What To Expect

The course is unique. The heart of the experience is living as a resident, from late January to late March, engaging in the life of an Italian city out of the tourist season – a huge cultural mind-opener. The core of the programme is six weeks spent living in Venice with 30-40 like-minded individuals, attending lectures and presentations given by some of the world’s leading experts, on a massive variety of subjects, ranging from art and art history, cinema, music, philosophy, poetry, conservation, climate science, evolution, astrophysics and much more. Optional classes in cookery, photography, life-drawing and Italian language add to the vibrant social experience where life-long friendships are formed. The group stays in a hotel in the centre of the city, ten minutes walk from our lecture centre. No previous knowledge or experience is needed, there are no academic requirements and no tests or coursework. All we require is curiosity and enthusiasm for some subjects which will be completely new to some of you!


Since 1965 over 3000 students have taken part in the course. Our alumni work in the arts sector, at museums, newspapers, galleries and auction houses but also in every other area, from the judiciary, politics, education, science and every other field. We organise reunions each year which have proved to be very popular, whether in Venice or London. Our alumni page lists every student plus a descrption of the lectures and topics. We hope that our alumni will stay in touch with us and update us with changes to contact details by writing to us at alumni@johnhallvenice.com

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Dates & Fees

It is impossible to do what we do on the cheap. We bring in experts and arrange incredible private visits to St Mark’s Basilica at night in Venice, the Sistine Chapel in Rome, making an inspirational experience that you won’t find anywhere else. It is not something that any university could offer. It is a super team of intellectual and artistic giants who have been selected for their charisma as much as for their expertise. Flights, hotel accommodation (and two meals a day), internal travel and museums entrances are all included.

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News, Press & Events


We are delighted to announce the launch of our Summer Course in Venice.

3 Weeks in July, perfect if you’re not taking a Gap Year, if you’re still at school or even if you’re at university or art school.

With a little more focus on art but we cover other subjects too.

Have a look, check it out. Places are limited so sign up quickly!

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Yes people, it’s THAT time of the year when you find out how you got on, where you’ll be heading and more importantly, when.

Maybe you’ve decided to take a Gap Year. Our feeling is that after over ten years slog at school, you deserve a break to clear your heads, do something on your year off and re-boot your system.

Come to Italy, spend nine weeks with a group of like-minded people, having fun and getting exposed to incredible stuff; art, music, cookery and new friends.

Here’s a little taster, a film that one of our students from last (this) year made. It’s not all about sitting in classrooms!


30th January
John Hall Venice Reunion Party 2019 at The Traveller’s Club, Pall Mall, London

Charlie or Emma will be visiting schools to attend Gap Year Events or give lectures so please feel free to come and ask us anything then; a face to face meeting is invaluable!

Monday November 19th

Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park – Nicola Turner-Inman, alumna will give a talk to the VI form

Wednesday November 21st 

Queen Margaret’s School, York – Charlie Hall will give a talk about Venice and the John Hall Course

Thursday November 22nd

The International School, Geneva – Charlie Hall and Arthur Wood (alumnus) will give a talk

Monday November 26th

Shrewsbury School, Charlie Hall will visit the school to give  a talk

Friday November 30th

Downe House School, Charlie Hall will visit the school to speak to the VI form

It’s the summer holidays!

We will be back with updates about the schools that either Charlie or Emma will be at.

John Hall Venice