The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai is committed to providing quality international educational opportunities for students of American colleges and universities. In support of this mission, the Institute offers a study abroad program firmly rooted in the American liberal arts tradition taught by a distinguished faculty and supported by an experienced and dedicated administration and staff.
Participants take courses in a variety of disciplines (language, art history, architecture, history, political science, literature, psychology, business administration, studio art) while immersed in the artistic and architectural riches of a unique urban complex and experiencing the city-as-campus. The Institute is comprised of three facilities.
Two floors of this famous Renaissance residence have been refurbished for use as an educational center with classrooms, computer labs, library, student lounge, administrative offices, and a large student services center. The entire facility has wireless internet access.
The classrooms are large, ornately decorated rooms with their original 18th century frescoes and furnishings. The Library holds a growing collection of books and periodicals selected to support the needs of the academic program. Internet access to electronic databases and libraries is available on all computers, and both wireless access and an Ethernet port system provide convenient access for personal laptops. Students may also access the nearby Library of the British Institute and other city libraries whose holdings include titles in English.
PALAZZO ALAMANNI - Architecture Studio
The architecture studio is located in a classic late Renaissance palazzo. The walk along the Arno river from Palazzo Rucellai to Palazzo Alamanni offers some of the loveliest views of Florence—the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizzi, and the many grand palazzi which line the river—a true source of architectural inspiration. Click here for more information about the studio and the architecture program.
PALAZZO FEDERIGHI - Art Studio Moro
Located just a two minute walk from Palazzo Rucellai, the recently opened and completely renovated art studio provides our art students with the opportunity to learn and work in a space reminiscent of the workshops of Renaissance artists. In fact, as shown by its vaulted ceiling and brick arches, it was originally a medieval bottega. One of the rooms serves as a drawing, painting, and sculpture studio with space for traditional life-drawing and for art shows. The second room has been designed specifically for fresco classes, with walls prepared with rough plaster. Students are able to paint directly on the walls using the same traditional fresco techniques as the medieval and Renaissance masters such as Giotto, Masaccio and Michelangelo. Students learn the strappo technique of removing frescoes from walls—a process used by modern-day fresco restorers.