Welcome to Rocky Ruggiero ‘s Cultural Programs for the Arts. This association was established in 2008 in Florence, Italy to offer study abroad opportunities at the same academic level as collegiate programs. The academic curriculum is structured specifically to embrace the themes which make Italian culture so important: Art History, Italian Language, Studio Arts, Villas and Gardens, and Culinary Arts . The individual courses are designed and instructed by a local faculty with extensive experience teaching for American universities. Our participants are people of all ages and backgrounds, who share a passion for cultural enrichment and desire for learning. People who aspire for more than individual or mass tourism in their travels and for the opportunity to deepen their experience of Italian culture on multiple levels.