The Art & Culture of Florence


For grades 10 - 12


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Course Description:

Students in this immersion will have a unique opportunity to explore the visual artworks and cultural traditions of Florence; a vibrant city and jewel of Italy’s Renaissance. Over seven days, the city’s bustling contemporary streets and historical sites will serve as both classroom and departure points for learning. Students will experience the extraordinary artworks in the Uffizi Gallery and L’Accademia (such as Michelangelo’s David) and explore the city, including its Duomo, a glorious 15th century cathedral, which remains an impressive feat of engineering to this day. We will take a one-day field trip to the Tuscan hill town of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site with beautiful medieval buildings and the famous shell-shaped Piazza del Campo. Through dedicated readings, focused observation and discussion, we will consider how social, economic, political and geographical factors helped to fuel the unique creativity and innovation of Renaissance culture. Students will learn the art and science of perspective, participate in a fresco workshop, experience Italy’s rich culinary culture and discover how intersections between East and West have come to inspire contemporary ways of life. No previous Italian language experience necessary for this course, only the desire to explore new ways of seeing and different places…Chi cerca trova!

Estimated Supplemental Fee: $3600

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More Information:

Schedule and detailed information is available to students and their families via Oakwood Connected.


Emergency & Faculty Contact information:

In the event of an emergency, you can contact us at the following numbers.  We will have direct access to all travel groups.

During school hours: Call Tree at (818) 732-3000 or Phu Tranchi at (818) 732-3195.

Mike Minelli:


how to send us your pictures & Other media:

We would very much love to see your class in action! Please email all photos to

We'll be filtering the images and updating the gallery on this website daily. 

We ask for all videos to be uploaded to a video sharing site (we prefer Vimeo) and the link be emailed to us. You can also send links to Google Drive and other hosting sites. Thank you!