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The Office of Global Education & The College of Communication and Information: Florence Alumni & Friends Tour

This September, join us in Italy for an exclusive peek Behind the Scenes of the Renaissance in the great cities of Florence and Siena.

A Destination Like No Other

This trip for friends and alumni is hosted by the Office of Global Education and the College of Communication and Information, and features:

  • A journey back in time to glimpse everyday life during the Renaissance
  • Private access to museums when they are closed to the public
  • Insiders to take you to the best secrets of Florence and Siena
  • Internationally renowned experts in Italian art, history and culture to tell the stories

Former Dean of the College of Communication and Information Stanley Wearden, Ph.D., Associate Provost of the Office of Global Education Marcello Fantoni, Ph.D., and Director of Kent State Florence Fabrizio Ricciardelli give details about the exciting Florence Alumni and Friends Tour.


A landscape view of a street in Florence

Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy

Featured above are beautiful images of Florence from the past few years.

Art, History, Beauty, Wonder

  • Special access to the Uffizi Gallery when it is closed to the public, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the Western world
  • Rare access to the Vasari Corridor, the private passage connecting the Uffizi with the Medici Palace across the river
  • Palazzo Davanzati, built in the 14th century by the Davizzi family, wealthy members of the wool guild
  • The Accademia Gallery and face-to-face time with Michelangelo’s masterpiece, The David
  • The breathtaking Santissima Annunziata and its Madonna, reputedly painted by an angel

Two stacked photos show the elegance and beauty of Florence

Hidden, Festive, Sublime, Mouthwatering

We will enjoy a day trip through Tuscany to the exquisite town of Siena, with its unique shell-shaped Piazza del Campo. We’ll visit the Palazzo Pubblico, the Cathedral, and the underground museum of Contrada dell’Onda, one of the seventeen neighborhoods of the city that compete in the famous Palio horse race. 

Lunches and dinners, as well as a wine and traditional Italian food tasting, have been specially selected to confirm the deliciousness of the Renaissance and the perfection of Italian food and drink today, culminating with our farewell dinner at the exquisite Palazzo Niccolini. 

Visits to the remarkable historic Palazzo dei Cerchi and Palazzo Bartolini Baldelli, which house Kent State Florence, will acquaint you with the amazing educational presence Kent State has had in Florence for more than 40 years. 

You’ll have no shortage of choices during free time for shopping and independent exploring.


Planning Your Trip


We are happy to assist or make recommendations, but you will be asked to reserve your own round-trip flight based on your preferences. If you are coming for the tour only, your flight should depart for Florence on Sept. 20 and return to the States on Sept. 26. Of course you can extend your stay in Europe if you like, but please plan to be in Florence Sept. 21–26 because the tour itself will occupy those dates.


We have reserved rooms at the beautiful Hotel Santa Maria Novella, a four-star hotel overlooking the piazza and cathedral of the same name. This palazzo-turned-hotel is just a few minutes walk from many major sights. The rooms we’ve reserved are double superior with a view for €290 + city tax of €4 per person/per night, and include breakfast. A larger or smaller room may be available on request.  Visit the Hotel website.


The price of this tour is $1,000 per person (plus airfare and accommodations as described above), which includes all museum entry fees, tour guides, transportation to Siena, three lunches and three dinners, plus the occasional surprise ...

We hope you’ll join us on this remarkable journey back to the Renaissance, and we look forward to sharing time with you in the singularly fascinating and beautiful city of Florence. Space on this tour is extremely limited, so reserve your spot soon.

Ready to join the tour? Looking for more information? See the links below for downloads and to contact us.

For more information or to participate, please contact

Christine Isenberg


Phone: 330-672-2767