOCK tuition arrangements and
students must take at least 12 hours
HSU FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE toward this program (besides the two built-in scholarships already mentioned)

Step 1: Nonrefundable $750 deposit
(does apply towards the cost of the tour),
DUE BY DECEMBER 1, 2014 to fly with group rates
Step 2: half of balance is due March 10, 2015

Step 3: The rest is due by June 10, 2015
(tentative date)

This program is designed for six to twelve students.

  Included Notincluded
Air Transfer Round trip airfare between DFW Airport, Texas and TBA International Airport in Italy (Florence).
Accommodation Dual-occupancy bedroom furnished apartment (1-3 bedrooms, 2-6 people) in Florence with equipped kitchen, within 20 minute walk of Santa Reparata. Note: $500 of what you pay is a refundable housing deposit, refunded within 3 months of end of occupancy if no damage).
2 nights in 3 or 4-star hotel in Rome. 1 night in 3 or 4-star hotel in Urbino. 1 night in 3 or 4-star hotel in Ravenna.
Single bedroom in a shared apt. or private apartments available for extra charge (for more info, please see: SRISA Housing).
Meals Group Banquet, Florence
All others
Ground or Water Transfers All ground transportation for 3-day HSU group trip from Florence to Rome, a 2-day HSU group trip to Urbino, another 2-day HSU trip to Ravenna, and one-day SRISA sponsored visit to TBA (in Tuscany). Public bus or train transfers if not otherwise included.

Optional overnight trip to Venice, Dates TBA, cost: TBA.

Guide/Assistants 24-hour Emergency Assistance from SRISA specially trained staff.
Explanatory lectures by HSU faculty on-site or in SRISA classroom.
Selected sightseeing tours with the services of professional local English-speaking government-licensed guides as outlined in itinerary.
Entrance Fees As listed in itinerary, all participants will receive a Florence Museum Card, good for entrance fee to many major sites during your stay. Also included are entrances to several required places not included on the Museum card. Non-required entrances not included in Museum card
Porterage XXX None
Tips/Gratuities XXX None


DAY City Itinerary

DFW to Italy
  • Group meets at DFW Airport, Texas (time and gate TBA) to fly to ITALY! (Lufthansa is the likely carrier, but details forthcoming.)

    (Note that flight details are always subject to change)
  • 03-04 Sept 15

    ARRIVAL Housing checkin: Day 2 & 3

    Night time in historic Florence
    looking towards the Duomo

    Typical SRISA-sponsored apartment

    To learn all about your school environment in Florence, go to the SRISA WEBSITE:

  • If flying Lufthansa, arrive Frankfurt, Germany at TBA time. Leave Frankfurt on Lufthansa flight TBA at TBA time.

  • Arrive Amerigo Vespucci Airport, Florence at TBA time.

  • Check into housing. Balance of the evening at leisure.

  • Next morning, meet at SRISA for orientation.

  • The front door of Santa Reparata
    International School of Art

    Typical SRISA-sponsored apartment

    THE REST OF THE SEMESTER, Florence sites visited roughly in this order


    Etruscan sarcophagus
    ABOVE: Arno River (photo credit: HSU student Charles Lambert, 2013)

    Etruscan sarcophagus
    ABOVE: Etruscan Tomb, National Archeological Museum, Florence, 4th-1st century bce

    Etruscan sarcophagus
    ABOVE: Professor Fawcett and some of the HSU students, 2013, Archeological Museum (photo credit: HSU student Charles Lambert, 2013).

    ABOVE: From the Bargello Museum - Left, early 5th century ivory diptych of Adam in the Garden; Right, Donatello's David (famous, famous!)

    San Miniato al Monte
    Above: ANDREA del SARTO's Last Supper, San Salvi, 1520-25

    Santa Croce
    ABOVE: View of Santa Croce, photo taken from the top of Giotto's Tower (Duomo)

    Above: Forge life-long friendships while you study!

    ABOVE: INSIDE the dome of the Florence Cathedral (yes we'll climb to the top!)

    ABOVE: Deposition, MICHELANGELO, 1550,
    Museo dell' Opera del Duomo

    della Robbia_Opera
    ABOVE: one of the pulpit panels by LUCA della ROBBIA, 1431-38, Museo dell' Opera del Duomo

    ABOVE: Interior, Santo Spirito, designed by BRUNELLESCHI

    ABOVE: Choir, Santa Maria Novella, with GHIRLANDAIO's Tornabuoni fresco cycle

    ABOVE: Detail of a Medici Prince and his tutor, from fresco entitled "The Confirmation and Rule of St. Francis," Sassetti Chapel, Santa Trinita, 1483-86

    Above: GHIRLANDAIO's Last Supper,
    San Ognissanti, fresco, 1480

    Piazzo Vecchio
    ABOVE: View inside the Piazza Signoria, Left: Palazzo Vecchio, Right: Loggio Lenzi (the Uffizi begins in the center, background)

    Grand Council Room_Vecchio
    ABOVE: HSU students listening to a local guide, Piazza Signoria, 2013.

    Grand Council Room_Vecchio
    ABOVE: Grand Council Room, Palazzo Vecchio, 16th century

    San Lorenzo_Aerial
    ABOVE: Aerial view of San Lorenzo Church and Monastery (photo taken from the top of the Duomo dome)

    New Medici Chapel_Dusk
    Above: MICHELANGELO: Detail of Dawn,
    from the Tomb of Lorenzo sculptural group,
    (New) Medici Chapel, San Lorenzo

    San Lorenzo_Chapel of the Princes
    ABOVE: Chapel of the Princes,
    San Lorenzo, 17th-18th century

    Fra Angelico_Annunciation_San Marco
    Above: FRA ANGELICO's Annunciation, fresco, in the hallway of the monk's dormitory, San Marco

    FRA ANGELICO_SanMarco_cell
    ABOVE: another scene Annunciation inside a monk's cell, San Marco, by FRA ANGELICO or his students

    ABOVE: You never know when you might see a parade in the streets of Florence!

    ABOVE: View of Florence from San Miniato al Monte (yes that's your teacher, a few years ago!)

    ABOVE: HSU student watercoloring in the countryside just outside Florence, 2013.

  • Lectures and/or workshops at SRISA

  • Likely 1/2-day visits to the following famous sites: National Archeological Museum, San Minato al Monte * (public bus), Bargello Museum, San Salvi: DEL SARTO's Last Supper (public bus), Santa Croce and Pazzi Chapel,Santissima Annunziata, Loggia of the Hospital of the Innocents, the Duomo, Baptistery of San Giovanni, Museo dell'Opera dell Duomo, Santa Spirito, Santa Maria del Carmine (MASACCIO's Brancacci Chapel), Santa Maria Novella, Santa Trinita (GHIRLANDAIO's Sassetti Chapel), Church of S. Ognissanti (GHIRLANDAIO's Last Supper), Palazzo Vecchio & the Loggia Lenzi, San Lorenzo: Old and New Medici Chapels, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi (GOZZOLI's Medici Chapel) , San Marco, Convent of Santa Apollonia (CASTAGNO's Last Supper), Palazzo Pitti and its various museums, Boboli Gardens, the Accademia (MICHELANGELO's DAVID!), and the Uffizi.

  • The rest of the time on your own. NOTE that SRISA's Fall Break is October 23 - November 1 (time to travel and/or stay put and work on your projects and assignments!)

  • San Miniato al Monte
    ABOVE: Interior view of San Miniato
    al Monte, 11th century

    Santa Croce

    ABOVE: Interior view of Santa Croce (begun 13th century), nave looking east (includes Michelangelo's Tomb, Giotto's Bardi and Peruzzi Chapels)

    ABOVE: View of Piazza del Duomo
    (L to R: Baptistery of San Giovanni,
    Duomo, Giotto's Tower)

    Florence Duomo_ceiling
    Looking up under the dome, Duomo

    Florence Baptistery_ceiling detail
    ABOVE: looking up inside the Florence Baptistery of San Giovanni (photo credit: HSU student Charles Lambert, 2013).

    Above: GHIBERTI's Gates of Paradise (east doors to Baptistery of San Giovanni, across from the entrance to the Duomo), 1525-52

    ABOVE: Santa Maria Novella, Florence

    Masaccio_Trinity Above: Professor Fawcett getting a shot of Ghirlandaio's Last Supper, Church of San Ognissanti (just around the corner from SRISA headquarters!)

    Above: MASACCIO's Holy Trinity, ca. 1428, fresco inside Santa Maria Novella

    ABOVE: Left wall of MASACCIO/Masolino's Brancacci Chapel, ca. 1427,
    Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence

    Above: PETER PAUL RUBEN's Consequences of War,
    1637-38, Palatine Gallery, Pitti Palace

    Above: RAPHAEL's Madonna of the Chair, 1514, Palatine Gallery, Pitti Palace

    ABOVE: Interior view of room inside Palazzo Pitti

    Boboli Gardens
    ABOVE: One of many views of the extensive Boboli Gardens to the rear of the Palazzo Pitti

    Above:View of the Palazzo Vecchio from the Uffizi

    Birth of Venus
    Above: BOTTICELLI's Birth of Venus, 1480, Uffizi

    Caravaggio_Sacrifice of Isaac
    Above: CARAVAGGIO's Sacrifice of Isaac,
    1601-02, Uffizi

    Above: MICHELANGELO's David,
    1501, Accademia

    Above: SIMONE MARTINI's Annunciation
    Altarpiece, 1333, Uffizi

    Titian_Venus of Urbino
    Above: TITIAN's Venus of Urbino, 1538, Uffizi

    Della Francesca_Montefeltro
    Above: PIERO della FRANCESCA's Double
    Portrait of Duke Federico Montefeltro and
    His Wife, 1465-66, Uffizi


    Side Trips

    Note that SRISA field trips (optional ones not included in your package cost) are still being finalized, so may change.

  • Siena, SRISA day trip, details TBA.

  • Venice, SRISA overnight trip, DATES TBA: OPTIONAL for all participants, extra fee: 250 Euro.

  • Rome (HSU trip, included in your package cost) 3 days, 2 nights, DATES TBA

  • Urbino,(HSU trip, included in your package cost) 2 days, 1 night, DATES TBA

  • Ravenna, (HSU trip, included in your package cost) 2 days, 1 night, DATES TBA

  • Colosseum
    Above: Aerial view of Colosseum, Rome,
    1st century CE (photo credit: HSU student Charles Lambert, 2013)

    Roman Forum
    Above: View of Roman Forum, Rome,
    towards the Colosseum

    Above: HSU students using the Roman subway, 2013 (photo credit: HSU student Charles Lambert).

    School of Athens
    Above: RAPHAEL's (famous, famous) School of Athens, 1510-11, Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican

    Urbino Streets

    Above: HSU students climbing the streets of Urbino, 2005

    Above: Gallery, San Vitale, Ravenna, 5-6th centuries.

    Above: HSU students listening to the local guide, San Vitale, Ravenna, 5-6th centuries.

    Above: Professor Fawcett still in awe of the mosaics in San Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna!

    St. Peters_ext
    Above: Basilica of St. Peter's, west facade

  • ROME: Transfer by coach or train to Rome and return. For our group only.

  • In Rome, guided visits to St. Peter's Basilica & Square, the VATICAN (including MICHELANGELO's SISTINE CHAPEL and RAPHAEL's STANZA DELLA SEGNATURA), the Colosseum and Forum, and an Early Christian catacomb.

  • Other possible churches in Rome we may visit (optional, if we have time, some entrance fees may be small extra charge): SS. Cosma e Damiano, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Il Gesu, Santa Maria del Popolo, San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane.

  • Two nights in 3-star Hotel (TBA), Rome. Continental breakfast included.

  • Sistine Chapel
    Above: SISTINE CHAPEL, inside the Vatican, Rome, 15th-16th centuries

    Sistine Chapel
    Above: View inside Early Christian catacomb near Rome, 3rd-5th century

    St Peters Interior
    Above: Interior of St. Peter's under the crossing:
    BERNINI's Baldacchino, 1624

    Sistine Chapel
    Above: Overall view of Urbino, Italy

  • Urbino: Transfer by coach or train to Urbino and return. For our group only.

  • In Urbino, guided visits to the Ducal Palace, the Marche National Picture Gallery, Raphael's house and explore the beautiful town with its narrow hilltop streets.

  • Above: Detail of Painting inside the Ducal Palace, Urbino. Duke Federico Montefeltro, the big cheese in Urbino during the 15th century, ruthless mercenary and great art collector (we'll learn all about him and lots more...)

    Above: San Vitale in Ravenna, covered in 5-6th century mosaics, still as bright as when they were first created!

  • Ravenna: Transfer by coach or train to Ravenna and return. For our group only.

  • In Ravenna, guided visits to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, San Vitale and San Apollinare Nuova. Possibly, if have time: San Apollinare in Classe.

  • Above: The streets of Ravenna

    16-20 December 15

  • Lab and research time to finish up projects.

  • December 19: Student Show and Banquet. Housing pre-checkout sometime today.

  • December 20: Arrive at Amerigo Vespucci (Florence) Airport by 5:00 am (ugh) for departure at 6:35 am on Lufthansa (probable carrier), flight TBA. Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany at TBA time. Leave Frankfurt at TBA time on Lufthansa flight TBA. Arrive DFW Airport at TBA time. Go through Customs.

  • (Remember that flight details are always subject to change)


    i) Linda Fawcett and Hardin-Simmons University reserve the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in air fare, currency fluctuations, VAT or tax rates and tariffs, entrance fees or fuel surcharges, or if minimum number of participants is not met (6 paying participants). Conversely, any decreases in anticipated costs will be passed on to participants.

    ii) All entrances are subject to availability and opening times.

    iii) For half-day and full-day coach/guide hire please note the following:
    Half-day tours last a maximum of 2-3 hours, to finish no later than 13:00hrs
    Full day tours last a maximum of 4-6 hours, to start no earlier than 08:00hrs and to finish no later than 18:00hrs.

    iv) There are strict European laws concerning driver hours on touring coaches that must be respected at all times. A typical touring day can last a maximum of 8 hours with a minimum of 11 hours rest overnight. Furthermore the driver must have a rest every 7th day. These regulations are currently being reviewed and can change at short notice.

    v) Not included in tour price: Passport and Visa costs, Travel insurance, Excess Baggage Charges, all meals except for Group Farewell Dinner, Personal Expenses, Individual Services apart from the group (including transfers between airport and hotels for tour members not with group), Transportation between home and DFW Airport, Airport Departure Taxes, Tips for personal services, Local Transportation other than that outlined on itinerary.

    vi) Cancellations and Refunds: Up to 91 days before departure – full refund less $400 and any non-recoverable deposits paid to suppliers; 90-43 days before departure – full refund less $750 and any nonrecoverable deposits paid to suppliers; within 42 days of departure - up to 100% although all efforts would be made to recoup payments made to suppliers. These deposits reflect any cancellation penalties imposed by air carriers, hotels, ground operators, cruise boat operators, restaurants and other suppliers. As penalties could incur as much as 100%, tour participants are encouraged to take out travel insurance to cover trip cancellation. Additionally, airlines may levy charges for changes to itinerary or to cancel an airline ticket or reservation covered with a deposit. Airline deposits are usually $100 - $200 per seat and must be cancelled 90 days before departure.