The province of Pisa is in central-western Tuscany. Its landscape includes beaches, broad plains, and rolling hills. Lying on the banks of the Arno, Pisa is the depositary of a glorious past as Maritime Republic, but it is also a modern city. The old town encompasses Renaissance architecture and churches: The Campo dei Miracoli complex, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the most representative structure of the city. The Piazza del Duomo, renowned for being Galileo’s scientific laboratory, is the ideal starting point to retrace the footsteps of this revolutionary Italian scientist through the city. The central Piazza dei Cavalieri (Knights' Square) is a magnificent sight, home to intricate 16th-Century architecture such as the Palazzo della Carovana, the house of the distinguished Scuola Normale Superiore, commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte to be based on the model of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Many of the most celebrated Italian professors studied here, like Antonio Pacinotti (Astronomy), Giosuè Carducci and Giovanni Pascoli (Literature), and Ernico Fermi and Carlo Rubbia (Physics)
ITA-207I is an intensive, four-week, language immersion program, held at the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) in Pisa. The course will meet five days a week and provides 90 hours of overall classroom instruction: 3 hours of daily instruction in the morning with the Princeton faculty member and 1.5 hours in the afternoon with the SNS faculty member. Every Friday, students will have the opportunity to go on cultural outings, accompanied by both faculty members.
Studying and living abroad with access to the instructional resources of the Scuola, in close contact with qualified international peers provides students with unique formative experiences which enables progress in the study of Italian and other disciplines at Princeton.