Slow Living: Cuisine, Culture, Community

Faculty Leader: Dr. Lisa Taylor, lmtaylor@eiu.edu

 

Location:Southern Italy

   
  Subjects:
 

Cooking, Culture, Community

   
  Terms/Timeframe:
 

Summer - May 7 to May 22

Do not use these dates to purchase airfare; use dates provided by host.

   
  Language: English
   
 

Budget:

Summer, May 2013


  Eligibility:
 

Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

   
  Application Deadlines:
 

FEBRUARY 1, 2013 *
Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited.
* Scholarship applications are due on January 11, 2013.

 


COURSES
STA 3961 (3 credits)

If you would like the course to count towards a requirement, then take the course approval form to the appropriate department chair for review.

 
Application Materials:
 

EIU Application Materials

Also, please complete your Travel Consultation (as indicated in your EIU Application checklist).
All Application Materials should be turned in to the Office of Study Abroad in 1207 Blair Hall by the appropriate deadline.


 

Program Highlights

Take the opportunity to experience Southern Italy, at a perfect time of year. This program is based in Matera, a fascinating city built into rock where Mel Gibson filmed "The Passion of the Christ". Topics include: Slow-Food Movement, Communities, Cultures, and Cuisines of Southern Italy (Basilicata and Puglia), and a tour on three Seas – Ionian, Tyrrhenian, Adriatic.

 

Tentative Itinerary

Description

Location

Hotel

keyword

Wed 8th May 2013

 

Arrival in BARI airport with group flight and private transfer to hotel, Check in Hotel.
Welcome Aperitivo

 

BARI-MATERA

 

Hotel
B&B
in
Matera

 

Benvenuti!

Thu 9th May2013

 

AM
Orientation and tour of facilities
Lecture: Where we are, “History of Matera” –aiming to familiarize students with the city of Matera, its peculiarities and traditions, introducing at the same time the afternoon walking tour.
Welcome Lunch and experience of local food.

PM
Guided tour of Matera, the city of Sassi

 

 

 

Matera

 

 

Hotel
B&B
in Matera

 

 

Discovery

Fri 10th May 2013

 

AM
Lecture: The Mediterranean diet Part I
Visiting the local markets: students will be divided into small groups & each will be presented with a task to accomplish – students will work together to speak & interact with locals.

PM
Welcome to Basilicata, introduction to the next day movie tour.
Basilicata coast to coast film watching

 

 

Matera

 

 

Hotel
B&B
Matera

 

 

Mediterranean
diet

Sat 11th May 2013

AM
Outdoor lesson. A day in Maratea, discovering the tyrrenian coast
Coast to coast tour day II

PM
Lunch

 

Maratea

 

 

Hotel
B&B
in Matera

 

walking

Sun 12th May 2013

AM
Outdoor lesson. Discovery tour La Magna Grecia. The Ionian coast
Coast to coast tour day II

PM
Pizza lunch

 

Metaponto

 

 

Hotel
B&B
Matera

 

Magna Grecia

 

Mon 13th May 2013

AM
Free morning

PM
Lesson: slowfood movement, slow living philosophy

 

 

Matera

 

 

Hotel
B&B
in Matera

 

 

slow

 

 

Tue 14th May 2013

AM
Lesson and seminar on olive oil. The role of Olive Oil in the slow living  philosophy and in the Mediterranean diet.

PM
Free time

 

Collina Materana

 

Hotel
B&B
Matera

 

olive oil

Wed 15th May 2013

AM
Day trip to Alberobello and Ostuni.
Guided tour of Alberobello and its unique Trulli constructions.

PM
Lunch, outdoor lesson & visit. Students will have the opportunity to visit an Italian ‘Frantoio’- oil mill and taste the new oil. Extra virgin olive oils, organoleptic test, olfactory test.

 

 

 

 

Alberobello
Ostuni

 

 

Hotel
B&B in Matera

 

 

Frantoio
Adriatic Sea

Thu 16th May 2013

 

AM
Student will experience how here
they make Mozzarella.

PM
Lunch – Tasting local products
Art History walking tour of Matera (Unesco world heritage site), experience the VICINATO philosophy, people here used to live in community. Guided tour.

 

 

Matera

 

 

Hotel
B&B in Matera

 

 

Matera

Fri 17th May 2013

AM
Introduction and  lecture, discovering the gastronomy of Matera and Basilicata.
Visit of the famous ‘bread shops’ of Matera and learn how to make bread.

PM
How to use fresh products to cook every day. Students will work in groups to prepare the menu and will sample the dishes at the end of the lesson. Lectures and hands-on workshop are held in a Masseria outside the town where students can experience the cooking of Italian food.

 

 

 

Matera

 

 

Hotel
B&B in Matera

 

 

 

bread

Sat 18th May 2013

AM
Gaining Health, Italian Public Health Philosophies (lecture)

 

PM
Walking tour of Gravina di Matera to have a deeper view in local nature and ancient culture.

 

 

Gravina

 

Hotel
B&B in Matera

 

 

health

Sun 19th May 2013

AM
The flight of the angel day. Discovering the ancient villages where flying is possible (http://www.volodellangelo.com/index_eng.asp)

 

Lucanian Dolomites

 

 

 

Hotel
B&B in Matera

 

 

Flying

 

Mon 20th May 2013

AM
Day trip to Vulture Wine Districts
Visit of ancient wine cellars that are nestled into the town and new modern cellars
in the countryside. Aglianico del Vulture is one of the best Italian red wine.

PM
Lunch break with wine tasting directly in the wine cellars.
Introduction to Italian Wines, IGT, DOC and DOCG certifications.
Lecture 2: held by a wine expert and owner of the best Cantina of Aglianico del Vulture.

 

 

 

 

Aglianico area

 

 

 

 

Hotel
B&B in Matera

 

 

 

 

wine

Tue 21st May 2013

AM
Lesson and art tour
PM
Farewell dinner

 

Matera

 

Hotel
B&B in Matera

 

art

Wed 22nd May 2013

Check-out from  hotel and private transfer to Bari Airport

 

 

Arrivederci!

 

Foreign Entry Requirements

To enter Italy, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

 

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **

Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.