Study Abroad in Florence, Italy, Plus Venice & Padua

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CARAVAGGIO's Sacrifice of Isaac, 1601-02, Uffizi

CARAVAGGIO’s Sacrifice of Isaac, 1601-02, Uffizi

The 1-month option allows for 3-6 hours college credit. One month participants may also go as non-credit seeking. One-month price: $5,560 + $250 refundable apartment deposit (Not included: HSU block semester fee, non-block HSU tuition, and/or SRISA tuition.) Scholarships of up to $1,000 are available to HSU students who register early!

Looking up under the dome, Duomo.

Looking up under the dome, Duomo.

We also offer a two week option not intended for course credit.

  • Step 1: There is a required $800 deposit/reservation fee (includes nonrefundable $300 deposit). All of the reservation fee does apply towards the cost of the tour. The deposit/reservation fee is due AS SOON AS POSSIBLE , to guarantee you fly with the group rate.
  • Step 2: Payment #2 for four week participants, $2,550 (includes 50% of the refundable housing deposit).
  • Step 3: Balance for four week participants.

Deposition, MICHELANGELO, 1550, Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo.

At least one course must be with Professor Fawcett:

  • 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 3333: Watercolor Painting (Fawcett)
  • Art 4399A: Special Topics – Art History In Florence (Fawcett)
  • Art 4399B: Special Topics – Experimental Drawing (Fawcett)
  • Advanced Photography: Analog and Digital (SRISA, Art307, transferable to HSU)
  • Printmaking and the Book (SRISA, Art355, transferable to HSU)
  • Italian I (SRISA, Ital101, transferable to HSU)
  • Ancient Roman and Etruscan Civilizations (SRISA, Hist289, transferable to HSU)
  • History of Modern Italy (SRISA, Hist343, transferable to HSU)
  • Contemporary Italian Literature (SRISA, Hum230, transferable to HSU)
Included Not
Air Transfer Round trip airfare between DFW Airport, Texas and Amerigo Vespucci International Airport in Florence, Italy. xx
Accommodation Dual-occupancy bedroom furnished apartment (1-3 bedrooms, 2-6 people) in Florence with WIFI and equipped kitchen, within 20 minute walk of Santa Reparata.

2 nights in 3-star hotel in Venice.

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 Welcome Banquet, Florence All others
Ground or Water Transfers All ground transportation for custom 3-day HSU group trip from Florence to Venice and Padua and return (dates TBA during the last 2 weeks) for ALL participants.

One other SRISA-sponsored day trip as outlined in itinerary for 4-week participants: Siena or San Gimignano (Date TBA).

Public bus or train transfers if not otherwise included.

Optional SRISA-sponsored overnight trip to Rome, dates TBA, cost: 280 Euro.

For one-month participants: optional SRISA-sponsored day trip to Chianti on date TBA, cost: 80 Euro.

For ALL participants: optional SRISA-sponsored day trip to Portovenere on date TBA, 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 SRISA or government-licensed guides as outlined in itinerary.
Entrance Fees For ALL participants: All one-time entrance fees to required sites, plus Uffizi card with unlimited entrance to the Uffizi, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, and Bardini Gardens Other site visits not required
Porterage XXX None
Tips/Gratuities XXX None


Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel, Padua.

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 (10 paying one-month 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.

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

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 Welcome 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, refundable (within 3 months of conclusion of stay) Florence apartment deposit.

PIERO della FRANCESCA’s Double Portrait of Duke Federico Montefeltro and His Wife, 1465-66, Uffizi.

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.


Dates City Itinerary
Day 1 DFW to Italy Group meets at DFW Airport, Texas (Terminal E, gate TBA) by TBA pm. TBA flight leaves DFW at 4 p.m. Central. (Note that flight details are always subject to change.)
Arrival: Day 2 & 3


To learn all about your school environment in Florence, go to the SRISA website.

  • Arrive TBA Airport at TBA time.
  • Leave TBA Airport at TBA time on TBA Flight.
  • Arrive Amerigo Vespucci Airport, Florence at TBA time. Meet SRISA personnel, take taxis into Florence.
  • Check into housing. Balance of the day to rest and explore.
  • Next morning, meet at SRISA for orientation.
Remainder of Week One


  • Lectures and/or workshops at SRISA
  • Likely 1/2-day visits to the following famous sites: National Archeological Museum, Bargello Museum, Santa Croce and Pazzi Chapel.
  • Friday, May 22 (tentative date): DAY TRIP TO either the beautiful hilltop town of SIENA or of the beautiful hilltop town of SAN GIMIGNANO!
  • The rest of the time on your own
Week 2


  • Lectures and/or workshops at SRISA
  • Optional SRISA-sponsored day trip to Chianti, TBA date, cost extra.
  • Likely 1/2-day visits to the following famous sites: San Miniato al Monte, Orsanmichele, Santissima Annunziata, Loggia of the Hospital of the Innocents, the Convent of Sant’ Apollonia (Castagno’s Last Supper), San Salvi (Del Sarto’s Last Supper), Santa Maria del Carmine (MASACCIO’s Brancacci Chapel), Santa Maria Novella, the Duomo, Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo, Baptistery of San Giovanni.
  • The rest of the time on your own
Week 3

Florence and Naples

  • 2-week participants have arrived!
  • Optional SRISA-led day trip to Portovenere, Saturday, Date TBA. Cost extra: 80Euro.
  • Custom HSU-Group trip to Milan and Turin, TBA dates (all participants, see SIDE TRIPS below for details).
  • Likely 1/2-day visits to the following famous sites: Santa Trinita (GHIRLANDAIO’s Sassetti Chapel), Palazzo Rucellai, 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).
Week 4 Florence
  • Lab and research time to finish up projects.
  • Group trips to the Cloister of the Scalzo, Monastery of San Marco, Museo Strozzi, Palazzo Pitti and its various museums, Boboli Gardens, the Accademia (MICHELANGELO’s DAVID!), and the Uffizi.
  • Optional SRISA-sponsored overnight trip to Rome (cost extra) to see the Basilica of St. Peter’s, the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and the Roman Forum (TBA dates, SEE Side Trips below for details).
Various dates

Side Trips

  • San Gimignano or Siena, day trip, FRIDAY, TBA date: Included for 1-month itinerary only.
  • Chianti, day trip, Friday, TBA date: OPTIONAL for extra fee of 80 Euro (one-month participants only).
  • Portovenere, day trip, Saturday, TBA date: OPTIONAL for all participants, extra fee of 80 Euro.
  • Venice and Padua (HSU group only), 3 days, 2 nights, TBA dates: included in both 1-month and 2-week itineraries.
  • Rome, overnight trip, Friday-Saturday, TBA date: OPTIONAL for all participants, extra fee: 280 Euro.
  • SAN GIMIGNANO or SIENA: Transfer by coach to one of these towns and return same day. Guided tour, then time on your own to explore this small hilltop town, rich in history and the home of Italy’s best gelato!
  • 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.
  • PORTOVENERE: Transfer by coach to the seaside town of Portovenere and return the same day. SRISA leader, walking tour, aperitivo.
  • ROME: Transfer by coach or train for overnight trip to Rome. In Rome, guided visits include the Basilica of St. Peter, the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, and the Roman Colosseum.
  • VENICE and PADUA: Transfer by bus or train to Venice, bus to Padua, and returns. For our group only.
  • In Venice, guided walking tour of parts of the city, visit St. Mark’s Cathedral, the Doge Palace, Venice museums such as the Accademia and the Guggenheim), and if time: Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore and his architecturally influential Villa Rotunda. Half-day visit to nearby Padua for a visit to the FAMOUS Scrovegni Chapel by GIOTTO.
  • Two nights in 3-star Hotel (TBA), Venice. Continental breakfast included.
Finish & Return
  • Lab and research time to finish up projects and journals.
  • June 18: Student Show. Housing pre-checkout sometime today.
  • June 19: Arrive at Amerigo Vespucci (Florence) Airport by “really early TBA time” (UGH) to leave on TBA flight at TBA time. Arrive in TBA Airport at TBA time. Leave TBA airport at TBA time on TBA Flight. Arrive DFW Airport at TBA time. Go through CUSTOMS.

(Remember that flight details are always subject to change)