Italy Study Abroad Info Session
Date and TimeWednesday, November 9, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
- MAK B1120
Are you interested in studying abroad on the Italy: Hospitality & Tourism Management program? Attend this info session!
About the program:
THE ALPS, PIEDMONT, ITALIAN RIVIERA, AND TUSCANY, ITALY — Italy is a country that stretches from Alpine Peaks to within 100 miles of Northern Africa. A long-standing and popular destination for tourists, Italy is a vital and energizing laboratory for the study of geotourism and the complex interactions between food and culture. This study abroad program in Italy will begin in the Alpine region of Valle d’Aosta with its historical roots connected by millennia to Ancient Rome. From there, we will travel to Piedmont, into the ridges and hills along the Tanaro River, to a place called the Langhe. Amid tiny villages, vineyards, and castles, we will live with and meet the residents of this area and stay in the small village of Castiglione Falletto. Castiglione Falletto and the rest of the Langhe are famous for the production of red wine. It is also a place with rich food traditions and is culturally an important part of Italy, a nation that holds the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For example, from your residence, you can see the castle once occupied by Camillo Benso Compte de Cavour, the first prime minister of Italy. Just across a small valley, you can see La Morra, a place where legend tells us Julius Caesar once stopped for a night and was amazed by the quality of the local wine. Using Castiglione Falletto as a base, you will explore rural culture in northern Italy with excursions to the Italian Riviera and Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. You will stay at an award-winning organic olive oil production agritourismo in Tuscany and explore some of the famous hilltowns of the area. There is also time for independent travel in small groups.
• Explore rural and urban Italy to learn about the rich food and cultural traditions
• Reflect on how a culture can benefit and be challenged by the presence of a powerful tourism industry
• Discover how food and food traditions both influence culture and are shaped by it
• Travel to the Alpine region, Piedmont, Italian Riviera, and Tuscany
• Opportunity for independent travel