Florence Duomo

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And Hosted By

Contact Linda Fawcett, HSU Professor of Art and Art History
lfawcett@hsutx.edu or 325-670-1249
Carrie Jones, HSU Assistant Professor of Art
carrie.p.jones@hsutx.edu or 325-670-1330

The 1-month option (June 2 - July 4, 2013) allows
college credit (Summer 1, 2013). You may choose from:

Art 1301: Drawing I (Fawcett)
Art 1311: Drawing II (Fawcett)
Art 2306: Art History Survey I (Fawcett)*
Art 2307: Art History Survey II (Fawcett)*
Art 2399: Special Topics - Photography (Jones)
Art 3333: Watercolor Painting (Fawcett)
Art 4318: Advanced Photography(Jones)
Art 4328: Digital Photography (Jones)
Art 4399A: Special Topics - Art History in Florence and Rome(Fawcett)*
Art 4399B: Special Topics - Experimental Drawing (Fawcett)
Art 4399C: Artist Books (Jones)
Italian I (SRISA, Ita1.1, transferable to HSU)
History of Florence (SRISA, His2931, transferable to HSU)
1-month PRICE: $4569
*Art history students may have to pay up to $100 extra for required site tickets not included in Museum card
(HSU and/or SRISA tuition are not included in tour price but scholarships
are available to HSU students who register early!)

NOTE: 1-month participants may also go as non-credit seeking

THERE IS ALSO A 2-WEEK OPTION not intended for course credit
2-week option: June 16, 17, 18 or 19 (you choose) - July 4, 2013 (fly back with the group)
2-week PRICE: $3589

$1800 reservation fee/ includes nonrefundable $300 deposit
(all of the above fee does apply towards the cost of the tour),
DEPOSIT DUE BY MARCH 1 to fly with group rates
Step 2: The rest is due by March 21, 2013

  Included Not
Air Transfer Round trip airfare between DFW Airport, Texas and TBA International Airport in Italy (Pisa or 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.
2 nights in 3 or 4-star hotel in Rome.
Single bedroom in a shared apt. or private apartments available for extra charge (for more info, please see: SRISA Housing).
$250 apartment deposit refunded within 3 months of end of occupancy if no damage.
Meals Final Banquet, Florence
All others
Ground or Water Transfers All ground transportation for 3-day group trip from Florence to Rome and one other day trip as outlined in itinerary: Siena for one-month participants (June 7); Chianti for 2-week participants (June 21). Public bus or train transfers if not otherwise included.

Optional overnight trip to Venice, June 14-15, cost: 250 Euro.

For one-month participants: optional day trip to Chianti on June 21, cost: 80 Euro.
Guide/Assistants 24 Emergency Assistance from SRISA specially trained staff.
Explanatory lectures by HSU faculty on-site or in SRISA classroom.
Comprehensive 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 Florence Museum Card, good for entrance fee to many major sites Not included in Museum card
Porterage XXX None
Tips/Gratuities XXX None


DAY City Itinerary

Day 1
DFW to Italy
  • Group meets at DFW Airport, Texas (gate TBA) by 1 pm. Lufthansa flight #439 leaves DFW at 4:05 pm.

    (Note that flight details are always subject to change)
  • 03-04 June 13

    Arrival: Day 2 & 3

    Night time in historic Florence
    looking towards the Duomo

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

  • Arrive Frankfurt, Germany at 9:05 am. Leave Frankfurt on Lufthansa flight #310 at 11:10 am.

  • Arrive Amerigo Vespucci Airport, Florence at 12:40 pm.

  • 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

    the rest of Week One... FLORENCE

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

    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: View of Florence from San Miniato al Monte

  • 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 *

  • Friday, June 7: DAY TRIP TO SIENA!

  • The rest of the time on your own

  • * entrance fee extra for some participants

    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)

    Week 2 FLORENCE

    Above: BRUNELLESCHI's (famous, famous) loggia,
    Hospital of the Innocents, 1424-1445

    ABOVE: Detail of east doors of Florence Baptistery, GHIBERTI,
    original gilded bronze panel, Museo dell' Opera del Duomo

    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: 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

  • Lectures and/or workshops at SRISA

  • Likely 1/2-day visits to the following famous sites: 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 *

  • OPTIONAL (at additional cost, overnight trip to Venice, Friday-Saturday, June 14-15)

  • The rest of the time on your own

  • * entrance fee extra for some participants

    Florence Baptistery_ceiling detail
    ABOVE: looking up inside the Florence Baptistery of San Giovanni

    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

    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

    Week 3

    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: 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: A Renaissance Villa!
    (Villa Medici di Poggia a Caiano)

  • 2-week participants have arrived!

  • Optional visit to the Villa Medici di Poggia a Caiano, northwest of Florence (public bus or train, cost extra).

  • Likely 1/2-day visits to the following famous sites: 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).

  • Day trip to Chianti, Friday, June 21 (no cost to 2-week participants; OPTIONAL at additional fee for one-month participants).

  • * entrance fee extra for some participants

    Arno_PonteVecchio Above: The Arno River in Florence with Ponte Sta. Trinita and Ponte Vecchio beyond

    Students_San Lorenzo
    Above: HSU art history group sitting at the entrance of the Church of San Lorenzo
    on a previous Florentine visit

    San Lorenzo_Nave
    Above: BRUNELLESCHI's nave,
    San Lorenzo, 1421-28

    GOZZOLI_Medici Chapel
    ABOVE: Detail from GOZZOLI's Medici Chapel, fresco, inside the Medici-Riccardi Palace, 1459-60

    Medici Chapel_Gozzoli
    ABOVE: Another view of the Medici Chapel inside the Medici-Riccardi Palace

    Above: Portrait of Girolamo Savonarola by Fra Bartolomeo, Museo San Marco

    San Apollonia Refectory
    Above: CASTAGNO's Last Supper in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Apollonia, fresco

    Week 4
    FLORENCE and Rome

    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

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

    Above: TINTORETTO's Last Supper, 1548,
    San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

    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: Interior view of room inside Palazzo Pitti

  • Lab and research time to finish up projects.

  • Group trips to Palazzo Pitti and its various museums, Boboli Gardens, the Accademia (MICHELANGELO's DAVID!), and the Uffizi.

  • Group trip to Rome, June 28-30 (all participants, see SIDE TRIPS below for details).

  • 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

    DATES TBA Side Trips

  • Siena, day trip, FRIDAY, June 7: 1-month itinerary only.

  • Venice, overnight trip, Friday-Saturday, June 14-15: OPTIONAL for all participants, extra fee: 250 Euro.

  • Chianti, day trip, Friday, June 21: included in 2-week itinerary, available to 1-month participants for 80 Euro.

  • Rome, 3 days, 2 nights, Friday-Sunday, June 28-30: included in both 1-month and 2-week itineraries.

  • Good Government
    Above: AMBROGIO LORENZETTI's Good Government fresco, 1338-1340, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

    Siena Cathedral Interior
    Above: Nave toward the east, SIENA DUOMO,
    begun 13th century

    Duccio's Maesta
    Above: Detail Maesta panel from DUCCIO's Maesta Altarpiece, Siena Cathedral, 1308-11

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

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

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

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

    Palazzo Pubblico
    Above: Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

  • SIENA : Transfer by coach to Siena and return same day.

  • In Siena, guided visits to Piazza Pubblico, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena Duomo and Baptistery (including Duccio's MAESTA). Group dinner on the way back.

  • CHIANTI: Transfer by coach to the Chianti region and return the same day. Visit the small Tuscan town of Greve. Tour the vineyards at the Castle of Verazzano and learn about Tuscan wine making. Light lunch and wine tasting.

  • VENICE: Transfer by coach or train for overnight trip to Venice. Noteworthy is that this year will be the 55th anniversary of the Venice Biennale, one of the leading world art fairs with each participating country represented by a contemporary art exhibition. For more information go to: http://www.labiennale.org/en/art

  • 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, Borghese Museum.

  • 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.

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

    Above: Aerial view of Colosseum, Rome,
    1st century CE

    Above: BERNINI's David, 1623, Borghese Museum

    Titian_Sacred and Profane Love
    Above: TITIAN's Sacred and Profane Love, 1514, Borghese Museum

    Caravaggio_David and Head of Goliath
    Above: CARAVAGGIO's Sick Bacchus, 1593,
    Borghese Museum

    Above: View of countryside near Chianti, Tuscany

    July 1- 4

  • Lab and research time to finish up projects.

  • July 3: Student Show and Banquet. Housing pre-checkout sometime today.

  • July 4: Arrive at Amerigo Vespucci (Florence) Airport by 5:00 am (ugh) for departure at 6:35 am on Lufthansa flight #319. Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany at 8:20 am. Leave Frankfurt at 10:20 am on Lufthansa flight #438. Arrive DFW Airport at 2:15 pm. Go through Customs.

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


    i) Hotels are offered subject to availability.

    ii) Should the group be traveling with more than one medium-sized suitcase per person it may be necessary to cost in a luggage van or trailer to carry the group’s luggage. Please advise us as soon as possible if this is the case and we will advise the supplemental costs. Airlines also charge for excess baggage (check with the airlines).

    iii) All timings and distances are approximate and subject to variable conditions such as bad weather, public holidays, etc.

    iv) 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 (18 paying participants). Conversely, any decreases in anticipated costs will be passed on to participants.

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

    vi) 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.

    vii) 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.

    viii) 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.

    ix) Cancellations and Refunds: Up to 91 days before departure – full refund less $300 and any non-recoverable deposits paid to suppliers; 90-43 days before departure – full refund less $600 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.