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Field Trips for Reggio Emilia, Italy

You are encouraged to participate in the organized field trips, which are included in your program fees. In addition to the included program field trips, you may also have course field trips and numerous informal activities that expose you to the local culture as well. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.

The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics.

Two people enjoying their balsamic vinegar tasting in Acetaia, Italy.Acetaia

Visit a traditional acetaia where you’ll have the chance to taste the locally produced aceto balsamico (balsamic vinegar). Join the local tradition and try the vinegar atop a variety of foods – strawberries and fresh fruit of all kinds, boiled eggs, desserts like panna cotta, even gelato! You will be amazed by the delicious taste!

Two people posing in front of a Ferrari at the Ferrari Museum in Italy.Automobile Facilities: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati

The Ferrari Museum in Maranello, linked to the famous Ferrari factory built in 1947, hosts an exhibition of Gt, F1and sport-race Ferrari cars, sport trophies, pictures, videos, and other souvenirs of the history of Ferrari. In the same region you can also enjoy the glamour of Lamborghini and Maserati – a true car-lover’s visit!

A group of students exploring the historic architecture in Bologna, Italy.Bologna

It is the seventh most populous city in Italy and the largest city in Emilia Romagna. The first settlements date back to at least 1000 BC. The city is an urban center, first under the Etruscans and the Celts, then under the Romans and after as a free municipality. Home of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088, Bologna hosts thousands of students who enrich the social and cultural life of the city. Famous for its towers and lengthy porticoes, Bologna has a well-preserved, beautiful historical center (one of the largest in Italy).

A group of students posing in front of a historic building in Modena, Italy.Modena

Modena is located in the heart of the Emilia Romagna region. Located only 10 minutes away from Reggio Emilia, its hospitality focuses on cuisine and cultural life. No one can leave Modena without tasting the traditional balsamic vinegar, an exquisite condiment made from cooked grape must that is aged for many years in wooden barrels. The city offers lots of entertainment including beautiful music and high speed sports cars. Ferraris and Maseratis can often be seen gliding down the roads of Modena and its surroundings – this is where the two legendary car makers are based. Modena is rich in architectural treasures such as the Ghirlandina Tower, the Cathedral and Piazza Grande, which was added to the World Heritage list by UNESCO in 1997.

A group of students exploring the city of Parma, Italy.Parma

Only 15 minutes away from Reggio Emilia, Parma is a refined and welcoming city whose center is rich in art, parks, and treasures from different ages. Parma is a celebration of taste for any food lover: prosciutto and cheese are the best contributions of Parma to world cuisine. Take a walk along the river, visit the Duomo, the Battistero and the other ancient churches of the city center. Stop by a trattoria to enjoy the local food, and visit the beautiful Royal Garden along the river.

A man giving a presentation about Parmigiano Reggiano at the Consorzio Vacche Rosse in Italy.Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Factory— Consorzio Vacche Rosse

Tour a local caseificio (cheese factory) and taste the world-famous Parmigiano Reggiano, which was invented hundreds of years ago and is one of the most highly prized cheeses in the world! Learn about the whole process, from the cows to the cheese.

Reggio Children Loris Malaguzzi International Center in Italy.Reggio Children - Loris Malaguzzi International Center

Visit the Reggio Children Loris Malaguzzi International Center, a mixed public and private company founded and located in Reggio Emilia. The center was established with the aim to promote high quality education worldwide, particularly related to the education of young children and the training of teachers. The Reggio Philosophy is one of the most famous education approaches in the world today.

A view of the ferris wheel on the beach in Rimini, Italy.Rimini

We will explore Rimini, a lively city on the Adriatic Sea also famous for its Roman tradition, long beaches, film director Fellini's cinematic locations, sports, spas, amusement parks, and the delicious Piadina Romagnola, a sort of flat bread, usually filled with cheese, vegetables, or meat.

During our day trip we will have a guided walking tour where we will see both the roman and the renaissance influences: Augustus Arch, the Surgeon's House, the Tiberius Bridge, the Malatesta Temple, Castel Sismondo (from outside) and Galli theater.

We will then stop to a typical restaurant where you will have the opportunity to taste the typical piadina romagnola. You will have some free time at the beach, and we will also plan a short walk in a beautiful medieval village near Rimini: Santarcangelo di Romagna.

Students visiting the Tri Color Museum in Reggio Emilia, Italy.Tri Color Museum

Share the pride of Reggio Emilia—where the Italian tri-color flag was created in 1797—by touring this magnificent museum in the historic city center.

A Ducati motorcycle on display in Borgo, italy.Motorcycle Facilities

Ducati Motor Holding is an Italian company, located in Borgo Panigale (a few minutes from Bologna) that designs and manufactures the famous motorcycles of the same name. Founded in 1926 by Antonio Cavalieri Ducati, Ducati has a flourishing motorbike market all over the world -- the U.S. and Italy represent 50% of the worldwide sales turnover- not to mention the astonishing shows Ducati it gives at MotoGP and superbike races.