To celebrate the 50 year anniversary of SU Florence, alumni of the program were invited to a ‘festa’ held October 25-28 in Florence, Italy. Over 60 SUF alums and their guests traveled to Italy to attend the event, which featured faculty lead discussions, classes, and tours, as well as a chance to reconnect with friends and host families.
The ‘festa’ kicked off with an afternoon walking tour of Florence, lead by Field Studies Coordinator Elaine Ruffolo and Assistant Field Studies Coordinator and All-School Field Studies Instructor Rocky Ruggiero. This was followed by the welcome back reception held at the Villa Rossa.
For Day Two, SUF held “Alumni University” in which alums chose to attend classes ranging from photography to History of the Mafia to a private visit of the Duomo and Baptistry. After a long day of not-so boring classes, a reception was held in the Studio Arts Building and then the alums either went to dinner at a local trattoria or visited with host families.
On Day Three “Alumni Univeresity” continued, and the alums had more classes to attend with topics ranging from a visit to an art restoration laboratory, a round table discussion on modern Italy, a trip to the Vasari Corridor at the Uffizi, or a behind the scenes look at Michelangelo’s David and the current Mapplethorpe exhibition at the Accademia with curator and professor Jonathan Nelson.
That evening, the closing activities began at the Orsanmichele building, with Vice Mayor Dario Nardella and Vice President of the Region of Tuscany Federico Gelli in attendance. The ‘festa’ ended with a celebration at the U.S. Consulate in Florence, located on the banks of the Arno, hosted by U.S. Consul General for Florence, Mary Ellen Countryman.
After such an arduous trip full of art, wine, and reminiscence, I’m sure the SUF alumni were anxious to return home, only to begin planning their next trip to Florence.
For more information on the SUF Festa, click here.