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Florence, Italy, a city full of inspirational history and culture, is a captivating backdrop for any film. Often called the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence’s ideas of beauty through architecture have had a worldwide impact, and the city has an impressive artistic legacy.
The Academy’s summer film and acting camps for teens are held amid the greatest artistic and architectural works of the renaissance, like Michelangelo’s Medici Chapel, the Duomo, and the church of Santa Maria Novella.
Florence is known as “the jewel in the crown of Renaissance Italy,” having been the home of such distinguished artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. The city is small but remarkably beautiful, and mostly pedestrianized. Walking is the most pleasant way to visit most destinations, and the narrow Mediterranean-styled streets and piazzas are full of locations for film shoots.
Situated in northwest Italy, surrounded by the hills of Chianti, Florence is the capital of the region of Tuscany. In Florence, the New York Film Academy workshops provide a stimulating educational experience that draws upon the rich cultural resources of both past and present Italy.
The New York Film Academy has been invited by the government of Tuscany to hold our summer camps in Florence. NYFA Florence is located in the neighborhood of Santa Croce, whose curved streets are the remnants of the amphitheater built 2,000 years ago! This iconic location is just steps away from the Piazza Santa Croce. We feel it’s the perfect place to learn the art and craft of filmmaking and acting for film.
High School students in our Florence program reside in the quiet, 3-star Hotel Liana, in the heart of Florence. Qualified counselors who reside in the hotel with the students carefully supervise students. Transportation to and from school is arranged in advance and students travel in pairs or groups morning and afternoon, which is also arranged by the counselors.
Parents have the option of signing a permission waiver, which allows students to explore the city of Florence without adult supervision. However, even if students have such permission, they must still report to a counselor with their destination and scheduled time of return. This is very important, otherwise the parental permission is not considered valid.
A strict curfew is enforced at Hotel Liana and each room is checked every night by counselors who are always available and minutes away at all times.
On weekends students partake in organized activities. With staff and counselors, students may visit an off-site location such as the Uffizi museum or the nearby Fiesole, a ruined Roman town. Some out of town excursions, completely supervised and lasting no more than one day, are also arranged, such as a day trip to see the highlights of Rome.
If medical attention becomes necessary, there are a number of hospitals and emergency clinics in Florence with practitioners and specialists who speak English, German, and French, and our counselors will escort a student immediately to one of these facilities. We require all students submit their medical insurance information prior to the start of the workshop.
NYFA students have the opportunity to take field trips to important sites all around Tuscany. Destinations in the past have included the Roman Ruins of nearby Fiesole and a day in Pisa. These outings are conducted and chaperoned by Film Academy staff.
In Florence, NYFA students visit sights such as the Duomo, where many of Michelangelo’s most wondrous works are housed. The Cathedral Museum also includes in its collection some of the finest examples of Renaissance art found anywhere in the world, including work by Donatello and Leonardo da Vinci. Florence also has abundant bookshops, Internet cafés, coffee shops, restaurants, cinemas, and stores.
The equipment our Film and Acting for Film Summer Camps students use is comparable to that of the leading degree programs in the United States.
Every summer, the New York Film Academy arranges for convenient and comfortable housing in a residential hotel in the historical center of Florence. Rooms are double occupancy, and supervised by our staff. Campers who require housing but choose not to participate in our residential program under the care and supervision of the New York Film Academy residential staff must find alternate housing facilities. Campers who choose not to participate in our residential program are welcome to reside independently at any facility, other than the designated facility that will be housing our residential campers. Students living independently will be considered commuting students who are not under NYFA care outside of class time.
A school cafeteria allows students to eat inexpensively. The streets of Florence are dotted with restaurants and cafés so everyone should find something to their taste. Dining is an art in Tuscany, to students with gourmet tastes, we say “buon appetito.” You can reasonably expect to spend under $30 per day on food. Eating in restaurants can be more expensive.
Want to learn more about spending your summer in Florence, Italy? Click here to apply or request more information.
Please note that dates, curriculum, and prices are subject to change.
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