Grand Tour of Italy

Two semesters (Spring on campus & Summer abroad), 19 days, 6 cities

From $3,100 $2,900 (airfare not included) | Payments as low as $1,100                       

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   Structure: Two Semesters

   Activity Level: Extreme

Travel Portion:

2024: (FULL)
: Tuesday, May 7

End: Saturday, May 25
Price (airfare not included): $3,100 $2,900


Why participate?

The Grand Tour was a traditional trip through Europe for the upper class. The custom of embarking in this educational journey, started in the 17th century and lasted for centuries. Italy was the key destination of the Grand Tour. Nowadays Italy is still one of the most visited countries in the world and during our study abroad you will find out why. You will step into the past to better understand the present, you will be wondering in the arena where gladiators were fighting for their freedom, you will be touched by the lives destroyed by a sudden eruption in Pompei, you will be overwhelmed by architectonical beauty and timeless art. 

Students will also reflect on how tourism has been changed in the last 300 years. Men have been traveling near and far since the antiquity, feeding the human desire of discovery, but the Grand Tour will start a new concept of tourism that is still lasting nowadays. Traveling in the course will expand the students’ awareness and understanding of multicultural perspectives. In order to acquire the necessary knowledge of Italian culture and traditions before traveling in Italy during Summer A, students will be exposed to virtual Italy through Google Arts & Culture App. 

Course focus

  • Italian Culture
  • History
  • Tourism
  • Food
  • COURSE SYLLABUS: 2024 Syllabus

Program information

  • Spring 2024 (on campus): IDH 4007 (3 credits) - MMC, Wednesdays, 2:00PM-4:15PM
  • Summer A 2024 (abroad): IDH 4008 (3 credits) - May 7-May 25, 2024

Program highlights

  • Walking through the Colosseum
  • Biking on the Appia Antica
  • Watching the Medieval Tournament: Race of the Rings
  • Viewing the artworks at the Uffizi Gallery
  • Hiking through the five villages of Cinque Terre

What is included

  • One-way train tickets within the program
  • Metro card for Roma & Naples
  • Ferry in Venice
  • 18 nights in handpicked accommodations
  • 18 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Expert Program Director
  • 24/7 support from Program Director
  • 5 tours with local guides
  • Admission to Pantheon, Pompei, Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze, and so much more

What is not included

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • $195.00 Education Abroad administrative fee (OEA Fee)
  • FIU in-state tuition (6 credits, $205.57 per credit)
  • Passport, visa, and other necessary documents
  • Personal expenses

(#) = number of nights


  • Day 1-4: Rome

    Tours of Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and Pantheon, Bike ride of Appia Antica, and Free Day

  • Day 5: Travel to Narnia

    Train to Narnia, Italy; city tour; dinner at hosteria

  • Day 6: Narnia

    Narnia underground & Medieval Tournament: Race of the Rings

  • Day 7: Travel to Naples

    Overland train to Naples from Narnia; walking tour

  • Day 8: Naples

    Day-trip to Pompei & pizzata

  • Day 9: Travel to Florence

    Overland travel to Florence; city tour; apericena

  • Day 10-12: Florence

    Tours of Uffizi Gallery & Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze; day trip to Pisa

  • Day 13: Travel to Genoa

    Travel overland from Florence to Genoa, Italy; walking tour

  • Day 14-15: Genoa

    While being based in Genoa, Italy, FIU Honors students will have day trips to Cinque Terre and Milan

  • Day 16: Travel to Venice-Mestre

    Travel by train from Genova to Venice-Mestre; walking tour of Venice

  • Day 17-18: Venice-Mestre

    Travel by ferry to the islands of Burano and Murano

  • Day 19: End of Program

    Check-out of housing in Venice-Mestre; end of program

Program Director

Magda Novelli Pearson


Dr. Magda Novelli Pearson is the Italian Program coordinator at FIU. She oversees three Study Abroad Programs in Italy. Advisor of the Italian club and FIU Teaching Professor. She holds a DML (Doctorate in Modern Languages) from Middlebury College and her research focuses on modern Italian literature, Italian cinematography, aesthetics of Italian villas and gardens and history of fashion.

Dr. Pearson has had many years of experience teaching Italian, and she has also partnered with Universities in Italy, Canada, and China for Collaborative Online International Learning. She oversees the CELI exams in cooperation with University of Perugia (Italy). Prof. Novelli was 2022 FIU Top Scholar awardee in the category of Global Engaged and Culturally Responsive Teaching.

Finally, she collaborates with the Italian Consulate in Miami in order to support and promote Italian language and culture in local K-12 schools.

Contact Professor Pearson

2024 Payment Schedule

1st Payment (Deposit)*

2nd Program Payment*

Spring 2024
In-State Tuition

3rd Program Payment*

Education Abroad Fee*

Summer A 2024
In-State Tuition

2 Weeks After Interview


December 1


January 17


February 1


March 1


May 14


*Payments are non-refundable & non-transferrable

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