Florendce from above

  • May 14, 2021–May 27, 2021
  • Off Campus

Note: This tour has been rescheduled from May 2020 to May 2021. We expect to have 8-10 openings for new participants. Updated pricing and registration will be available in July 2020.

Theme: Florence through the Eyes of Dante

Staying in the heart of Florence—hometown of Dante Alighieriwe'll see the wonders of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Fra Angelico, Botticelli as we use excerpts from Dante’s Divine Comedy as a lens to understand the city and its rich heritage.


  • Duomo Museum and Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Laurentian Library and the Medici Chapels
  • Accademia Gallery
  • Walking tour of Siena, in the Tuscan countryside
  • Cooking class at a farmhouse near Lucca
  • Walking tour of Pisa
  • Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Colosseum and Roman Forum


Dr. Jennifer Holberg is professor of English and co-director of the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing. She is a popular CALL teacher, and she has led Calvin student interim classes to study Dante in Florence.

Tour pace

While this tour will have a more moderate overall pace than some alumni/CALL trips (1-3 stops per day with plenty of free time), please note that tour participants will still spend significant time on their feet. On some of the days, you will be walking from your lodging to the tour destinations, along with the walking you'll do through the galleries, churches, and museums. Participants can expect to walk on cobblestone streets, uneven ground, hills, and stairways. Please contact Dr. Holberg if you have additional questions about the tour pace and the walking involved.


Home base for this tour will be Sanctuary Firenza, the convent guest house of the Suore Oblate. The rooms are simple and all beds in the guest house are single beds, but this tranquil setting in the heart of Florence will provide a delightful setting for our tour group. A light continental breakfast is provided each morning.

Note about single rooms: As of spring 2019, we have just a few remaining single rooms. If you register as a single, we may need to pair you with a roommate. You would then be charged the lower double-occupancy rate. 


The May 2020 tour was $4,995 per person from Grand Rapids, based on double occupancy, with $295 supplement for single accommodations. We are doing our best to keep 2021 tour costs similar, but won't have final pricing until July when we are able to book flights.

More information

See the tour brochure (PDF) for the full itinerary. Email alumni@calvin.edu with your name and address if you would like to be notified when registration re-opens for May 2021.

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Calvin travel programs are open to Calvin alumni and friends: non-alumni spouses, Calvin parents, CALL members and any friends of Calvin are welcome to participate. Learn more about our other tour destinations, too.



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