The Fall Session in Greece and Italy


Italy: Florence, Pisa, Pistoia and 3 other cities


The Fall Session at the Aegean Center is designed to expose students of the arts to the contemporary life and history of two centers of civilization, Greece and Italy. It begins in Italy with an intensive four-week study of Renaissance art and continues in Greece with skills-based, studio art instruction.

Our home base in Italy is the lovely 16th century Villa Rospigliosi just outside the medieval city of Pistoia. At the villa, all students participate in daily art history lectures which are enriched by guided visits to museums and historical sites in Pistoia, Florence, Pisa and Siena. There are also extended, three-day excursions to both Venice and Rome.

From Rome, students leave for Athens for inspiring visits to the Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum, and the Archaeological Museum. The group then departs for the island of Paros, where studio classes continue at our beautifully restored neo-classical facility in the seafront town of Paroikia.

Students enroll in any number of the following courses:

-Figure Drawing
-Basic Drawing

-Digital Photography
-Black and White Silver Photography
-Camera Work

-Creative Writing
-Classical Literature

-Individual Vocal Training

-Art of the Italian Renaissance
-Ancient Greek Art, Its Antecedent and Developments

Every Friday, the director John Pack leads all students on a hike through the Parian countryside.


Class sizes at the Aegean Center are kept small and students receive direct, one-to-one tutorials from instructors.

At the Villa Rospigliosi students share delicious meals prepared by the villa cooks. Breakfast is also included, as is lunch on days we do not tour.


Fall, Spring, Academic Year


September - December (please check our website for exact dates)

Degree Level

Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

Subject Areas

  • Art History
  • Art/fine Arts
  • Classical Civilization
  • Creative Writing
  • Drawing
  • Field-study
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Music - Vocal Performance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Student Trips (non-credit)
  • Studio Arts

Cost in US$:

Please visit our website or inquire for more info.

Program Fees Include:

In Greece:

- Tuition
- Housing (single studio apartments with kitchenettes and weekly maid service)
- All studio and lab fees
- All island & inter-island program excursions (bus & boat tickets)
- Various meals on special outings

In Italy:

- Tuition
- Lodging at the Villa Rospigliosi
- Breakfasts, dinners and most lunches at the villa
- All program excursions (train, boat & bus travel)
- All entry fees for planned program visits to museums and historical sites
- Hotels in Venice, Rome and Athens
- Boat travel from Athens to Paros
- Single studio apartment on Paros with kitchenette and weekly maid service
- Studios and Lab Fees

Experience Required


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Apartment/Flat
  • Other

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups of 6 to 12

Scholarships are Available

Scholarships, Tuition Grants, Awards, and Work-Study

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application