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.
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
Dr. Charles Baker-Clark
Dr. Charles Baker-Clark
Dr. Charles Baker-Clark (Retired)
GVSU Padnos International Center Information
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