Franklin & Marshall's Summer Program in Italian is located in Vicchio del Mugello, a small town in Tuscany 30 km north of Florence, to which it is well connected by train.The town's major claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of the painter Giotto, whose house can still be visited today.It is also the site of a major Etruscan archaelogical excavation, sponsored by Franklin & Marshall, Southern Methodist University and the University of Pennsylvania Museum.
Students will arrive in Vicchio on June 2. Classes will begin on Monday, June 3 and end on Wednesday, July 11. All students will have four hours of class instruction daily. Students will be free during the weekends, but are strongly encouraged to participate in the weekend excursions organized by the program. The program will include a trip to Rome for several days of cultural visits related to the coursework. In Vicchio, students are able to spend free time visiting Florence, attending film screenings, and participating in sports, reading groups and other activities.
Italian 201 and 202, Intermediate Italian 1 and 2, are offered at Vicchio. Students participating in the Program take both of these courses and receive 2 regular F&M credits and letter grades for them, just as if the courses had been taken on the F&M campus.
The prerequisite for Italian 201 is satisfactory completion of Italian 102 or the equivalent, or placement at the 200 level. Upon their return to F&M, students will be able to enroll directly into third-year Italian (Italian 310).
Students who will have already completed Italian 202 have the opportunity to take a set of 300-level courses suited to their particular level.
Franklin & Marshall expects these courses to be available each summer, but they are dependent on minimum enrollment. Students are notified well in advance in the event that the program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
F&M professors Scott Lerner and Giovanna Faleschini Lerner will be the faculty in residence in Vicchio. Professor Scott Lerner (PhD in Comparative Literature, Harvard) is Professor of French and Italian and has taught both French and Italian literature and language courses at all levels. Giovanna Faleschini Lerner (PhD Italian, University of Pennsylvania) is Assistant Professor of Italian. She has taught Italian language courses at all levels at the University of Pennsylvania and at F&M. She has also participated in the U Penn-Bryn Mawr Summer Program in Florence Program, teaching a variety of language courses and organizing extra-curricular activities. In 2013 Professor Gianluca Rizzo (PhD Italian, UCLA), who is Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian and has extensive experience teaching language and literature both at F&M and at UCLA, will also be also teaching in the program.
Students are lodged in the hotel “L’Antica Porta di Levante,” located in the center of town, at walking distance from the train station, grocery stores, and restaurants. The hotel provides a high-quality breakfast and dinner every day. Students occupy double and triple rooms with private bathrooms.
The Program Fee is expected to be $6,700 in 2013. It includes the hotel in Vicchio with half pension (breakfast and dinner), the hotel in Rome, evening programs and excursions, and tuition for (2 credits). It does not include airfare, transportation from airport to Vicchio, train fare from Vicchio to Rome, lunches while in Vicchio and meals in Rome. Students are expected to make their own travel arrangements from the US. (This is common policy for summer travel courses at F&M, as it allows students some flexibility in their travel plans, such as spending more time in Europe after the course is over).