Whereas most study abroad programs focus on only a single location, the COLFA Semester in Urbino incorporates travel to many significant locations in Italy. During the semester, UTSA students visit over twelve different cities including extended 3-day trips to Rome, the Veneto (Verona and Venice), and Tuscany (Florence and Siena) as well as day trips to nearby locations including Bologna, Ravenna, Assisi, Perugia, Fano, Pesaro, and Milan. All of the trips are faculty-led with specific itineraries that tie these trips to your courses. You will experience the culture and history of Italy while adding depth and context to your academic study.
Day trip locations and specific itineraries change from semester to semester depending on faculty and courses offered. While you may not have the opportunity to see all of the sites listed below, here are some highlights from previous semesters:
Rome: the colosseum, forum, and palatine hill; the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica; the Borghese Gallery; the Catacombs of St. Sebastian; the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and the Piazza Navona; the Campo di Fiori market; Trastevere; San Clemente Church
Florence and Siena: the Accademia Gallery and Michelangelo’s David; the Uffizi Gallery; the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Brunelleschi Dome and the Baptistry of Saint John; the Basilica Santa Croce; San Miniato al Monte; the Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens; the Medici Chapels in Basilica San Lorenzo; the Piazza della Signoria and the Palazzo Vecchio; the Medicean-Laurentian Library
Venice: the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica including the treasury, museum, and pala d’oro; St. Mark’s Square; a Vaporetto tour of the Grande Canal; the Rialto Bridge; modern art at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection or Renaissance art in the Gallerie dell’Accademia; a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Santa Maria Gloriosi dei Frari church; the Jewish Ghetto and Jewish Museum; San Giorgio Maggiore; glass blowing on the island of Murano; Torcello Basilica and Tower.
Verona: Arena di Verona, Piazza Brà, Piazza Erbe, Piazza dei Signori and statue of Dante, Juliet’s house and balcony; Scala Family Tombs; Castelvecchio; Sant’ Anastasia Dominican church, Roman Bridge and Roman Theater
Siena: the Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Publico, and Museo Civico; Fountain of Joy; Church of San Domenico with the relics of Saint Catherine; Siena Cathedral and the cathedral complex including the unfinished facade
Bologna: Fontana del Nettuno in the Piazza del Nettuno; the Gothic Basilica di San Petronio; the Archiginnasio and the Anatomical Theatre; The Due Torri (tower of the Asinelli and the tower of the Garisenda); the Basilica di Santo Stefano, also known as Sette Chiese (Seven Churches)
Ravenna: Basilica San Vitali and the Mausileo di Galla Placidia; the Baptistry of Neon; Basilica San Francesca and Dante’s Tomb; Sant’Apollinare Nuovo; Mausoleum of Theoderic; Sant’Appolinare in Classe
Perugia: National Gallery of Umbria; Gothic-style Notaries’ Hall (Sala dei Notari), in Palazzo dei Priori; Etruscan Well, Arch of Agustus, and Roman Aquaduct; Paolina Fortress
Assisi: Basilica of Saint Francis including the tomb with St. Francis’s remains and the relic chapel; Temple of Minerva in the Piazza del Commune; Rocca Maggiore; Porta Perlici; Cathedral of San Rufino; Basilica of St. Clare; San Francesco Woodland
Gubbio: Iguvine Tablets in the Civic Museum; Palazzo dei Consoli and Piazza Grande; Basilica of Sant’Ubaldo
Ferrara: Castello Estense; Ferrara Cathedral, Piazza dei Diamanti, Via delle Volte
Urbino: Ducal Palace, Oratorio of Saint John the Baptist, Oratorio of Saint Joseph, House of Raffaello, Piazza della Repubblica, Fortezza di Albornoz
Fano: Roman Augustus Arch at the end of the Flaminia Way; Santa Maria Nuova; Palace of the Podestà; Passeggiata di Lisippo and statue of the Victorious Youth (Atleta di Fano); Museo Civico inside the Palazzo Malatestiano; Fountain of Fortune; remnants of the underground Roman city
Pesaro: Museo Civico; Sephardic Synagogue; Rossini’s house; Floor mosaics in the Cathedral of San Terenzio
Ascoli Piceno: Pinacoteca Civica; Teatro Ventidio Basso; Piazza del Popolo; Forte Malatesta, Galleria Arte Contemporanea O. Licini, Museo dell’arte Ceramica.
Gradara: Gradara Castle