Christmas (in Italian “Natale”) is the most important event for an Italian family.

During this time, people spend valued time with their families above all, rather than spending time with friends or boyfriends or girlfriends. When there is a family reunion, there is always mamma’s homemade meals. The illumination in Florence is not extravagant, but it creates a romantic and warm atmosphere to surround residents and visitors.

During the period before Christmas, the whole city is buzzing with the festive mood, preparing for Christmas day. The city of Florence becomes full of people running around for Christmas shopping, preparing gifts and seasonal cards for family and friends, as well as people coming back from work or school outside of the city.

On the day of Christmas, the entire city will be silent as if time has stopped, with occasional interruption by distant laughter or music. After spending Christmas with family, come the end of the year and Happy New Year with friends and lovers. The city does not sleep all night. Together with countdown, cheerful fireworks and firecrackers, the streets are filled with smoke.

Why don’t you spend a marvelous winter in Florence? With Accademia Riaci’s Christmas program, you can enjoy Italian Christmas as you study Italian arts or cuisine.

This year, students can choose among the following subjects:

・ Painting and Drawing
・ Jewelry Making
・ Italian Home Cooking
・ Italian Language

All the lessons are available with an English interpreter, so you don’t have to worry about language. In case you want to stay in Italy after the course ends, we will be happy to extend your accommodation period upon your request.


10 reasons why you should choose the Accademia Riaci Christmas Course 2020!
  • 1. You can earn credits!
    You can earn credits by taking a 1-week or longer program.
  • 2. Variety of Subjects
    Select your subject from available courses, or you can combine different ones.
  • 3. Intensive Classes
    Intensive classes with a double number of lessons.
  • 4. English language: Learn from native English-speaking instructors
    Learn English while enjoying your visit to Florence, Italy. Our native English-speaking instructors make this unique and amazing plan possible!
  • 5. Special welcome kit
    With our special welcome kit (guide map of Florence, pen, notebook, file folder, bus pass or ticket), you can enjoy sightseeing Florence from the very first day.
  • 6. Art Visits
    Discover the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance through guided art visits. Great experience to live and study in Florence surrounded by the treasure of history and art.
  • 7. Cultural Visits
    Share the unique Italian experience with other students through a visit to various interesting locations such as the world’s heritage, “Chianti Winery” and/or our unique “Pizza lesson”.
  • 8. Meal and drink Vouchers
    One meal voucher or one drink voucher provided everyday. Buon Appetito!
  • 9. Housing
    Housing (twin room) is included in the fees. Enjoy your school life with new friends!
  • 10. Interpreter for Art and Cooking classes
    The interpreter available during lectures (not during hands-on training): English or Spanish (for other languages, please contact us).

Painting & Drawing

Christmas is the best season to study Painting & Drawing in the city of Florence. You can see and feel the joyous yet solemn atmosphere of Christmas in Florence, which for certain will add new inspirations to your artworks.
Depending on each student’s level, experiences and the length of the course taken, our instructors (professional artists) will give hands-on lessons from the basics to the advanced drawing techniques. Also, take advantage of studying with students in different art majors, which is another way of getting fresh inspirations.

Jewelry Making

Why not learn to make romantic and seasonal jewelry of your own in Florence during the beautiful Christmas season? You start with making a simple ring, and then move on to elegant rings, earrings/pierces or pendant heads, depending on the length of your course. You can go home with your beautiful jewelry piece at the end of the course.

Enjoy Christmas (special program)

Enjoy Christmas course allows students to study in Italy but out of the classroom on foot, and use 5 senses (watch, listen, feel, smell and taste) fully to experience Italian life.
Students will enjoy:
– Experiencing Italian culture by attending daily unique visits (such as eating tour in town, pizza making lesson, etc.)
Florence, without a saying, is known for its artistic and historical spots and monuments. This course will let you explore Italy deeper than usual travel tours; definitely for students wanting to enjoy the Christmas time in Italy in full blast!

Italian Home Cooking

Special Dishes for a special day – Enjoy a wonderful Italian Christmas time while learning how to prepare some of Italy’s most delicious traditional dishes.

For more details, please visit "FCAS Florence Culinary Arts School"

Schedules & Tuition Fees

For further information, please contact us.
Check the course code on the left side of the course schedule you are interested in.

Duration Art&Design,
Home Cooking
Start Date
1week lesson €1,600 €950 Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec.13, Dec 20
1week lesson + 1week stay €1,750 €1,100 Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec.13, Dec 20
1week lesson + 2week stay €1,900 €1,250 Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec.13
1week lesson + 3week stay €2,050 €1,400 Nov. 29, Dec. 6
1week lesson + 4week stay €2,200 €1,550 Nov. 29
2week lesson €2,600 €1,350 Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec.13
2week lesson + 1week stay €2,750 €1,500 Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec.13
2week lesson + 2week stay €2,900 €1,650 Nov. 29, Dec. 6
2week lesson + 3week stay €3,050 €1,800 Nov. 29
3week lesson €3,600 €1,900 Nov. 29, Dec. 6
3week lesson + 1week stay €3,750 €2,050 Nov. 29, Dec. 6
3week lesson + 2week stay €3,900 €2,200 Nov. 29
4week lesson €4,600 €2,450 Nov. 29
4week lesson + 1week stay €4,750 €2,600 Nov. 29

Course Details

Course Schedule
Day 1 week course 2-week course
Sun. Arrival in Florence Arrival in Florence
Mon. Orientation, City tour & Lunch, Lesson Orientation, City tour & Lunch, Lesson
Tue. Lessons Lessons
Wed. Lesson Lesson
Thu. Lessons Lessons
Fri. (AM) Art visit
(PM) Cultural visit
(AM) Art visit
(PM) Cultural visit
Sat. Check out, Return Home Free time
Sun. Free time
Mon. Lessons
Tue. Lessons
Wed. Lessons
Thu. Lessons
Fri. (AM) Art visit
Sat. Check out, Return Home
*You can stay up to 5 weeks.
Please refer to the right for additional charge →

*The course schedule may change without prior notice due to the school or the professor. For further details, please contact the Office of Admissions.


  • Enrollment Fee
  • Tuition: Intensive lessons (22 lessons/week with professor + Independent Study* without instructor). Each lesson=45 minutes)
  • Facilities Fee
  • English-Italian interpretation service for the half of each lesson with professor
  • Orientation
  • City Tour
  • Welcome Lunch
  • Welcome Kit (City map, pen, notebook, file folder, bus pass or tickets for lessons)
  • One meal or one drink voucher a day (may be replaced by a lunch gathering, cooking lesson or lunch box. No meal and drink voucher provided for housing-only period after the completion of your courses).
  • Weekly guided Art Visits
  • Cultural Experience (such as making pizza, gelato, and many more. 1 experience per week).
  • Housing in shared apartment (single room available)
  • Housing utilities expense

  • Meal vouchers for housing extra stay
  • Flight tickets
  • Transportation costs not related to the lessons
  • Personal expenses
  • Cost of materials

Accommodation single room additional fee:

200 Euro for 1 week, 240 Euro for 2 weeks, 270 Euro for 3 weeks, 300 Euro for 4 weeks
– Housing extension fees (if you want to stay in our apartments for a period over the course duration)
1 week: 150 Euro
2 weeks: 300 Euro
3 weeks: 450 Euro
4 weeks: 600 Euro

Airport sending (1-way from accommodation to the airport): 160 Euro


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