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Tuscania is a small, idyllic Italian town located ninety minutes north of Rome on the border of Lazio and Tuscany. Tuscania has been admired for centuries for its picturesque setting, fine culture and foods, medieval walls, and cobblestoned streets. Surrounded by medieval walls and guard towers, Tuscania provides endless opportunities for authentic cultural immersion. Some of the most beautiful churches in Italy are in Tuscania, including the stunning San Pietro and the magnificent Santa Maria Maggiore. Tuscania is an ideal combination between the present and past. It is not uncommon to find a medieval section of wall in the wine cellar of a modern restaurant or an Etruscan tomb used as the basement storage area of an apartment. The strong connection of the locals to their traditions, history, and folklore greatly influences the unique nature of the town.

API students have the opportunity to study abroad in Tuscania at Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute in Tuscania (LdM). Founded in 1973 in Florence, LdM is committed to helping students realize their potential, providing high-quality education that enables students to interact successfully with other cultures. Lorenzo de’ Medici opened in Tuscania in 2004, an ideal city and place to inspire the creative, intellectual and personal development of each student. The school is situated in the old town center within the stone medieval walls. This building has recently been remodeled to feature modern, light-filled studios and classrooms. API students are engaged in the study of the humanities, social sciences, studio arts, media studies and Italian language with other committed students who seek to learn and to explore Italy in a comprehensive way. API invites students to discover the essence of Italy while studying and living in beautiful and historic Tuscania.

“I am really happy I found the API Tuscania program because I feel that it provided me with a unique cultural experience. I loved being in a small town because it was easier to meet and converse with locals and get a better sense of Italian culture. Having access to big cities, but having a main base in a smaller town, was a perfect balance for me."

Hannah A. University of Vermont
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    Cultural Activities

    • Walking tour of Tuscania
    • Pizza and wine tastings
    • Cooking classes
    • Visiting the Etruscan museum
    • Hiking tours
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    API Gives Back

    API students in Tuscania have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including teaching English at a local elementary school, serving as local tour guides, and working at the public library.

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    Things to Do

    Visit ancient Etruscan sarcophagi

    Views for miles from Parco Torre di Lavello

    Check out Saint Peter's Church

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    Pomodorini Sott'Olio (tomatoes in oil)

    Pappa al Pomodoro (bread soup)

    Prosciutto di Parma (thinly sliced ham)

  • Discover More Small Italy Taormina Festival

    Festivals & Holidays

    Festa del Limone (May)

    Annunciation Day (May)

    Feats of the Immaculate Conception (December)

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    University Highlights

    Lorenzo de'Medici - The Italian International Institute (LdM) has been offering study abroad programs for over 45 years and offers courses in English in over 38 subject areas. The campus in Tuscania is located in a restored building nestled into the city's medieval walls!

U.S. Staff

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Lauren Daniels

Lauren Daniels will be your Program Manager for this location and will prepare you to go abroad with us!


On-Site Staff


Matteo Berni

Matteo will be your Resident Director in Tuscania and a resource for you while you are in Italy!