Posted by: Villa Le Balze | April 8, 2014

Instagram

Students have created an Instagram account for Villa Le Balze. This is a student initiative. If you are interested please follow Villa Le Balze on Instagram to get daily updates from the students in Fiesole. @VillaLeBalze

 

Posted by: Villa Le Balze | April 7, 2014

Val D’Orcia

Italian instructors Imperatrice Di Passio and Donatella Paolini took the group on Friday to Val D’Orcia for a field trip to the monastery at Sant’Antimo and a cheese factory. Once again the photographs are courtesy of  William Smith III.

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Posted by: Villa Le Balze | April 4, 2014

College Board of Advisors

Today we were thrilled to host the College Board of Advisors for their board meeting at Villa Le Balze. We are thankful to Dean Chester Gillis and his staff for deciding to come to Villa Le Balze for this event. We were also honored to host Chairman Paul Tagliabue of the University Board of Directors.

Posted by: Villa Le Balze | April 3, 2014

Rome.

Last weekend we spent three busy days in Rome studying important works by the Baroque masters as well as sites of ancient Rome. All photographs courtesy of William Smith III.

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Posted by: Villa Le Balze | April 1, 2014

Fra Dominic

Last week we were visited by Fra Dominic of the Abbey at Sant’ Antimo where he serves in the Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré. He gave the students an introduction in Italian to the sung liturgy that his order practices at the abbey.

Next week the students will be visiting the Abbey at Sant’Antimo and experiencing the sung liturgy by Fra Dominic and his Order.

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Posted by: Villa Le Balze | March 21, 2014

Martin J. Sherwin on Italy and WWII

Yesterday we hosted Pulitzer prize winner, Martin J. Sherwin at Villa Le Balze. Sherwin is directing the Spring semester program in Florence for George Mason University. Our Faculty Member in Residence, Andrew Bennett invited Sherwin to speak to his class on Italy and WWII.

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Posted by: Villa Le Balze | March 18, 2014

Siena and San Gimignano

On Saturday the group went to Siena and San Gimignano with Prof. Elena Brizio.

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Posted by: Villa Le Balze | March 17, 2014

Opificio delle Pietre Dure

Last Friday the group visited the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence. The Opificio has been operating in Florence since 1588 and is a center of excellence for art restoration today.

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Posted by: Villa Le Balze | February 18, 2014

Scuola del Cuoio – Trattoria da Rocco

On Friday the City of Florence class visited the Scuola del Cuoio at Santa Croce. After the tour we had lunch at Trattoria da Rocco in the Sant’ Ambrogio Market in Piazza Ghiberti.

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Photographs provided by Spring 2014 program participant William Smith III.

Posted by: Villa Le Balze | January 22, 2014

Spring 2014 Semester is underway

Villa Le Balze has come alive once again with a group of 14 Hoyas and visiting faculty, Prof. Andrew Bennett.

The students are settling in nicely to their life here at the villa in Fiesole.

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