Photo of Bernini's sculpture of an elephant, in Piazza Minerva, Rome, with the Pantheon on the background.

Why the Elephant…?

A number of students have asked us why we have a sculpture of an elephant as our featured image. You’ll probably have seen him cropping up on our website, prospectus and perhaps even at your school’s gap year fair.  Well this isn’t just any elephant. It...


Summer – We Miss You Already!

Wherever you were this summer, you might have guessed that we were gallivanting around galleries in Italy with our wonderful summer courses. We started with the essentials and ensured our energy levels were up. We take our gelato seriously here:          ...


A Day in the Life of an AHA course

 Part 1: The Morning Session The timetable said we would “begin our exploration of Rome with an introductory walk and a Church crawl via the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.” That doesn’t begin to describe our delight as we ventured out amongst the ochre-coloured buildings...


24 hours in…Sumptuous Siena with AHA Tutor Frankie Dytor

Perhaps less well-known and certainly less visited than its neighbouring city Florence, Siena was founded in antiquity by the two sons of Remus (whose brother, Romulus, founded Rome). I recently spent two glorious weeks there to brush up on my rather non-existent Italian skills. The...


6 weeks that will change your life: the AHA Gap Year Course

We run a 6 week course across Italy (4 week option in late summer) where you have the opportunity to learn about Western civilisation through art, architecture & sculpture. We venture through Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Siena & Verona. If you’re 18 – 22 years old seeking...