Italy Center Travel- Fall Travel
As part of your program fees, the Fall Semester will offer two program sponsored excursions. We will bring students to nooks and crannies of this remarkably diverse country, with the option to join another faculty led trip near the end of the semester.
Travel Tours included in program fees:
- Week Long Orientation Tour – Puglia, Italy
- Mid-Semester Social Justice Immersion
- Additional Excursion – Trieste, Italy
Additional tours (not included in program fees)
- Art History Day Tour – Parma
Orientation Tour – Puglia
Traveling to the heel of Italy, all students will be staying in the area near Brindisi where they will hear from refugees about their lives surviving the treacherous journey across the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea. In Mesagne, we will spend the day with the Libera Puglia NGO staff. Libera has played a key role in advocating for justice in the region, and now, with the support of refugees themselves, manages fields that were once owned and controlled by the area’s mafia. The tour will include a half-day hike in the Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve, a visit to a farm-to-table “agriturismo” in beautiful Otranto, and perhaps the best food you will taste in all of Europe.
Students will explore the diverse history and contemporary richness of the Italian/Slovenian border region, beginning with its largest city. Trieste has long been a locus of politics and culture, a multicultural magnet for expatriate and native writers and activists. This region was a contested border in both World Wars and features WWI cemeteries and trenches, the only concentration camp in Italy, as well as a legacy of resistance to Fascism.
Also offered (not included in program fees):
Art History day tour Parma
Parma is best known for its contributions to the world of food, but it also happens to be one Italy’s most beautiful cities known for its monuments, castles and art. The tour will be led by Italy Center’s Art Historian Piergiacomo Petrioli.