Students learn to make pasta by hand at a farmhouse perched on top a hill just outside Bologna. Following their hard work, everyone sits down together to eat!
Students take a field trip to Ravenna, otherwise known as ‘the city of the mosaic,’ as part of the BCSP Presession course. Ravenna is the ancient capital of the Western Roman Empire and of the Byzantine Empire. The basilicas and baptisteries contain the richest heritage of mosaics dating from the 5th and 6th centuries. For Dante enthusiasts, Ravenna is also the city where the Divine Poet sought exile and was buried.
Ravenna today is a quaint but vibrant city and, although not as politically glorious as in its ancient past, still one of the most important along Italy’s Adriatic coast.
Visiting Urbino is like travelling back in time to the 1400’s when Duke Federico II da Montefeltro governed the city. A passionate patron of the arts, the Duke’s cosmopolitan court was frequented by the most illustrous writers, poets, scientists, painters, such as Piero della Francesca and Raphael (a native of Urbino), and architects like Luciano Laurana and Francesco di Giorgio Martini, who contributed to the splendid design and esthetics of Urbino. Prof. Benevolo’s guided tour of the Ducal Palace is the highlight of the trip as student’s experience a perfect example of what Renaissance courtly life was really like.
Lago di Garda
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. After a guided tour of famous poet Gabriele D’Annunzio’s estate, the Vittoriale, students visit Sirmione, a beautiful fortress town located at the tip of the peninsula on the Southern end of the lake.
Padova & Vicenza
Padova and Vicenza are two prominent cities in the Veneto region, which neighbors with Emilia-Romagna. In Padova students visit the Scrovegni Chapel (to see Giotto’s most celebrated fresco cycle), the University of Padova (to see the classroom where Galileo Galilei taught and the first anatomy theater in the world), the Church of Saint Anthony of Padova (a worldwide pilgrimage destination), Caffè Pedrocchi (the sophisticated historical hang out of Padova’s intellectuals), and the fruit and vegetable markets in the picturesque piazzas.
Students travel to Vicenza, otherwise known as the ‘city of Palladio,’ to experience another pristine Veneto city and to admire some of architect Andrea Palladio’s (1508 – 1580) masterpiece palaces and Olympic Theater. For who prefers ancient epochs, visitors can also find evidence of Vicenza’s original settlers, the Euganei, and traces its urban Roman roots.
Toscana (Siena and Val d’Orcia)
Every year in May or June BCSP students travel to Tuscany and stay in a 15th century monastery-turned-agriturismo nestled in the postcard-worthy countryside of the Val d’Orcia. After visiting the city of Siena and a variety of medieval villages, the trip ends with a picnic and passeggiata through the rolling green hills under the Tuscan sun!