Florence July 2018 Blyth Academy International Summers Program


About This Program

Rising up from the Tuscan countryside is the breathtaking city of Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance.

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Florence boasts walkable cobblestone streets that play host to countless works of art and architecture, bustling outdoor markets, and innumerable piazzas filled with locals sipping espresso in the morning sun—not to mention awe-inspiring and iconic sites like the Duomo.

Students will enjoy sunrises over Piazzale Michelangelo, sunsets on the Ponte Vecchio, and visits to the city’s ubiquitous trattorias and gelaterias. Visit the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery, home to classical masterpieces, and the Galleria dell’Accademia, the site of Michelangelo’s David; people-watch from the banks of the Arno River; climb to the rooftop of the awe-inspiring Santa Maria del Fiore, the third-largest church in the world; and picnic in parks and gardens.

Optional excursions allow students several opportunities to get to know Italy a little better, including an exhilarating day out in the Tuscan town of Siena for the Palio, a horse race held since medieval times, pitting neighbourhood against neighbourhood in a bareback race around the Piazza del Campo.

Perhaps choose a day in Venice, the beautiful City of Canals, and visit the Rialto Bridge, Grand Canal, and St. Mark’s Square; spend a day in Rome, visiting the impressive Colosseum and Roman Forum; or opt to relax on the sandy shores of a Mediterranean beach for a little fun in the Italian sun.

SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTE: Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes! Many of the places we visit in Italy will be discovered on foot, and cobblestone is everywhere! Flip-flops are best saved for the beach.


June 29th – July 21st, 2020

Florence ▸ 21 days

*All dates are subject to change.


Activities included in your program

City Walking Tour
City Walking Tour
Uffizi Gallery
Uffizi Gallery
Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio
Included in your program: City Walking Tour
Included in your program: Uffizi Gallery
Included in your program: Duomo
Included in your program: Ponte Vecchio
Included in your program: Markets

▸ Round-trip group airfare from Toronto
▸ Group airport transfers at location
▸ Transportation between cities
▸ Accommodation
▸ Tuition

▸ Breakfast and dinner daily
▸ Farewell Banquet
▸ Supervision
▸ Pre-departure briefing and materials
▸ Designated outings and activities

▸ City orientation tours
▸ Use of free Internet, where available*
▸ Access to Travel Journal
▸ Access to Vidigami photo sharing
▸ And much more!

* Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.



Florence: TBA


Dear Future Student

Florence was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I got to make so many new friends and try so many new things. I came into this trip very nervous to be away from my family for so long, but as soon as we got on the plane all I felt was excitement. We went on so many little adventures, and we ate so much pizza! I recommend Amalo’s gelateria and cookie gelato. Hope you have as much fun as me!



Flight Details

Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure

Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?

Blyth Academy airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth Academy group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please complete the Airport Meet-and-Greet application. Applications must be received by June 1st and will be fulfilled as available.



Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.


Optional Excursions

The following are examples of optional excursion our students participated in last summer. Excursions and prices are subject to change. Please check back in April 2020 for a final list and your chance to register!

Optional Excursion: Full-Day in Venice
Optional Excursion: Viareggio Beach
Optional Excursion: Full day in Rome
Optional Excursion: Full day in Rome
Optional Excursion: Tower of Pisa
Optional Excursion: Full-Day in Venice
Optional Excursion: Viareggio Beach
Optional Excursion: Full day in Rome
Optional Excursion: Tower of Pisa
Optional Excursion: Tower of Pisa

Travel Services
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
Tuition & Supervision$2,500
Taxes & Fees$700

Cancellation Protection - click for policy details.$290
Medical Insurance* - click for policy details.$90
Cancellation Protection & Medical Insurance Package*$370

Did you know you can redeem Aeroplan, TD Travel, or CIBC Aventura points to the cost of the program? Click here for more details.***

*Medical insurance is available to Canadian residents only. While Cancellation protection and Medical insurance is optional, we strongly recommend that you purchase both.

**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $700 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, dates, departure taxes, fees, and surcharges are subject to change.

***Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.