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LUISS Guido Carli


Art and Cultural Heritage in Italy

The Summer Program in Art and Cultural Heritage in Italy is an intensive course offered by LUISS Business School to provide participants with a full immersion into Italian art.

This will be done through lectures by prominent figures of this field and visits to museums, art galleries, churches and monuments.


The Summer Program in Art and Cultural Heritage in Italy is designed for undergraduates who have completed at least two years of university study, as well as master's and PhD students.

Dates  July 10-15, July 17-22, 2017
Location Rome, Florence, Tivoli
Credits 2 ECTS per week
Level Advanced bachelor's degree
Course leader Professor Luca Pirolo, Director of the LUISS Creative Business Center
Early bird deadline March 15, 2017
Standard deadline May 30, 2017

The program is divided in two weeks of lectures and visits. Although it is only by attending both weeks that students will gain a consistent knowledge of art and cultural heritage in Italy, it is possible to attend only one week.


  • Theory of visual communication: the capacity of an onlooker to visualize and interpret the work of art in relationship with its context and how art communicates through the aesthetic dimension to the viewer.
  • Curating art museums and exhibitions: as curators have become more actively involved in the production of meaning, their work has been increasingly read through the notions of artistry and creativity. Exploring the meaning of curating art and how it is done.
  • Museums of modern and contemporary art, display and management: examining the art of the twentieth century and that of the new millennium through the analysis of the most renown museums in the world. Most of these museums are structured both artistically and architecturally to host specific kinds of art; we will discuss their management and artistic choices to reach an understanding of their functioning.
  • Ancient Rome, a historical heritage: an educational path through ancient Rome from the republican era to the empire through roman triumphal painting. The perception of space and of the architectural shapes in ancient Rome; the definition of the internal spaces which contributed to the diffusion, though the vast empire, of an awareness of belonging to a power with no equals.
  • Renaissance and Baroque in Rome: an overview of Renaissance and Baroque that follows the transition from the symmetry and balance of the Renaissance to the intuition of the limitless universe, place of endless becoming, testified by the Baroque magnificence.

Visits in Rome

  • Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica di Palazzo Barberini
  • Galleria Borghese
  • Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Contemporanea
  • Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Vatican Museums
  • Villa Farnesina
  • MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XI secolo
  • Museo Nazionale Romano
  • Caravaggio and Bernini Walk
  • Musei Capitolini
  • Galleria Colonna 

Visits in Florence

The most popular and important sites in Florence including the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi Museum, the Accademia and the Churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce. 

Visit Tivoli

Visit the historic vacation homes of the Roman élite: Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana


Fees, including accommodation

  • €1,800 per week for students from partner universities, early bird rate
  • €2,000 standard rate per week
  • €3,500 total for students who participate in both weeks

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