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Italy

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Live the Dolce Vita

Once the heart of the powerful ancient Roman empire, Italy possesses thousands of years of influential history. Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Colosseum, the largest and one of the oldest amphitheaters, where ancient Romans used to watch gladiator fights and theatrical performances, among other spectacles. Snap the perfect Italy picture at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the 14th century bell tower built on too-soft ground that sunk under on one side. Step into the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica, where Michelangelo’s La Pieta statue lives and where Saint Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, is said to be buried. Explore the ruins of Pompeii, an entire society frozen in time under a blanket of volcanic ash and pumice from a Mount Vesuvius eruption. Take a trip back in time to ancient Rome at the Pantheon, one of the empire’s best-preserved sites that started as a temple and became a Catholic church. Walk the streets of Vatican City, the capital of the global Christian faith for two thousand years. See the famous Florentine Duomo, the city’s crowning architectural jewel. Hop on a short flight from mainland Italy to Sicily and wander the Palazzo Conte Federico in Palermo, a palace full of extravagant mosaic floors, baroque ceiling frescoes, suits of armor, and antiques collected by the owning family over centuries of the palace’s history. Not to be outdone by other popular European destinations, Italy boasts some of the most exquisite nature scenes on the continent, with plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. Get a bird’s eye view of Tuscany’s breathtaking countryside of rolling green hills in a hot air balloon. Ski or snowboard your way through the Italian Alps, where the slopes, views, and powder rival that of their French and Swiss counterparts. Soak in the warm, sulfurous waters of Terme di Saturnia’s thermal springs. Take a boat ride to the Maddalena Archipelago in Sardinia for a day of sunbathing on crystal clear, turquoise water. Go flower picking on a balmy spring day in the fields surrounding Castellucio, an Umbrian mountain town. Work your way along the stunning Amalfi Coast to see some of the most colorful and charming small towns in Italy, overlooking pristine ocean views. For an equally seductive taste of the country’s natural beauty, roam the Italian Riviera in the northwestern corner of the country. Hike the active volcano Mount Etna or spend a whole weekend exploring the Cinque Terre National Park. Stroll through one of Italy’s many picturesque vineyards, where the grapes hang in rich purple hues on the vines. Picnic on the banks of Lake Como in Lombardy, where you can admire the Grigna Mountains and red-roofed villas of the surrounding landscape.  

Cities of Italy

Cities of Italy

Florence

The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence rose to prominence in the early 15th century for advocating the arts and cultivating the ideas of visionaries like Galileo, Dante, and Michelangelo.
Population
383,000
Summer Temp
77°F (25°C)
Winter Temp
44°F (6.5°C)
Geography
Urban
Sample Programs
  • Fine & Studio Arts
  • Foreign Language & Literature
  • Internships
  • Social Sciences

Milan

Milan: the largest industrial city in Italy and a magnet for entrepreneurs, business-people, and designers. This city of glamour also serves as a center of finance, business, art, and history.
Population
1.35 Million
Summer Temp
77°F (25°C)
Winter Temp
37°F (3°C)
Geography
Central Plains
Sample Programs
  • Internships

Rome

Thousands of years of history are on display in Rome. The ancient world, the Italian Renaissance and the modern world come together in Italy’s capital city. Rome truly is La Citta Eterna, the “Eternal City.”
Population
2.87 Million
Summer Temp
75°F (24°C)
Winter Temp
46°F (8°C)
Geography
Urban
Sample Programs
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Internships
  • Social Sciences

Much of the world’s most prized and skillfully crafted art hails from Italy and remains there, waiting for you to see it in person. From Michelangelo’s David sculpture to Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus painting to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper fresco at the Chiesa Santa Maria, great art survives around every corner. You’re just as likely to find art in the streets and on the walls of buildings new and old as you are in the museums. Wherever your Italian adventure takes you, carve out some time to view Raphael’s famous School of Athens fresco, Caravaggio’s dark and moody paintings, and Bernini’s elegant marble sculptures housed in the Galleria Borghese.  Look up and marvel at Michelangelo’s murals on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Make a wish at the popular Trevi Fountain in Rome. Visit the National Archaeological Museum in Naples to view both ancient Greek, Roman, and Renaissance art and artifacts recovered from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other ancient cities destroyed during the Mount Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD. Thanks to the abundance of fresh, local ingredients and the cultural importance of food, Italian cuisine is some of the best in Europe, from the Calabria region at the tip of the peninsula to Lombardy and Piedmont on the northern border. Start your day with a cup of delicious espresso, Italy’s internationally loved contribution to the coffee world. If you’re in Italy during the spring or summer months, a panzanella salad is a perfect lunch option, with its ripe, colorful vegetables and crunchy hunks of stale bread. If you have a hankering for pizza, you can easily find it by the slice in any of the major cities, whether you like the thin-crust Neapolitan style or the thicker Sicilian style. No Italian adventure is complete without a taste of the local wine. For dinner, indulge in handmade pasta cooked in a variety of dishes, like spring vegetables with pesto sauce, spaghetti alla puttanesca with olives and capers, carbonara, ragu, lasagna al forno, spaghetti alle vongole, and Bolognese. But don’t stop your journey through Italian food there! Dishes like Florentine steak, ox-tail stew, and risotto are just some of your pasta-exclusive options. It’s the little things—like locally produced olive oil, freshly baked bread, and the many native cheeses that appear across dishes—that ultimately make dining in Italy a real pleasure, every meal. And the Italians know how to finish the gastronomic day on a high note: dessert options include flavorful gelato, creamy panna cotta, rich tiramisu, and sweet cannoli, just to name a few.   

Popular Programs

Popular Programs

Liberal Arts & Italian Culture

Liberal Arts & Italian Culture

CEA Florence Center

Explore the richness of Italian culture as you delve into Florentine life. Engage with locals and learn through hands-on experience at galleries, museums, wine and cheese tastings, local businesses, historic tours, and more.

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  • Starting at $16,495
Internship in Milan

Internship in Milan

CEA Milan Center - Extension

Build marketable skills for your career with an internship in one of Italy’s largest business hubs and one of its most cosmopolitan cities. The Internship in Milan program allows you to make steady progress toward your degree while developing practical skills in fields like Communications, Social Media, Public Relations, Marketing, Event Management, and more. Learn more about the benefits of a CEA internship. 

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  • Starting at $6,595
Business & Psychology

Business & Psychology

CEA Rome Center

Delve into the political, economic, and business implications of globalization, as well as the impact on society as you develop valuable skills applicable across a wide range of career opportunities. Examine the complex relationships between business and society and learn how psychological principles can be applied to the workplace to overcome organizational challenges. You’ll gain first-hand experience in local business strategies and how to influence behavior as you explore local environments, meet with professionals, and take academic field trips that provide real-world perspectives. Build the international cultural fluency you need to effectively navigate an increasingly global world.

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  • Starting at $17,095

There are so many cool ways to experience Italy. Bike through Rome or cruise the canals of Venice in a gondola. If you’re a fan of high fashion, seize your chance to tour the headquarters of Italy’s biggest labels, including Gucci, Armani, Prada, Versace, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, and Fendi. Celebrate the Battle of Oranges festival in Ivrea with a three day food fight. Visit Verona, famed city of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, for the city’s annual opera festival. Watch the Italian national football team play one of their rivals before an audience of passionate fans. When you study abroad in Italy, you’ll have the opportunity to experience one of the oldest and richest cultures on earth, develop your Italian language skills, and enjoy some of the best art, food, and nature in Europe. Take classes at one of Italy’s many reputable universities and consider gaining valuable pre-professional experience with an internship abroad. Whatever you choose to learn here, you’ll return from your program knowing how pleasurable life can be.  

Italy Points of Interest

Italy Points of Interest

  • Free Museums Sticking around Florence on the weekends pays off if you plan to visit the Uffizi Gallery, David at the Accademia, the national sculpture museum at the Bargello, the various museums at Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens…Every first Sunday of the month, these state museums offer free admission.
  • Climb the Janiculum The best views of Rome can be seen from the tops of Rome’s many hills, but the ultimate view has to be from atop the Janiculum. From the top of this hill, you’ll have a complete panoramic view of Rome. If you visit just before noon, you can witness the daily cannon shot that marks the hour.
  • Navigli District Constructed hundreds of years ago in collaboration with Da Vinci himself, the Navigli District in Milan is known for its beautiful canals surrounding an otherwise landlocked city. It's now known for its restaurants, cafés, and bustling atmosphere on weekend evenings.
  • Take a Walk Rome is known for its mild climate and light, making it a great city to explore on foot. One of the best things to do in Rome is simply to stroll from one neighborhood to the next. Even the most experienced traveler will discover something new!