Florendce from above

  • August 7, 2020–August 20, 2020
  • Off Campus
  • $4,995

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. Dr. Holberg will be teaching a fall 2019 CALL class on the Inferno section of the Divine Comedy and a spring 2020 class on Purgatorio and Paradiso ($40 CALL membership, $30 course fee: learn more | register)

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 December 2019, the single rooms are near capacity. 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. 


$4,995 per person from Grand Rapids, based on double occupancy
($295 supplement for single accommodations)

More information

See the tour brochure (PDF) for the full itinerary and registration details. Email alumni@calvin.edu with your name and address if you would like to have a print copy of the tour brochure mailed to you.

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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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