Istituto Avventista Villa Aurora
Italian Adventist College
Via del Pergolino 12 / 50139 Florence
Istituto Avventista Villa Aurora (Italian Adventist College) is located on a 14th Century Renaissance Villa in suburban Florence, the main city of the Province of Tuscany. Its location gives optimal access to Italy’s rich historical, musical, and artistic culture and resources. The villa, itself, is of great architectural value and beauty. The garden surrounding it contains many indigenous and exotic species of plants and flowers, and many trees dating back several hundred years. The surroundings provide a serene environment ideal for study and the various cultural and recreational activities offered by the school.
Founded in 1940, the school offers governmentally-recognized university-level studies in theology. A coeducational institution with an average class size of 15, the school family consists of approximately 100 members during the regular academic year.
A new, large classroom building was opened during the 1995-96 school year. Students attend most of their classes in the morning. Elective courses take place during afternoons, Monday through Friday, at different locations around campus.
Three residence halls provide separate housing for men and women. In recent years the residence halls, kitchen, and dining room have been remodeled to better serve students. The bathing facilities of the women’s dormitory have been refurbished, and the men’s dormitories now enjoy bathrooms within each room. Depending on enrollment, there will be 2-4 students per room.
Taking advantage of their location in the center of the Italy’s artistic culture, Villa Aurora students will focus on the significance of the Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance eras to Italian and Western culture and make numerous visits to local and national art treasures. During the year students will tour such sites as Tuscany, including Siena and the surrounding areas (Chianti), Rome (a 2-3 day tour), Venice, Assisi, Cinque Terre (the Italian Riviera), a 5 day tour of Naples, Capri, Sorrento and Pompeii, and a week-long trip to Sicily or Puglia.