Italy: Culture and Cuisine

Experience the tastes and culture of Rome, Tuscany and Florence

Arrive in Rome for orientation and sightseeing. Travel north through the countryside to Tuscany, then on to Florence, all while exploring the culture, art, artifacts, and architecture of Italy. Experience hands-on cooking and wine classes taught by world-class Italian chefs and instructors from the Apicius International School of Hospitality. Stroll the local farm markets, and learn how the “Mediterranean diet” has sustained the people of Italy and become an international phenomenon.

Date: Late May - Early June

Register in Fall| Spring semester courses | Travel in May / June

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Travel Fee: Approximately $5100


Airfare, all transportation costs in-country, and U.S. to airport, 13 nights in a local hotel beginning in Ancient Rome, and then four days on the Tuscan Coast and five days in Florence, 27 meals included (two per day), admission to all programmed lectures and activities, guided visits to the places of interest, health insurance (mandatory)

Not Included

This amount does not include passport and visa fees, vaccination costs, tuition, customary gratuities, one meal and beverage per day, any applicable baggage-handling fees imposed by the airlines or entrance/exit taxes.

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Students may be eligible for scholarships through the Tompkins Cortland Foundation, SUNY, Benjamin A. Gilman, and other sources. Contact instructors or the study abroad coordinator (Global Office, room 230) for more information about scholarship opportunities.

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Courses Offered

Receive 6 credits for this trip

HRMG 220, International Culture and Cuisine, 3 credits
ANTH 261, Fieldwork in Anthropology, 3 credits


Susan Stafford

Is chair of the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program at Tompkins Cortland. She has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as customer service. Contact Sue in room 220, at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4456 or by email at

Marcia Patitucci Waffner

Marcia teaches International Culture and Cuisine in addition to Food Preparation and Customer Service Courses. Marcia has earned acclaim for her culinary style and her passion for Italian cuisine. She has studied the regional cuisines of Italy and brings her love of the culture and food to her students. Contact Marcia in room 122, at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4281 or by email at

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