Roma, Tivoli, Pompeii, Assisi, Firenze, Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and Venezia – an Honors College seminar taught on location in the most historic and awe-inspiring destinations in Italy. “Italia: Grand Tour” is built on the premise that understanding our past enables us to understand our contemporary selves. This interdisciplinary course examines the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance and the influence of these eras on the contemporary world. The seminar reconstructs the traditional 18th century Grand Tour.
The roads of the history of Europe and the US lead back to Roma. Over FIU’s fourteen (14!) days in Roma, you’ll explore the monuments, culture, and streets of the eternal city. There’s nothing like it. More about Roma here.
Firenze was the setting for what must be considered the most radical philosophical societal transformation—the Renaissance. Over one week, you’ll stay in the heart of the city, discovering the masterpieces of the Renaissance and their lasting legacy. With the abundant presence of US study abroad students, Firenze has more of a feeling of a college town than any other city in Italy. More about Firenze here.
FIU’s Italy study abroad includes the infamous/amazing Cinque Terre hike, an 8-hour walk along the Ligurian coast on a UNESCO World Heritage site trail. We walk up, we walk down the mountains, and swim along the way. More about Cinque Terre here.
The FIU Italia journey ends with four days in Venezia, the city on water. There is no city anywhere that is comparable to Venezia, with it’s bridges, gondolas, and seafood. You will stay in a hotel in the heart of the city, a truly unique opportunity.
Professor Bailly is completely addicted to Italian food. Italy has embraced the slow food movement to counter the debacle of fast food. Italy cherishes the quality of produce and the preservation of regional cuisine. The pizza is pretty good too.
Every year Venezia hosts a Biennale, either art or architecture. Both events see the most avant-garde trends in the arts invade and enrich the city. Although the main Biennales charge an admission fee, many exhibitions throughout the city are completely free.
Spending a month in Italia provides you with the opportunity to profoundly immerse yourself in the true country. You will live and experience Italia in a genuine manner that most people only dream of.
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John William Bailly 12 September 2022
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