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Experiencing Modern Italy

March 25th, 2024

From Morocco to Italy to Syria, the Mediterranean Sea is a hotbed of events for historians, and historians-to-be, to explore. Prof. Mustafa Aksakal discusses the importance of Modern Italian history through the courses he’s teaching at Villa Le Balze.…

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Take Off Your Headphones and Enjoy the Soundscape

November 14th, 2023

Modern musical notation, lyric opera, the violin, and Måneskin all have one thing in common – they are the product of Italy’s rich culture of music and sound. This semester in Fiesole, our Hoyas are immersing themselves into this cultural touchstone through Villa Sounds, a special concert series.…

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Sustainability at Villa Le Balze: Explained.

October 24th, 2023

Villa Le Balze reflects on this year’s Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo theme: Sustainability. To celebrate, this article serves as a deep dive into the Villa’s own sustainability, what we already do, and what we are planning to do in the future.…

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What Everyone Asks Me About Studying Abroad in Italy This Summer

August 30th, 2023

This past summer, I spent five weeks studying abroad in Italy at Villa Le Balze – Georgetown’s study abroad location overlooking Florence. To share with you a snippet of my experience, I compiled the answers to some frequently asked questions I received from friends and family after returning from Italy!…

Seven students and the Resident Assistant standing in Florence's soccer stadium.

Villa Le Balze Welcomes Back Students on Site for Fall 2021

October 22nd, 2021

On September 1st, Georgetown’s Villa Le Balze in Florence, Italy welcomed its first students back on site since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. They were greeted by Renaissance style buildings dotting the sprawling Florentine hills, as well as a few changes.…

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Villa Le Balze’s Dynamic Ability to Adapt

January 28th, 2021

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly difficult and trying, Villa Le Balze’s dynamic ability to adapt has allowed the staff members and instructors to impact and benefit the Georgetown community in many new ways.…

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Spring 2021 Virtual Villa Le Balze Classes

November 23rd, 2020

While originally planned to be taught on-site in Italy at Villa Le Balze, these virtual courses will now be available to all Georgetown students alongside main campus courses.…

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