HTM Italy Faculty-Led Study Abroad

Through the GVSU HTM Italy faculty-led study abroad program, students will explore four diverse regions of Italy, from Tuscany to the Italian Riviera and the Alps in this hands-on study of International tourism, food and culture.  There is also time for independent travel in small groups.

This is a faculty-led study abroad program through the GVSU Padnos International Center.

Italy: Hospitality & Tourism Management

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 Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. From there you will move to one of the most famous hill towns in Tuscany, the base for exploring the food, wine and culture of the region. Next up is exploration of the Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre. 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, with the entire area designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Using Castiglione Falletto as a base, you will explore rural culture in northern Italy ending in the Alpine region of Valle d’Aosta with its historical roots connected by millennia to Ancient Rome. There is also me for independent travel in small groups.

2017 HTM Italy Study Abroad group photo with GVSU President Emeritus, Thomas J. Haas.

The 2017 HTM Italy study abroad group had a surprise visit from GVSU's President Emeritus, Thomas J. Haas.

HTM Italy Program Details

The HTM Italy Faculty-Led Study Abroad program will NOT be running in 2020.

Previous Program Directors

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Lisa Sisson

Lisa Sisson

Lisa Sisson
Hospitality & Tourism Management Dept.
272C DeVos Center
Pew Campus

Gail Zemmol Headshot

Gail Zemmol

Gail Zemmol

Gail Zemmol
Hospitality & Tourism Management Dept.
276C DeVos Center
Pew Campus

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Dr. Charles Baker-Clark

Dr. Charles Baker-Clark

Dr. Charles Baker-Clark (Retired)

GVSU Padnos International Center Information

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Padnos International Center

130 Lake Ontario Hall
Allendale, MI 49401

Walk-In Advising Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hours are extended to 7pm on Wednesdays during the fall & winter semesters.
No appointment necessary!