Our last days In Italy

Our three week s are about up but we still had a few excellent sightings.

We visited Rome and the Coliseum! Fascinating to see and hear about, the Romans were amazing.

We enjoyed the beach

Had excellent sea food

Saw Beautiful sunsets

More ruins

And a last note from the students

Cultural Tour in Rome

May 20, 2018 - Rome Gabrielle Higgins & Isabela Gonzalez

Today we traveled to Rome, where we viewed some of Italy's most famous and ancient structures. Among them were the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Pantheon, and the Colosseum. Along the way we discussed the lives of the competing artists Bernini and Borromini, whose unique artistic styles have had a lasting effect on the aesthetics of Roman architecture. The highlight of the trip was the visit to the Colosseum, where we learned many interesting facts about the building itself, as well as the fights that took place within it before it fell out of use and became a quarry. We discovered that most of the famous "gladiators" did not, in fact, fight to the death as is now popularly believed. The majority of the gladiators were purchased slaves, who were too valuable for their owners to allow for deaths in every fight. 

Gondolas, Glass, and Gorgeous Views

Liam Mason '19, Victoria Giglia '19

Today, we took a train to Venice, where we experienced even more of Italy's culture. Upon arrival, we wandered the streets of the city, during which we saw churches, canals, and shops. After lunch, we took a gondola tour of the canals. As exciting as it was, many of us were worried that we'd tip over, since neither gondola seemed well-balanced. When we attempted to take group photos, it often would have required one person to lean out and further unbalance the gondola, but the tour provided a good opportunity to take individual photos of the scenery.

After the gondola tours, we split up into groups to further explore the city. Some of us went shopping for Venetian glass and masquerade masks, while others went to Piazza San Marco. The piazza was a giant square surrounded by structures such as Saint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. The architecture was gorgeous and massive. In the piazza, it became c…

Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar.

May 17th, 2018
Ejoerger '20, Sjenkins '20

Today we made an hour and a half trip to visit 4 Madonne Caseificio Dell’Emilia, producers of Parmigiano Reggiano as well as Mirco Casari, maker of balsamic vinegar. We started the day with a tour of the factory where the cheese is made.

Throughout the tour of the cheese factory, we were able to observe the production and packaging of over 33,000 aging wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. At the end of the tour, we were able to watch the cheese master cut one wheel of the cheese using his specific, by hand, technique.

They also mentioned how their factory was affected by the 2012 6.1 magnitude earthquake, and they explained how devastating it was to their factory. Following this, they explained how they restored and improved their stock room to prevent future damage from earthquakes. To end the tour we were able to try the cheese that was cut in fount of us. Several students choose to purchase cheese from the factory at the end of this to…

Casa Baccichetto Winery

Today (5/15) we took a bus ride out to Casa Baccichetto, a vineyard that produces many different kinds of wine including the up and coming sparking white wine Prosecco. Over the last handful of years, Prosecco has become an extremely popular champagne in America because of the taste and because it is a relatively inexpensive wine to purchase. Casa Baccichetto is a family run winery with the three sons stepping up and taking charge of the business (economically and biologically). The most interesting part of the tour was seeing the giant system used for fermenting the wine once the juice was compressed out of the grapes. Another interesting fact about the vineyard is that they still use an old technique of tying the grape vines up using branches from the Mulberry tree. Learning how each winery has individual techniques to growing and fermenting their grapes to even how they bottle the wine was really cool. After the tour we got to sample some of the wine that they produce including Pro…

Visiting the Food Market of Asti

Today we had the opportunity to meet Mayor Maurizio Rasero at the Municipio di Asti. With the help of our tour guide, Matteo, we were able to have a brief conversation with him about the history and importance of the city, such as the fact that Asti was recently recognized by UNESCO.

Next we visited the food market where Matteo informed us about the variety of cheeses, meats, and produce available. The most expensive cheese (selling at 29 euros per kilogram) was il castelmagno, which is made from cows who are grass-fed in the Alps, at least 2,000 feet above the ground. Fruits at the market were extremely fresh. Unlike in the United States, they were not grown with the aid of chemical preservatives. We all enjoyed eating the fruit, with strawberries seeming to be the most popular amongst the group.
In the afternoon, we went to a farm that raised cows, pigs, bunnies, sheep, peacocks, horses, ox, a goat, and more. Some of us were surprised to learn that peacocks are eaten in Italy. Much li…

Cultural Tour of Asti & Cooking School Dinner


Samantha Jenkins '20, Destiny Decker '21

Today we went on a tour of two pastry and chocolate shops in Asti. At the first shop we visited, we were able to watch the preparation of the samples we were eating. The shop focused on open preparation where its patrons are able to view the making of their food. The second shop was of historical significance in Asti. It was one of the oldest shops in the city and has maintained its Victorian style throughout the years.

Later we embarked on a cultural tour of Asti where we observed many historical places. One of note is the large cathedral that happens to hold the remains of an Italian soldier in a tomb below.

To put a cap on our eventful day, we were invited to attend an event put on by the local cooking school. While socializing in the courtyard, we were served sangria and appetizers by the students. Our dinner consisted of four courses was symbolic of the students’ trips to Germany, Spain, Italy, and Malta. During the even…