". . . to be able to see first hand the original art works of Michelangelo, Raphael, Masaccio,
Botticelli and others, and to be surrounded by the magnificent museums and churches was overwhelming."
Molly Simpson, Tones of Florence participant

Program Information - Florence Points of Interest Map - Photo Album

Music 471: The Tones of Florence
Humanism in Renaissance Florence, Italy

Location: Florence, Italy
Sample Dates: May 11-26, 2009

Offered for many years, this class 
may or may not still be offered.

You may email Dr. Carl Bleyle for details.
Credits: 3  (graduate credit available)
Application Deadline for the class pictured 
here: February 18, 2008
Number of Openings: 12
Program Fee: Approximately $1,700*
Estimated Total Cost: $3,300.00
Study Abroad Student Aid available
Website: http://GoFlorence.us
E-mail: cobleyle@iastate.edu
Program Directors: Carl and Patricia Bleyle

For more information on the
Tones of Florence or Semester in Florence
programs, contact Dr. Carl Bleyle,
Professor Emeritus of ISU Music History.

ISU students dressed for the Regency Ball at Villa Poggio di Corte
2007 Photo by Loren Buttrey, Economics
An 18-21 credit 
Semester in Florence
program is also available.
Florence contains an exceptional artistic patrimony, glorious testimony to its secular civilization. Cimabue and Giotto, the fathers of Italian painting, lived here, along with Arnolfo and Andrea Pisano, reformists of architecture and sculpture; Brunelleschi, Donatello and Masaccio, founders of the Renaissance; Ghiberti and the Della Robbia; Filippo Lippi and l'Angelico; Botticelli and Paolo Uccello; the universal geniuses Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Their works, along with those of many generations of artists up to the masters of the present century, are gathered in the city's many museums.

In Florence, thanks to Dante, the Italian language was born; with Petrarch and Boccaccio literary studies were affirmed; with Humanism the philosophy and values of classical civilization were revived; with Machiavelli modern political science was born; with Guicciardini, historical prose; and with Galileo, modern experimental science. Up to the time of Charlemagne, Florence was a university town. Today it includes many specialized institutes and is an international cultural center. Academies, art schools, scientific institutes and cultural centers all contribute to the city's intense activity.

"This trip was absolutely incredible! I had no idea how much Florence would impact my life, and I cannot wait to go back! Florence is the most beautiful and educationally rich city in the world, and I only wish I could have had more time there to continue to experience every part of the city."   participant, summer of 2007

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* The program fee includes ISU tuition, housing, utilities (except telephone), local transportation, entrance fees to museums and churches, tickets to an opera or concert and a Renaissance Dinner at the Palazzo Borghese. A Regency Ball is also planned at a Florentine villa at which students, dressed in period costumes, will participate in dances associated with the period.