Tasting Food & Culture in Italy's Cilento Region.


Tasting Food & Culture in Italy’s Cilento Region

Summer 2019 | Cilento and Amalfi Coast, Italy

  • Applications Due: Feb. 1, 2019
  • Program Fee: $3,500 (does not include airfare)
  • Dates:
    • Arrive Italy by June 2, 2019
    • Program ends June 22, 2019

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Journey to the coastal town of Ascea and venture into the Cilento region of southern Italy. Here, cultural traditions are tied to the rich bounty of the natural environment and to the ancient intersection of Greek settlers with native Etruscan and Lucanian peoples. This confluence has fascinated thinkers—from Homer to Hemingway—for millennia. Plus: visits to Paestum, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast.


Western Thought and Italian Culture

What role did the Greek colonization of southern Italy play in the development of Western civilization, and what is its legacy in Cilento? How can we use enogastronomy—the expression of local culture through its food traditions—to better understand life here?


Synthesize Immersive and Academic Learning

Take classes at the Fondazione Alario per Elea-Velia, connecting different avenues of inquiry— from anthropology to philosophy—to evaluate and understand the region’s influence on Western civilization and our modern world. Visit the places and taste the dishes that are integral to the Mediterranean diet. Explore and make connections through site visits and hands-on workshops.


Global citizenship and cross-cultural competency are assets in any career field. This program is particularly relevant to students studying cultural anthropology, philosophy, food studies or Italian culture and history as well as those planning careers in education, tourism or natural resources management.