University Honors ProgramUniversity of Cincinnati

University Honors Program

Music, Art, and Thought in Medici Florence (FAM3095)

Honors Seminar with Study Tour to Italy!

This seminar and study tour will be offered again in spring 2015. The information below is from spring 2013 but will be updated soon for 2015.

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From c1420 to the middle of the sixteenth century, Florence witnessed a remarkable synergy of music, art, and thought financed by the Medici dynasty. Inhabited by such renowned artists as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, musicians Guillaume DuFay and Heinrich Isaac, and writers Angelo Poliziano and Niccolò Machiavelli, Florence was a vortex of Renaissance humanism. The city also witnessed religious fanaticism and French invasions ravage it for two decades beginning in 1492. In this interdisciplinary course we will study the political, economic, artistic, and cultural forces that gave rise to Florence as a unique center of Renaissance humanism.

The class will travel to Florence and Rome, Italy at the end of Spring Semester 2013, from April 26 - May 4.  Please note, this study tour will begin on the last day of finals.  Most of the time will be spent in Florence, with one day in Rome.

While in Florence, we expect the group to visit (subject to change):

  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Accademia
  • Bargello Museum
  • Pitti Palace
  • Palazzo Vecchio with Guided Tour
  • Cathedral (Duomo) and Baptistery
  • Duomo Museum
  • Brancacci Chapel
  • Santa Maria Novella
  • Santa Croce
  • San Lorenzo Bascillica
  • Museum of the Medici Chapel

While in Rome, we expect the group to visit (subject to change):

  • Vatican and Sistine Chapel
  • Forum

Course Details

     •  Course number is FAM3095

     •  Meets MWF from 2:30 PM to 3:25 PM.

     •  Course Attributes: H, I

     •  BoK: FA, HP

     •  Credit hours: 3 to 4

     •  Honors Seminar

     •  For CCM students, course will count toward the music history requirement.


Costs are currently expected to be about $3000 per student (not including meals, baggage fees, ISIC card or passport). All participating students will receive a $600 grant from the University Honors Program as well as a $450 grant from UC International, making the actual amount paid to UC $1950.

Students are required to purchase an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) from UC International for $25.


All participants must have a valid passport. Passport must be valid for 6 months after travel. Passport costs are the responsibility of the student.


Application required; you can access it by clicking here.

University Honors students must be in good standing with the UHP to participate.

UC students who are not in the University Honors Program may apply to participate, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.4 or above. Priority is given to University Honors students, but we are sometimes able to offer spaces to other students as well. A waiting list will be maintained.

Vaccinations and Health Precautions

Contact your physician to discuss what vaccinations and health precautions are recommended, if any.  All participants should carefully read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage for Italy.


Contact Dr. Stephanie Schlagel (faculty director) or André Durham of the Honors Program.