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Florendce from above

  • May 24, 2022–June 6, 2022
  • Off Campus
  • $5,295 based on double occupancy

An in-depth exploration of the arts and culture of Florence + time in Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Perugia, and Rome

Update: Tour status

As of early February 2022, this tour has just one or two spaces remaining. For the most current availability, please check with Witte Travel.

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, and 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.


The cost is $5295 per person from Grand Rapids, based on double occupancy, with $295 supplement for single accommodations. See the "cancellations and refunds" section of the tour brochure for info on cancellation fees.

Optional travel protection is available through Travelex Insurance Services. See their website for an overview of what coverage is included or excluded related to COVID-19, and see the tour brochure for a link to the full policy.

More information

See the tour brochure (PDF) for the full itinerary. Email if you would like to receive a print copy of this brochure.

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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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