"When in Rome, do as the Romans do," says an old saying. So then what is it the Romans do? They stroll ancient streets and window shop in the center of the city, sip a coffee or have dinner with friends while sitting al fresco in the piazza, or spend tim with their families in one of Rome's many public gardens. In so doing they live the city, surrounded by history and art masterpieces, as if it were a superb, open-air living museum. What better place to study history than the cities of Rome and Florence? After learning about the historical importance of leaders like Julius Caesar, you can walk only a few steps to the Forum and stand where Caesar served as an orator and statesman and ultimately met his death. You will learn about the embodiment of Florentine power through one of the medieval city's famous and notorious Medici family whil visiting Il Palazzo dell Signoria with the famous statue of Michelangelo's David nearby. And what about Art History? You will stroll the paths of Emperor Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, marvel at the engineering miracle that is the Pantheon, experience firsthand the Classical sculptures of the Vatican collection, witness the beginnings of a new religion as you descend into the Christian catacombs, explore the mosaic beauty of the Byzantine chruches of Ravenna, and wonder at the Renaissance revival while strolling the streets of Assisi, Siena, and Florence. Last but not least, you will learn valuable information in the classroom about Italian culture and Italian language then apply your new knowledge and skills that same evening while speaking with Italians you may have met in cafes, on the Spanish Steps, or in one of the discos or small clubs of Florence or Rome. All of this will enrich your studies in Italy with a first-hand immersion into the true dolce vita.