Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to speak Italian?

It is helpful but not necessary.  Lucca is a very international city.

How do I get to Lucca?

The closest international airports are Pisa and Florence

Is my flight included in the tuition? 

No.  Students are responsible for travel to Italy

Where will I stay?

Housing will be provided in a 10th monastery with a vast garden.

Is there internet access?

Each room has internet.

What are the classrooms like?

We use 21st century fully equipped modern classrooms.

How will I get around town?

Lucca is a very intimate place.  One walks or rides bicycles. Most apartments will have bikes for each student.

Are meals included?

No, there are kitchens in each apartment.  Groceries and markets are numerous in Lucca, as well as inexpensive restaurants.

I am a vegan.  Will that be difficult?

Tuscany is the main region for farming vegetables in Italy.  There are amazing things at the market.

Can I drink the water?

Yes, Lucca’s water supply is spring fed and pure.

What is the electrical current?

220v ac.  You will need a plug adapter for most things.

Will my phone work?

Yes it will.  One needs to contact your carrier for service abroad or purchase a sim card locally.  Students are required to have  a phone

For safety and communication.

Are full scholarships available?

There are no full scholarships available.  Alto studio is a non profit  organization.  We have costs.

What scholarships are available?

Alto studio offers a scholarship of up to 60% for qualified students.

Where will my work be shown?

Student work will be show in Lucca at the end of the semester.