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January Term: UVA in Italy: Love Affair with Tuscany
Prato, Italy (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: January
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets January
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January 2019 01-OCT-2018
10-OCT-2018 29-DEC-2018 11-JAN-2019
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 15. Depart the U.S. on December 28 to arrive in Italy on December 29.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel, With program group Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Liz Wellbeloved
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Cultural Studies, Italian
Program Description:
Tuscany Utopia Header

UVA in Italy: Love Affair with Tuscany


People have been fantasizing about Tuscany for centuries. This program offers students the chance to investigate those fantasies, by reading travelers' accounts as well as texts by Italians themselves, in combination with a close-up view of Tuscany and its renowned capital Florence. We will explore "la bella Toscana" through many sets of eyes, starting with English visitors to Tuscany on the famous Grand Tour in the 18th century, and ending with American travelers today. We'll compare these views with visions of Tuscany by native Italians and Tuscans. Along the way, we'll explore intercultural issues such as national identity, otherness, travel, and tourism.

Student and TowerStudents in Tuscany

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The program is based in Prato, a thriving Tuscan city, with a beautiful medieval historic center and a vibrant cultural and economic life. In addition to our time spent in Florence, Prato, and Poggio, we will visit Pisa, Fiesole, and several other locations in the Tuscan countryside.


Courses IconCourse

Love Affair with Tuscany: Utopias and Beyond
ITTR 3758; 3 credits

This program is open to all UVA undergraduates, examines the historical Anglo-American fascination with Tuscany in general, and Florence in particular, as it is depicted in memoirs and travel diaries of the voyagers of the Grand Tour, as well as through fictional and essay accounts by contemporary writers and travelers. By juxtaposing foreign representations of and discourses about Tuscany with those by representative Italian writers, students will not only gain a more distinct and contextualized understanding of Florence (and Italy) than they previously had, but also will explore notions such as utopia and dystopia, and their connections with travel. The course seeks to stimulate students' critical reflections on the notions of travel and tourism, and on the way in which aesthetic considerations impacted (and still impact) travelers' perceptions.

The course will be taught through both classroom lectures in Prato and visits to specific sites in Florence and Tuscany. No Italian language experience is expected.

Faculty IconFaculty

Enrico Cesaretti |
Program Director
Associate Professor of Italian in the UVA Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, and the primary instructor for the ITTR 3758 program. A native of Tuscany, he has been teaching Italian literature and culture at UVA since 1999.

Stella Mattioli |
Teaching Assistant
MA student in Italian at UVA and the Teaching Assistant for this summer's program. Stella graduated at University of Florence in 2005, with a specialization in organization of cultural events. Since then, she started to work as a journalist for a local newspaper, while doing many other different jobs. Stella lives in Poggio a Caiano, a sister city of Florence.

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

The group will stay at a guesthouse that is centrally located in downtown Prato. The majority of students will be in ensuite rooms. There are a few doubles. Roommate selection will take place during pre-departure orientation.

Students can get breakfast at several nearby cafés or purchase items to keep in a communal kitchen. Some group meals are included. For all other meals students will be able to prepare their own meals at the guesthouse or dine out.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule will be available under the "Budget Sheets"  link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.

Tuscany at Night

Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. This program in Italy typically involves walking significant distances each day, extensive time spent standing, climbing stairs, visits to non-wheel chair accessible areas, and utilizing public transportation and buses that do not offer assistance. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should consult for visa and entry requirements, and meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.