• Italy
    • Tuscania
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
High School Diploma
Apartment Host Family


Price Details
Pre-Departure Services:
- Advising, @api Online Resources, Orientation Materials and Support, Mobile Phone, Peer Mentors, Social Networking, and Scholarships.

On-site Services:
- Airport Reception, Resident Director, API Center, On-Site Orientation, Housing (Including Meals and Laundry with Some Options), Tuition, Tutoring, Language and Culture Tools, Medical and Life Insurance, Excursions (Overnight, Day and International in some locations), Social and Cultural Activities, API Learning and Engagement Badge Program, Welcome and Farewell Group Meals, and Volunteer Opportunities.

Re-entry Services:
- Re-Entry Materials and Support, Post-Program Evaluation, Transcript, Alumni-Network, and Development Opportunities.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance Wifi
Nov 17, 2023
Mar 04, 2013
7 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Tuscania is a small, idyllic Italian town located ninety minutes north of Rome on the border of Lazio and Tuscany. Tuscania has been admired for centuries for its picturesque setting, fine culture and foods, medieval walls, and cobblestoned streets. Tuscania provides endless opportunities for authentic cultural immersion. Some of the most beautiful churches in Italy are in Tuscania, including the stunning San Pietro and the magnificent Santa Maria Maggiore. It is not uncommon to find a medieval section of wall in the wine cellar of a modern restaurant or an Etruscan tomb used as the basement storage area of an apartment. The strong connection of the locals to their traditions, history, and folklore greatly influences the unique nature of the town.

For students who want one of the most unique study abroad experiences in Italy, check out the Two Italies Program in Florence and Tuscania. You'll take classes in these two fascinating Italian cities – getting the best of both worlds!

Video and Photos

Program Highlights

  • Exceptional opportunities for cultural immersion
  • Study within medieval town walls (literally!)
  • Be one of only a handful of foreigners in the town
  • A fascinating combination of ancient ruins and the modern world
  • Explore ancient Etruscan ruins and visit some of Italy’s most beautiful churches, with the ocean only 20 min away!

Popular Programs


Program for API students who choose to study abroad for the summer, semester or academic year at Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute – Tuscania may select from a variety of courses in the fields of Italian language and culture, humanities, sciences, and studio arts.


Lorenzo de’ Medici runs an intensive Archaeology Field School under the professional supervision of the University of Florence and in collaboration with Italian students of the Department of Archaeology. The principle goal of this program is to provide students with an opportunity to learn in a real research and excavation environment while gaining a comprehensive understanding of ancient Etruscan culture and archaeological methods.

Sketching the Tuscany countryside

In this traveling study abroad program, students will split their semester between both of Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute’s (LdM) locations in Florence and Tuscania! Students follow a structured program of five 3-credit courses, which together focus on interesting issues that intersect with the broader experience of Italy.


API Logo

API Scholarships and Financial Aid Information

API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student.

$250 - $1,000

Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
based on 4 reviews
  • 5 rating 100%
  • 4 rating 0%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 4.5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.75
  • Safety 5
Showing 1 - 4 of 4 reviews
Default avatar
Yes, I recommend this program

The best summer of my life

Studying in Tuscania was a decision I will always look back and smile about. This small, historic town gave me a real Italian experience. My friends and I adored feeling like we were absolutely immersed in another culture. Because it was small and not so much a tourist trap, we actually got to know some of the people in the town, and learned ways to communicate much faster than those studying in Florence or Rome. Plus we lived in the most adorable apartment within castle walls built before America was even discovered. It was so gorgeous and so serene, which is the absolute best way to do Italy if you ask me! My classes were so fun, and I looked forward to learning how to cook Italian cuisine and watching authentic Italian films every day. Plus the excursions that API planned for us to Florence, Rome, and Montepulchiano gave us the opportunity to see and experience other parts of Italy as well. I have only the fondest memories of my month spent in Tuscania.

56 people found this review helpful.
Default avatar
Yes, I recommend this program

A Perfect Opportunity!

Choosing to study in Tuscania was the best decision I could have ever made! The cozy size of the town created a completely unique experience; within a couple of days our whole group became part of the local community, and it was the furthest thing from a busy, "tourist trap" location. Since very few locals speak fluent English, living in Tuscania made learning the culture and language a necessity, but it was a challenge we all loved. By the end of my month there, we were having casual conversations on the streets with our neighbors. The school was so helpful and accommodating, and our apartment was beautiful. We also enjoyed some of the best food I've ever tasted, and with API's planned trips to cities like Rome and Florence we still experienced the things only a big city has to offer. My only regret is that I had to leave!

What would you improve about this program?
There were not that many local people in Tuscania who were our age. While the whole town was wonderful and friendly, it may have been a little more fun to meet Italians closer to our age to socialize and interact with.
66 people found this review helpful.
Read my full story
Default avatar
Yes, I recommend this program

No better program than API!

Studying abroad was the most wonderful experience of my life and API made the transition easier and made sure I got the most out of my time abroad. API staff picked us up at the airport, gave us a VERY useful binder that included italian phrases, places to eat, shop, travel to, means of transportation, maps, coupons, and more. We went on weekend excursions on most weekends that included at least one meal and took us to places like Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Varisano vinyard, and Pizza University where pizza was first invented! While in Florence API included three free meals at the most amazing places. When we arrived we had a welcome dinner on the rooftop terrace, they also gave a free dinner at THE best pizza place in Florence, and another rooftop farewell dinner which was so amazing! The staff was so helpful and were available at all hours if we needed help. I cannot say enough good things about API!!! Everything that is included in the program makes it worth every penny and makes the experience better than it every would have been had I traveled on my own.

69 people found this review helpful.
Default avatar
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome Italian Experience

When I first started looking at going abroad I was overwhelmed with the choices in programs available. I ended up selecting to study abroad with API and it was the best decision I ever made concerning my academics. API provides its students with the best help, housing, excursions, and involvement opportunities. While studying at LdM in Florence I was able to meet students from other programs that I had decided not to study with and all of the students were jealous of everything that I was receiving as an API student. The staff worked tirelessly to help me secure the documents and finances needed to study abroad and, once in Europe, provided the best advice about weekend and holiday travel, cultural events, and activities. There were so many opportunities available through API that I wouldn't have received if I would have gone with another program. API placed us in an awesome apartment right in downtown Florence where we were in walking distance of all major historical and cultural destinations, and transportation. API set up events for us to attend such a Fiorentina game, city tours, a cooking class, a circus show, community service, and even participation in the city's half marathon. During our excursions, we went to the most popular cities during the height of their cultural activities for the year and we always stayed in the best accommodations. If you are looking at studying abroad, definitely choose API. They are the best program, hands down! If you go with another program, you'll spend your whole experience jealous of the opportunities that the API students received.

59 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers