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Summer 2019: Italy

The skyline of Florence, Italy

The Italian travel study starts in the exciting city of Venice where you'll see a wealth of sights. Visit St. Mark's Square and explore the fantastic places and stories of this city with a local guide. See the Basilica of St. Mark and the Bridge of Sighs along with the Doge's Palace.

Stop in Ravenna on your way to Florence to admire the spectacular mosaics in Saint Apollinare Nuovo. Continue to Florence to see the splendid Duomo, Ghiberti's famous Baptistry Doors, Santa Croce and the Piazza della Signoria — the political center of the Renaissance city. Visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the Western world. Continue to the Pitti Palace, the enormous Renaissance building on the banks of the River Arno. Also admire the Boboli Gardens behind the Pitti Palace.

Next, you'll travel to Rome via Assisi to see the stone cell where St. Francis of Assisi lived and founded the Franciscan order of Friars and the Basilica of St. Francis. Continue to Rome to visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain. Then tour Vatican City including the museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.

Last, but not least, visit Pompeii on your way to Sorrento and travel to Capri for the amazing views.

Check out how study abroad has helped students improve their grades, prepare for their careers and have the adventure of a lifetime. In addition, you can earn 75 AIA/CES Learning Units if you sign up for the ACH 262 course.

Trip cost includes roundtrip airfare, hotel with breakfast each day, four dinners, ground transportation, trip insurance, fulltime tour director, local guides, and all scheduled tour admissions. For information, contact Professor Michael Ryan.

Departure Date

May 20, 2019

Trip Length

12 days


Those going must have a valid and current passport (required at least 60 days prior to departure). Trip includes multiple walking tours, climbing steps/hills and walking on uneven surfaces. Participants with mobility issues should carefully consider signing up for the trip.

Registration and Payment Schedule

Registration is over, but it may be possible to still be added to the trip. Please contact Professor Michael Ryan for more information.

Past Travelers

"When I first heard about the trip to France & Spain I knew I had to find a way to go. I have wanted to travel overseas but never had time to plan something out. As soon as we landed in France, I knew my life was Changed. Every city we went to was absolutely breathtaking. As an Architecture student, I couldn’t wait to see all of these famous buildings in person. Textbooks do not do these buildings justice!"

“Signing up for this travel study was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The trip was full of exciting adventures and gave us a chance to walk through history. One of the biggest surprises was the way the cities functioned. Paris, Barcelona and Madrid were all extremely densely populated areas yet did not dominate the surrounding landscape.”

“Signing up for a Travel Study lends first to the excitement of traveling away from home and exploring other cultures of the world and in our case the Architecture of the world. For me, that was the most exciting part of the trip, realizing that we would be seeing some of the buildings that I recently studied in ACH 221 & 222. The first thought I had when we landed other than making sure I got my first espresso, was - Wow!, I’m in another country!”

"After seeing the amazing buildings and gardens I am becoming more aware of architecture everywhere. Every place we went to was beautiful to walk through and the food was amazing. My favorite places would have to be Avignon and Carcassonne, I wish could have spent more time there."

“Traveling to Europe proved to be both architecturally and culturally enlightening. It goes without saying that studying architecture in any other manner other than personally experiencing the actual structure is merely a substitute to which a comparison can hardly be made.”

“I think the most exciting part of the trip was when we walked out of the airport.  Your nerves are filled with excitement and your adrenaline rushing - then it finally hits you, 'You’re actually in Europe.' It’s the greatest feeling!"

“It was in Paris that I found a new meaning to my work as an architecture student, artist, and person. One cannot easily erase just how beautiful the culmination of historical treasures that line the streets of this city. This trip taken with Anne Arundel Community College has become a new phase in the way I look to the world for inspiration and knowledge.”