Florence University of the Arts
Spring Tutto Toscana 2021
6 - 9 credits

This specialized 4 week Spring program offers a unique opportunity to study hospitality, fashion, or food management in both Florence and New York City. Students select one or two 3-week courses in Florence short session II that feature a course project geared towards the preparation of FUA Tutto Toscana events and activities in NYC. After the 3-week session, students continue with the fourth week of events at the James Beard Foundation in NYC. The coursework features 3 different areas of involvement and allows students to take on the challenge of bridging two cosmopolitan cities through hospitality, fashion, and food management, with the objective of bringing Tuscan culture to NYC. This program is open to traditional undergraduate students as well as nontraditional students.

SAI Services
SAI Select Services

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Motivation letter (max 1 page)
Passport scan (photo page)
USF student conduct form
Italian privacy consent form

Application: closed
NOTE: Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, SAI is not offering this program in Spring 2021. Please reach out to SAI Admissions to discuss your options.

Program Dates
February 28, 2021 – March 26, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Subject Experience: this program is open to beginner students; no prior experience required.

English Language: Non-native English language speakers must submit TOEFL: 500+ (paper-based), IELTS: 5+, OOPT: 50+, or equivalent.

Academic Year: High school graduate or above

Tutto Toscana is an academic program that lasts for 3 weeks in Florence, Italy, and transfers to NYC for a week of real life events at prestigious locations. NYC event venues include our yearly James Beard Foundation location. Students specialize in their choice of 3 available areas – event planning, art direction, and food & wine management. In NYC, the team of students and faculty fully produce and provide digital media coverage of events intended to showcase contemporary Tuscan cuisine for the US public.

Participating students will walk away from the experience having created, planned, organized and successfully realized a high-profile event from an intercultural point of view.

The capstone events of the Florence-NYC edition in the fall season culminate at the James Beard Foundation (JBF), America’s most renowned reference in the world of gastronomy and the professional restaurant industry. JBF is a non-profit foundation founded in honor of a great culinary patron, James Beard, and carries on Mr. Beard’s desire to spread culinary awareness through education. In addition to the foundation’s educational efforts and its program of hosting chefs and restaurants from around the world, its yearly food industry awards recognize America’s established and emerging gastronomic talents. The foundation is located in Mr. Beard’s former home in the heart of the charming West Village in NYC, and is where the Tutto Toscana team has the honor of producing and serving its event concepts to the foundation members and the general public.

4 week program: 3 weeks in Florence + 1 week in NYC (6 – 9 credits)
Students choose from 3 different areas of event organization and production and complete courses in that area for a total of 6 – 9 credits. Students begin with 3 weeks of academic and event preparation in Florence and conclude with the event week in NYC. The event concept and details are managed and organized by students and faculty after a deep cultural and academic immersion in Florence, and executed as a team during the week of event staging on location. Students may take one or two 3 credit courses from within the same area or combine any two courses from within areas 1 and 2 only.

Area 1 – Event Planning & Communications
Florence Courses:

  • Event Operations and Project Management: Theme development, front of the house involvement at Ganzo for TT, event budgeting, event decoration and guest relations strategies
  • Viticulture and Enology – An Educational Wine Tour: Creation of wine list for NYC, food and wine pairings of event menus, analysis of wines selected for NYC, wine service on Ganzo Fridays and at the Thursday trial dinner of Session II Week 2 to test NYC wines and wine service.
  • Visual Communication Fundamentals Studio III: Menu layout development, visual research, analysis of how to express the theme in event materials, planning of all visual details of events.

NYC Course:

  • Food and Wine Pairing and Wine Service Experiential Learning: Front of the house operations and event management, logistics, blog writing for TuttoToscana, social media communications.

Area 2 – Fashion
Florence Courses:

  • Exploratory Digital Photography: Photography project regarding location, props, photos for TuttoToscana blog, portraits of students who will be in NYC, design visual portfolio of the TuttoToscana project.
  • Visual Communication Fundamentals Studio III: Menu layout development, visual research, analysis of how to express the theme in event materials, planning of all visual details of events.
  • Fashion Styling: Fashion theme development, fashion event management analysis, event styling and decoration, guest relations strategies.
  • Sales Management: Fashion event cost analysis, fashion collection budgeting and sales plan, promotional strategy of fashion event.

NYC Courses:

  • Iphoneography + Art Direction – Digital Media and Visual Art: Photo and video coverage of events, image production for blog and social media, photoportraits and video interviews of the team.
  • Fashion Event Management: Fashion event management, blog writing for TuttoToscana, field learning at relevant fashion-related sites

Area 3 – Food Management and Production for Special Events
Florence Courses:

  • Breads of Italy – Specialty Breads and Pizza: Designs and produces the bread selection for NYC to be tested on Ganzo Fridays and at the Thursday trial dinner of Session II Week 2. Note: Students from this course who continue the program in NYC will prepare breads for all of the event menus.
  • Baking Techniques II – Italian Pastry Techniques EL: Fedora lab course that prepares the dessert list for NYC and tests recipes for client feedback and costing at Fedora. Recipe testing for the Thursday trial dinner of Session II Week 2. Note: Students from this course who continue the program in NYC will be involved in the prep and dessert service for all events.
  • Tradition of Italian Food II: NYC Recipe testing, prep, and execution for two Friday Ganzo dinners. Note: Students from this course who continue the program in NYC will be involved in the menu service for all three events, and menu prep for two out of the three events (excludes final gala event)
  • Physiology of Taste & Flavor EL: NYC recipe testing for final NYC gala event. Students from this course who are also enrolled in the Intersession Week III course in NYC will participate in the two Friday Ganzo dinners for menu execution (no prep). Note: Students from this course who continue the program in NYC will participate in the prep for the final gala event and menu execution at all events.

NYC Course:

  • The Italian Chef’s Table Experiential Learning: Food production management, cost control, menu prep, menu execution according to the students’ level and experience.

Pre-Departure Calendar
November 1 2020
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
December 10 2020
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
December 18 2020
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
December 18 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
February 28 2021
Arrival  & Program Start
Students should plan to be in Florence, and moved into their independent housing by this date.
March 1 2021
Orientation Events
Students are welcomed to the program with an orientation that introduces them to their program while covering safety, policies, academics, and culture.
March 2 2021
Florence Courses Begin
March 18 2021
Florence: Courses End
March 19 – 20 2021 Independent Travel to NYC
March 21 2021
NYC Orientation
March 22 2021
NYC: Tutto Toscana Course Begins
March 26 2021
NYC: Tutto Toscana Course Ends and Program Ends
Students are free to return home.
Coming soon
Final Papers Due
After program ends.
Coming soon
Online Oral Presentations of Final Papers
After program ends.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee: 3 credits Florence + 3 credits New York
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
Coming soon
Program Fee: 6 credits Florence + 3 credits New York
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housings (see What’s Included).
Coming soon
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional Housing in Florence: Shared Room
3 weeks housing during Florence portion, shared room.
Coming soon
Optional Housing in Florence: Private Room
3 weeks housing during Florence portion, private room.
Coming soon
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

This program is offered as a Select Services program, as it is designed for more independent students. However, housing can be an optional add-on for the Florence portion of the program.

SAI Select Services includes the important on-site services!

  • Program tuition, with US academic credit
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site providing assistance as needed and 24-hour emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • SAI alumni network

Housing in Florence
Housing is not included in SAI Select Services programs. Students can, however, decide to add SAI housing for their time in Florence, for a fee. SAI housing is provided in student apartments with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless Internet.

Housing in New York
Housing is not available for the New York City portion of the program; participants must secure their own housing. The following are suggested housing solutions; participants secure housing at their own risk and liability. SAI, Apicius and FUA are not held responsible for housing and any related issues.

The James Beard Foundation is located in a historic brownstone in the West Village in NYC at: 167 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011. Students should consider housing in the West Village, Meatpacking District, East Village, Chelsea, and Soho.




Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law US citizens studying in Italy for less than 90 days are not required to obtain a student visa. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.