Palazzi offers through FUA’s academic areas several non-credit enrichment programs and classes for a specialized learning experience in addition to its for-credit academic sessions. These programs can be an option for continuing education learners as well as alumni associations planning excursions or to celebrate important occasions. Types of enrichment programs offered include:
Language and Internship
Offered on a for-credit and non-credit/enrichment basis, this unique program combines language study with real-life application through a final internship. This program consists of a minimum 3-week period. The Italian language component is run on a 3-week module and at least one session is required. Programs may be extended to further sessions.
Non-credit Intensive Italian Program
This is the core program that runs throughout the whole year. It is a course that combines language study, lecture and film series, and a language through cooking class in three-week modules.
La Vita è Bella – Italian Language, Food Culture and Society
This combines the intensive three-week language module with a series of cooking and wine classes held at Apicius International School of Hospitality.
Total Immersion through Homestay
Allows participants to enhance their program experience in Florence through an Italian home stay. The homestay is an option that can be chosen when securing housing through Palazzi/FUA for program activities or studies in Florence. Complete details can be found in the Housing section.
Seminars are short, optional, 15-academic-hour courses/workshops offered as part of FUA’s Career Programs. Seminars are offered during two weeks each academic year. These weeks correspond to the Fall and Spring season academic breaks. Seminars are open not only to Career Students but to regular study abroad students and participants from the general public who wish to receive specialized and intensive instruction on the offered topics. Please consult the academic schedule for the Fall and Spring sessions to see seminar schedules and offerings.
Subject matter: Seminars are created to provide intensive approaches to specialized subject areas. Focus on the Made in Italy concept, creating feather accessories, the local food scene in Florence, writing about food-fashion-art, pinhole photography, and capturing the light of Florence/Tuscany are examples of regularly offered seminars.
Culinary and Wine
Programs for individuals, small groups (2-4 participants), medium groups (5-10 participants), and large groups (11-20 participants). The following activities can be organized as a single day experience or combined for an extended period of time, if desired: Italian for survival language lesson, cooking classes, wine appreciation*, gastronomic walking tours, market tours, tours of cooking supply shops, shopping tour, meals in a Florentine restaurant with a culinary expert, lectures on Italian products with tastings, dinners in a private Tuscan home, Tuscan castle wine and food tasting tour.
*Wine appreciation classes are divided into 3 categories: Tuscan wines (basic), Italian wines (intermediate), Italian and Super Tuscan wines (advanced).
Weekly Programs and 2-Week Programs
Combine group and one to one instruction for cooking classes, wine appreciation, and Italian language classes to become a culinary expert. 3-week programs combining 6 to 9 cooking and wine classes are available. Weekly culinary topics offered include Italian regional cuisine, Tuscan cuisine, Italian vegetarian cuisine, the Italian food feast, and intro to Italian wines.
The 2-week Gusto Workshop programs offer 14 hours of group classes (cuisine and wine) and 10 hours of private individual tutoring on the chosen thematic area. Areas offered include: grocery shopping in Italy, cuisine as a cultural landmark, Italian pizza and breads, fresh pasta workshop, traditional holiday sweets in Italy, the Mediterranean diet, traditional preserves and fresh herbs, pairing food and wine, olive oil, cold cuts and cheeses in Tuscany, table setting and decoration arts, food styling and photography, flower composition and arrangement, Italian ices-gelato-sorbets.
Customized Programs for Cuisine and Art Lovers
What could be better than combining culinary art and visual art in Florence? Museum visits, lectures on Renaissance Art and Cuisine, visits to farms and wineries, special market tours and dinners in the best restaurants with culinary experts. The most renowned Florentine Chefs along with Art Scholars will walk you through the Florentine and Tuscan experience, teaching you the real “Italian Art of Living.”
3-Week Program: La Vita è Bella
This program is offered in collaboration with sQuola as mentioned above and focuses on Italian language, food culture, and society.
Combine cooking, wine appreciation and Italian Language in group classes and enjoy a month immersed in Florentine culture.