Christmas (in Italian “Natale”) is the most important holiday for Italian families.

In Italy, Christmas officially kicks off with the Day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on December 8. This is when decorations go up (both on the streets and inside Italian homes) and when some Christmas markets start. Christmas lights illuminate the streets of Florence, and a big tree takes its place in the Piazza Duomo just beside the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The illumination in Florence is not extravagant, but it creates a romantic and warm atmosphere to surround residents and visitors.

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 Christmas Day, the entire city is silent as if time just stops, with occasional interruption by distant laughter or music.

Christmas is a great time to enjoy beautiful Florence and at the same time learning one of the subjects offered by Accademia Riaci.

For Christmas 2021, students can choose among the following subjects:

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

The class sizes are kept small and all courses are taught in Italian with a free English interpretation service.

Upon completion of the course, students will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

  • November 28, 2021
  • December 5, 2021
  • December 12, 2021
  • December 19, 2021


10 reasons why you should choose the Accademia Riaci Christmas Course 2021!
  • 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 Vouchers
    Meal vouchers (*2 daily meal vouchers a week + 2 Coffee/tea/mineral water vouchers a week). 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.

TUITION & FEES (in Euros/€)

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. 28, Dec. 5, Dec.12, Dec 19
2week lesson €2,600 €1,350 Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec.12
3week lesson €3,600 €1,900 Nov. 28, Dec. 5
4week lesson €4,600 €2,450 Nov. 28

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
  • Facility fees (no materials)
  • City Tour
  • Welcome kit (city map, pen, notebook, file folder, one lunch ticket)
  • Bus pass
  • English interpretation service
  • Housing in a shared apartment, twin room (single room available at an extra fee)
  • Housing utility costs
  • Meal vouchers (*2 daily meal vouchers a week + 2 Coffee/tea/mineral water vouchers a week).
  • Weekly guided art visits
  • Cultural experience (one time).

  • Cost of materials
  • Florence Tourist Tax (28 euros) and WIFI costs (5 euros per week): for those who stay in our housing.

SINGLE ROOM additional fees:
1 week: € 200.00
2 weeks: € 240.00
3 weeks: € 270.00

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