East Carolina University College of Fine Arts and Communications
Semester and Summer Study Abroad Programs - ITALY ART INTENSIVES and VIAGGIO IN ITALIA- Director, Linda Darty

(Look at the pictures below and consider the possibility of earning college credits in Italy! For details go to http://www.ecu.edu/artscomm/italy/)
As a sophomore in college, I flew on an airplane for the first time, traveling to Italy on a Study Abroad Program. A 21 year old looking for meaning in my life, I wanted to be immersed in another culture, in a place I knew little about. Every day in Florence, I walked the meandering, stone streets to school, stopping in cathedrals, watching artisans in their shops, inspired by everything around me. I have a vivid memory of learning to draw from looking at sculptures and paintings, but it wasn’t just the artwork... it was everything about this culture that inspired me: the way the shops closed after lunch so people could linger over long meals together, the evenings wandering in the piazzas when everything came to life and the streets filled with music and people, the reverence for beauty and detail everywhere and in everything. 38 years later I am now escorting my own students to Italy and directing this program is the most joyful thing I’ve done in my teaching career. Our year round program is located in the beautiful, medieval village of Certaldo Alto, just outside of Florence and Siena, in the heart of Tuscany. Students earn 12-15 credits during the Fall and Spring semesters and up to 6 credits during 3 or 5 week summer sessions. Classes are offered in art history, art appreciation, studio art classes (painting, jewelry, enameling, photography, book arts, ceramics, drawing and design) as well as literature, Italian language, music, theatre, international news and feature writing/journalism. The curriculum is expanding each year and students are welcome from ANY major! Join us! When in your life will you have time to spend 3 months in Italy, if not while you are in school??? I promise it will change your life, as it did mine so many years ago!

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 Certaldo- Classrooms & Lodging     
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 Certaldo Alto   Where we live during the semesters 
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 Funicolare   The lift up to Certaldo Alto 
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 Certaldo View     
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 View from Certaldo Alto   view from our semester home 
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 View of our Classrooms and Apts.   Arial View of our Classrooms 
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 Classroom Building in Certaldo Alto     
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 enameling class     
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 ceramics class     
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 one of our classrooms     
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 Italian class     
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 Certaldo Basso   the town below where we live 
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 Chianti Tour   view of vineyards 
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 A Street in Certaldo Alto   a walk to housing and studios 
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 Classroom Door     
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 View From Ceramics Studios     
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 La Meridiana Ceramic School     
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 Pietro at LaMeridiana     
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 LaMeridiana studio   where ceramics is held 
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 Chiara's B & B   Semester student lodgings 
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 Sitting Room   Semester Student Lodgings 
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 Student Apartment   4 students share these lodgings 
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 Bedroom in Student Apt.     
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 Biking in Certalso     
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 washing clothes     
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 Certaldo     
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 View from Siena     
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 San Gimingnano   20 minutes from where we live 
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 View from San Gimignano     
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 View from San Gimignano     
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 Group 2009     
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 Tour of the Coliseum     
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 Vatican     
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 Tour of the Forum     
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 Group 2009     
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 Group 2008   Summer Group 08 
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 Group 2009     
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 Dinner in Rome     
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 Tower in Siena     
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 TODI   one of our field trip sites 
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 Charter Bus Field Trips     
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 comedia del arte performance     
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  Manarola     
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 Cinque Terre hike     
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 Cinque Terre Hike     
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 Kayaking in Cinque Terre     
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 Cinque Terre     
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 Pisa     
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 Santa Maria Novela in Florence     
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 Duomo in Florence     
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 Florence     
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 Florence Group 09     
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 Fiesole Performance     
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 Venice     
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 Venice     
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 Burano     
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 Burano     
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 Venice     
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 San Marco in Venice     
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 Drawing in Venice     
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 Relaxing in Venice     
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 Journaling in Venice