APICIUS International School of Hospitality


APICIUS International School of Hospitality is the first international institution of its kind in Italy. The city of Florence, a top global destination for tourism, offers an unparalleled environment for hospitality studies. Founded in 1997, the school is an internationally respected leader in academic and career-oriented education. Three main areas of studies with respective departments are offered:

School of Food and Wine Studies (FW)
School of Hospitality (HP)
School of Sports and Health Sciences (SH)

APICIUS International School of Hospitality:

  • Reinterprets the concept of hospitality and tourism in the international destination of Florence, where the cityscape is teeming with traditional and contemporary structures sought by people from all over the world.

  • Firmly believes in the importance of a cultural approach to hospitality by examining the unique context of cities and countries in a global framework. Hospitality should and must be enhanced by the local culture of a city, and our position and interaction within the city of Florence has the goal of culturally educating those who visit through the hospitality industry.

  • Seeks to shape students who make dynamic, proactive contributions to the areas of hospitality in Italy during their studies and go on to become excellent professionals with the same impact in future destinations.

  • Is deeply committed to making a prolific vital impact on the city of Florence not just for its obvious touristic aspects but as a viable city, where city conservation and contemporary implementation complement each other in a delicate balance, through its belief in eco-sustainable methods and didactics.

  • Strives to provide its students with an experience that goes beyond cultural stereotypes and the touristic facade of Florence.


  • To provide a professional and academic environment in which students gain expertise in the areas of hospitality and tourism, culinary arts, baking and pastry, and wine studies as well as sports sciences.

  • To go beyond classroom learning by promoting student interaction with the convergence of the multicultural societies in the city of Florence, achieved by unique practical experiences in direct contact with service areas and the various professional figures who operate in these spheres (Fedora and Ganzo please see below for descriptions).

  • To redefine the idea of sustainability by rethinking how services and structures enhance local economies and culture through a respectful balance of technology, innovation, and tradition.

  • To positively sustain Florence’s reputation as a historic yet contemporary Italian cityscape in a globalized world economy in the following ways:

    • Increase our efforts in favor of sustainable hospitality and tourism starting from our own structures and teaching methods.

    • Promote student knowledge and capacity to recognize and actively participate in the conservation of the Florentine's cultural and economic heritage.

    • To shape students for careers in a rapidly developing industry that encompasses a wide range of exciting, constantly evolving fields.


  • To offer a passionate, highly competent and international faculty; a broad curriculum, and state of the art facilities that broaden our students' horizons and perspectives.

  • To enhance the concept of technical learning by integrating training opportunities into the curriculum, allowing for students to be involved in cultural integration projects that require active participation in Florentine and Italian society and that reward challenging professional experiences. One such example is experiential learning through Ganzo and Fedora, the student-operated restaurant and pastry lab open to the public and where cultures and communities unite.

  • An academic structure based on lectures, workshops, seminars, and laboratories that activates diverse types of student engagement with study discipline.