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Each study abroad program fulfills one year (6 credits) of Honors credit requirements.

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2023 Italy: Grand Tour Redux

All Honors College study abroad websites may contain information reflective of last year's programs. We are updating each program website with new information in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have specific questions regarding 2023 program information, please contact Allen Varela at This year, we established the new Honors Study Abroad WhatsApp group where faculty directors, Honors alumni and students who completed Honors Study Abroad will describe their experiences as well as do their best to answer your questions.  You can join this group by emailing   

Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Assisi, Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and Venice – an Honors College seminar taught on location in the most historic and magical destinations in Italy. Grand Tour Redux is built on the premise that understanding our past enables us to understand ourselves. This interdisciplinary course examines the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance and the influence of these eras on the contemporary world. The seminar reconstructs the traditional 18th century Grand Tour. Students can reflect on the contemporary and personal relevance of Italian culture in a 21st century world. Do Roman republican morals guide US civic principles? Do Renaissance notions of individual autonomy define our own? Does Venetian capitalism serve as a model for US business practices? Students walk in the steps of Julius Caesar in the Roman Forum, witness the catastrophic consequences of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, visualize Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel, visit the architectural marvels of Florence, and cross the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. The course recreates history through telling the story of individuals and relating those stories to our own times. Be there to meet Julius Caesar, Augustus, Hadrian, St. Peter, Marco Polo, Dante, Lorenzo de Medici, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo, and Gentilleschi. Housed primarily in apartments, students have the experience of living in Italy. “All paths lead to Rome,” or do they?

2023 Syllabus


Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and Venice.

May 8 – June 6, 2023



The cost of the 2023 Italy program is $2900. This includes the $500 non-refundable Honors College administrative fee, ground transportation, housing accommodations, admission to required museums and sites, and mandatory insurance. Program costs DO NOT include: the $195 Office of Education Abroad non-refundable fee, FIU instructional fee (6 credits, $205.57 per credit), airfare, meals, vaccinations/PCRs if needed, and personal expenses (including out-of-class transportation).

Students participating in the FIU Honors College Italy Program must register for the 3 credit hour pre-trip seminar in the Spring 2023 term at the Modesto A. Maidique campus, and the 3 credit hour “in-country” course in the Summer A 2023 term in Italy. While in Italy, students are lectured in the field by Professor John Bailly, give two Sense of Place presentations, and complete a Grand Tour project.

Students participating in the Honors College Italy Program will be housed in centrally located fully furnished apartments in Rome and Florence. In Cinque Terre, students will lodge in a mountain sanctuary overlooking the Italian Riviera for four nights. Breakfast and dinner are included at the sanctuary. In Venice, students will stay in a Bed and Breakfast.

Italy: Grand Tour Redux
Spring On Campus: IDH 4007 – Fridays, 12:30PM-3:15PM: (3 credits)
Summer A Abroad: IDH 4008 – Italy: Grand Tour (3 credits)

The program fulfills one year of Honors credit requirements (6.)

John Bailly –

John Bailly is a French-American professor and artist. Born in the UK, he holds an MFA from Yale University. He has been Faculty Director of study abroad programs since 2010, offering students a unique and authentic experience in Europe. Bailly is Artist-in-Residence Fellow at the Deering Estate and teaches the Miami in Miami seminar.