• Italy
    • Florence
    • Naples
    • Venice
    • Pompeii
    • Rome
    • Siena
    • Verona
4 - 12 weeks
Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans
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Program Details

City Exploring Sightseeing Wine Tasting
Academic Year Fall Spring Summer Winter Year Round
Apartment Host Family Hotel
Primary Language
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
Included in the fees: all accommodation, breakfast, tuition in small groups, all transport in Italy when concerned with teaching, all museum entrance fees, notes and reading lists.

Not included in the fees: flights, lunch and dinner, spending money, travel insurance, repatriation insurance and cancellation insurance.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals Tour Guide Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Some Meals Travel Insurance
Jan 31, 2024
Apr 18, 2024
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About Program

This course travels through Italy four times a year, exploring all aspects of italian culture, such as history, music, politics, food, literature and philosophy – in addition to art and architecture. Alongside studying some of the greatest masterpieces of Western civilisation, young and passionate tutors will take students off the beaten track to unearth some of the secret wonders of Italy.

The course visits Venice, Verona, Florence, Siena, Naples and Rome as well as many places in between. For example, while in Siena the students will spend a day visiting San Gimignano a town in the middle of Tuscan hills with original medieval towers, and while in Naples some time is spent exploring Pompeii and climbing Mount Vesuvius.

We will be spending at least 5 days in each city and up to 10 in some, to truly explore and understand a city, beyond the realms of usual tourism, leaving with an in depth knowledge of Italy that will remain with them for life.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

AHA courses are open to all. We pride ourselves with creating a safe and inclusive environment where people from all backgrounds are able to enjoy a life changing travelling experience.

At AHA we know that culture leads to confidence, so every course has two aims: to discover and explore European culture and, in equal measure, the development of young people in a space where they feel secure and integrated.

Any form of discrimation is not accepted on AHA.

LGBTQIA+ Support

AHA courses are open to all. We pride ourselves with creating a safe and inclusive environment where people from all backgrounds are able to enjoy a life changing travelling experience.

At AHA we know that culture leads to confidence, so every course has two aims: to discover and explore European culture and, in equal measure, the development of young people in a space where they feel secure and integrated.

Further Italy and Europe in general are quite progressive with regards to LGBTQIA+ policy, lifestyle and any form of discrimation is not accepted on AHA.

Accessibility Support

AHA has a track record for taking students with varying kinds and levels of disabilities on courses, and we warmly encourage applications from all people.

Since our tutor to student ratio is very small (never more than 1 tutor to 9 students), AHA provides individual support shaped to the needs of each and every student, ensuring excellent care of young people. We therefore make provisions and organise an environment where people with disabilities can safely enjoy their travelling and make the most of their experience.



Our programs are geared toward environmental education understood in relation to wider themes of history, society and culture.

During our courses we always encourage critical thinking and we take the time to explore the impact that travelling has both at an individual and organisational level. We are also committed to maximising the net positive impact while minimising the carbon footprint of every program- Nick Ross, director of AHA, plants a tree for each flight that is being purchased to attend any of our programs to offset the carbon footprint of our courses.

Program Highlights

  • Enthusiastic and friendly experts for instructors
  • Private viewings to some of Italy's most extraordinary sites
  • Incredible off the beaten track visits to explore authentic Italy
  • Demonstrations and workshops in traditional crafts
  • A focus on the joy of creativity (it's in all of us!)

Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

I lived my dreams at AHA!

The entire course was wonderful in every aspect. The tutors were kind, caring, and passionate about their fields of knowledge. The friends I made in the course are the most incredible people I've ever met, and I will truly remember my time with AHA forever. I fell so deeply in love with Italy and all of the art we saw! I felt like I was living my dreams, with days spent talking passionately about Italian art, laughing and running free through the cities with new friends, and eating delicious food during dinners with the people that became like my family. This trip holds such a special place in my heart.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
We went to the Vatican at 5am!
Waking up that early is usually not so fun, but when it is to see one of the most toured collections of art and architecture in the world, with just your group of ten or so people, it is sooo worth it. We were given the keys to open all of the doors of the Vatican, turned on all of the lights and stared in wonder at the impeccable art all around us, with no noisy crowds to disturb us. It really was one of the most magical moments of my life.
  • The people
  • Access and guides to the most incredible art in the world
  • Travelling and discovering new places
  • It's quite expensive:(
10 people found this review helpful.
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Art History Abroad

10000/10!!!!!! I made friends I am still close with :) we see each other all over the world and update our old chats. Everyone loved what they were teaching and we loved what we were learning which is the best way to experience education. It’s a safe place to experience the world while still having people around us who kept an eye out for us. The down time allowed us to go see more of the city, take a nap, or hang out, which you need when you’re walking like 10 miles a day. Though I couldn’t eat pasta or pizza for a few months after- it is seriously the best thing I did on my gap year (maybe in my teenage years)

What was your funniest moment?
We did a cooking class in Florence and made a vlog. It was so fun to do the class but everyone was getting involved with it.
  • Good people!!!!
  • Amazing art/ Cities
  • Knowledgeable instructors
  • The rooms aren’t the best
7 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Fall 2022

Honestly, best 6 weeks of my life. As a person who is absolutely in love with art and Italy this was easily the most exciting and incredible experience I have had the chance to take. This would not have been possible if it weren’t for all of the other amazing students I met, whom I still am friends with, but also the knowledgeable tutors who made this possible. I wish I could go back in time and relive this, therefore I really recommend it to anyone who is thinking about it, I know that if I ever had the chance again I would!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Opening the doors of the Vatican!!
  • Students from all over the world
  • Amazing tutors
  • Italian culture, food, weather, language, everything!!
  • Only 6 weeks :(
10 people found this review helpful.
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I had the best time on art history abroad, i learnt so much about many artists and art pieces and had so much fun learning! I met wonderful people and had an amazing experience overall. The students were all from different country’s so it was so fun to meet so many different people with different life experiences. We also all shared our opinions on art with the tutors and had amazing discussions and debates relating to the art. We saw amazing exhibits and galleries that were always really quiet making the experience peaceful. The tutors also set us the most fun and interesting activities in the art gallery’s that inspired and engaged us with the art.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Opening the Vatican with security
  • People
  • Travel
  • Food
12 people found this review helpful.
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AHA review

I absolutely loved Art History Abroad. It was six weeks of learning about the most wonderful art, eating heavily food, and being with the best people. Being in Italy was amazing and it was a very lucky thing to be lead through it by the best tutors. I always felt very at home there because of that. There was a fabulous mix between hilarious evenings/ moments and wonderfully inspiring lessons. I feel I have learnt so much more about the world. I just loved it all and could not recommend it more.

  • Learning more about art history
  • Meeting great friends
  • Developing more knowledge about the world
58 people found this review helpful.
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Trip of a Lifetime

From start to finish this is a unique and fantastic experience. The tutors are friendly and knowledgeable - supporting you every step of the way. This is a course for people who want to broaden their minds in the most beautiful of countries - La Bella Italia! The course and days are very well paced to enable you to soak up Italian life. From rowing gondolas in Venice to a private tour of the Vatican you will be amazed everyday. This experience made my gap year, I just wish I could do it again! Thank you AHA!

  • Friendly and knowledgeable tutors
  • Excellent food and convivial experiences
  • Unique insight into Italian culture and art history
  • None !
56 people found this review helpful.
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Words cannot accurately express how much I adored these weeks with AHA. I made lifelong friends that I will soon be traveling across seas to visit, vastly expanded my knowledge of the classical arts, truly learned to love and understand my authentic self, and ate some of the best food I have in years. Our lovely tutors became family--with them we were confident asking any kind of question about the imposing architecture or magnificent art, learned the most insanely unhinged historic stories, felt completely safe roaming the most vibrant streets of the world singing at the top of our lungs, and enjoyed good chats over dinner and endless laughter. This course has given me those wholly happy memories you can always look back on whenever the going might get tough, whilst also giving me that undeniable feeling that I am now ready to conquer the next stage of life.

  • Special, exclusive, early access (and even extra viewing time) to super busy spots
  • Showing us the absolute hidden gems of Italy (never would have seen some of these breathtaking spots without AHA's expertise)
  • The support from tutors and peers was incomparable (the people are the pro!!)
  • The pacing and feeling of the trip changed depending on the city and the tutors
61 people found this review helpful.
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AHA spring course

I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who fancies learning about art, whether you’re a complete beginner or have studied Art History before! The tutors were amazing and I made some very close friends!
You shouldn’t worry if you’re a solo traveller - everyone in my group had joined on their own and it encourages you to make new friends! This was one of my favourite trips on my gap year as you get to explore such a wide variety of art (sculpture, buildings, paintings etc.) with unique perspectives from passionate tutors.

  • Making new friends
  • Accommodation and transport on the course pre-arranged
  • Amazing Italian food!
66 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Hi, thanks for stopping by! To get a feel for the experience you will have on this trip we recommend reading reviews! You can find a ton of helpful reviews and pictures at the bottom of this page to help you out: https://www.gooverseas.com/gap-year/italy/art-history-abroa….