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Travel with Us- Spring Travel

A rich travel experience across Italy.

The Spring Semester program will offer school sponsored travel days mostly within Italy.  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.  The tours are all designed to comply with government regulations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and are subject to change due to ongoing updates in policy.

Travel Tours included in program fees:

  • Florence – Art, Literature & Cultural Encounter: January 13, 2022 – January 15, 2022
  • Apennines Mountains – Borgo Basino Folk School Ecovillage Farm: February 19, 2022
  • Trieste – Tour: March 6, 2022 – March 11, 2022

Additional tours

  • Art History Day Tour – Parma: February 11, 2022
  • Sardinia – Optional Easter break experience (not included in program fees): April 15, 2022 – April 18, 2022
Orientation tour: Florence– Art, Literature & Cultural Encounter


Florence needs no introduction, as the internationally recognized birthplace of Italian art, language and culture. This tour will take in the sights of this famous city with a particular eye on one of its most famous native sons, exploring Dante’s work and references to important landmarks along the way.  Italy Center’s Art Historian Piergiacomo Petrioli and English Professor of Italian Literature Lee Foust will lead immersive tours during orientation.



Apennines Mountains – Borgo Basino Reflection Day Retreat            

borgo basino backyard

Borgo Basino is a multifunctional farm located near Bologna. During the course of this environmentally-focused weekend students will learn about folk schools and the ecovillage movement.  Borgo Basino is part of a grassroots effort across the globe to create more holistic lifestyles which are good for humans and the planet.  Time will be set aside for hikes, workshops on environmental issues and hands on exploration of the farm.



Trieste: Environmental Action and Historical Inspiration at the crossroads 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 and our Italian Language professor Claudia Marulo.



Sardinia (optional Easter break)

Sardinia is an Italian region and astonishing Mediterranean island that boasts old traditions and a wild nature. This visit will center on cultural organizations in the southern part of the island around Iglesias and the region’s capital Cagliari, giving students a truly rare opportunity to explore authentic Sardinian culture and tradition through the direct experience of locals. Students will explore social justice initiatives while visiting grassroots organizations as well as participating in traditional Easter celebrations with Italy Center Internship Program Coordinator Chiara Deodato.