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IT 3761 3.0 - Italian Medieval and Renaissance Civilization

IT 3761 3.0 - Italian Medieval and Renaissance Civilization

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IT 3761 3.0 - Italian Medieval and Renaissance Civilization

This course examines the main aspects of the Italian Renaissance focusing on the Florentine contribution to the great transformation in literature and the arts in the context of the social and political changes taking place from the 14th to the 16th centuries. While the course provides a thorough survey of the Italian medieval and renaissance civilization, the focus is on Florence.

Topics of the lectures will include Florence in the Quattrocento; Humanism and Quattrocento art; Patronage and Renaissance art; the Medici family of Florence; the ejection of the Medici; Machiavelli and the Republic; the Medici Popes and the end of the Republic; the crisis of the Renaissance; the Italian wars; the New World, Protestant Reformation; and more. We will take advantage of the extraordinary opportunities offered by being in Florence, its many museums, galleries, libraries, churches, and other monuments.  A large percentage of the time, therefore, is spent visiting various sites.

The classroom time will be used for lectures, discussions, and students' presentations. Course credit exclusion: AP/IT 3760 3.0, AP/HUMA 3610 3.0. 

Site Visits and Excursions 

  • Duomo 
  • Gallerie degli Uffizi 
  • Palazzo Pitti 
  • Italian Renaissance Cooking Class
  • Day trips to Siena, Orvieto, and Bologna 
  • And more! 

Course Details


Florence, Italy

Course Director

Prof. Samia Tawwab, Sessional Assistant Professor, Coordinator – Italian Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (

Course Dates

May 8 – 19, 2023 at York; May 22 – June 16, 2023, in Florence.



Maximum Enrolment

16 students

Language of Instruction

English, but students enrolled in an Italian Studies Major or Minor program will complete coursework in the Italian language.

Program Fee

The program fee for this course is $3,100 CAD, based on 16 students (subject to change based on final number of students).

Included in Program Fee

  • 25 nights’ accommodation in shared apartments (2 students) provided by our partner Camplus Firenze
  • Access to all facilities at Camplus—classrooms, study spaces, library, laundry room, gym, terrace, restaurant, and support staff
  • Daily breakfast and dinner at Camplus  
  • All excursions and site visits in Florence 
  • Day trips to Siena, Orvieto, and Bologna 
  • Train travel for day trips
  • Italian Renaissance cooking class 
  • Professor-related costs and incidentals

Not Included in Program Fee

  • Return flights Toronto-Florence (approx. $1,200 CAD)
  • Tuition payable to York University
  • Guard.Me Travel Insurance
  • Food and spending money
  • Cost of Visa if one is required for your country of citizenship

Learn More

For more information, students can connect with LA&PS Study Abroad Coordinator (