Program Details

Receive formal culinary training as you fall in love with the flavors of Italy. Experience Tuscany, wander along the enchanting canals of Venice, learn to cook in Turin, and take in the historic sites of Rome and Florence.
Rome, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

Program Description:

Prepare for bold flavors and aromas as you embark on an Italian culinary adventure and learn about the communities, traditions, and cultures that produce the country’s legendary cuisine. This culinary Experiment explores the importance of seasonal, organic, and locally grown foods in different regions. Explore the food cultures of the different regions of Italy as you make your way from Rome, to Florence, to Asti. Whether you’re making pasta, tasting olive oil, or sampling homemade desserts, you will deepen your understanding of the intimate connections between food, culture, and sustainability within the context of Italy and beyond. 

Begin with an orientation in Rome, where you will receive basic language training and visit ancient sites such as the Colosseum. Next, travel to gorgeous Tuscany, where you will take an introductory Italian class and explore medieval towns. In Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, you can see many famous works of art and historic landmarks throughout the city. Continue practicing your Italian as you share daily life with a local family during your homestay and buy fresh food in outdoor markets. 

Travel to Asti and spend eight days at Agenzia di Formazione Professionale delle Colline Astigiane, the prestigious cooking school, where you will learn to prepare traditional Italian dishes including risotto, focaccia, and tiramisu, as well as regional Piedmont specialties like taglierini, agnolotti del plin, and baci di dama cookies, under the guidance of a professional chef. The program’s culinary excursions include a visit to the famous University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo and agritourism visits to local farms and an agrigelateria to see how real artisanal gelato is made

Setting Description:
The program’s culinary excursions include visiting organic farms, the famous University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, and an agrigelateria to see how artisanal ice cream is made. Conclude the program with two days of exploration and reflection in Venice. Visits to Rome, with its beautiful fountains and monuments, the Cittá del Vaticano, Florence, Piedmont, and other areas of cultural and historic significance in Italy are incorporated into the program.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
For summer 2020, we will offer merit-based partial scholarships to students who live in the Florida Keys, the Houston, TX metro area, the Seattle, WA metro area, and the Washington, DC metro area. Email for more information.

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  • Trip of a life time

    Upon finding out about this program, I was a bit skeptical on how it would turn out. However, I was pleasantly surprised as the trip went on. The itinerary was perfect down to the minute. We had something to do every single day along with tons of free

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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