Food, Wine, and Fashion of Italy
Location: Florence, Italy


Department: General Studies and Family & Consumer Sciences

Faculty leader: Lisa Brooks ( and Crystal Duncan Lane (

: Family & Consumer Sciences  

  Terms/Timeframe: March 9 - 16, 2014 (Spring Break)

Language: English

  Credits: 2

Budget: Spring Break Budget


Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

  Application Deadlines:
December 6, 2013
  Application Materials:

Customized Program Application

Academic Program

The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities for students to explore the culture of Italy including: art, fashion, textiles, cuisine, wine, photography, and history.  Florence, the center of the Renaissance movement, is a living laboratory where students will find themselves immersed in and become a participant in a culturally diverse world.  The program will help students develop an awareness of global issues related to their discipline, improve foreign and functional communication abilities, increase levels of independence and tolerance, expand their problem-solving abilities, and develop more culturally sensitive attitudes and behaviors.

This program is intended to primarily serve students who are in the Family and Consumer Sciences Program and adults in the BGS Program.  However, students in other majors are also welcome to participate.

It was a marvelous opportunity that I would recommend to all students, undergrads and graduate students alike. All of the courses were interesting and instructors were highly knowledgeable. --Patricia Clifford, Summer 2010 participant

"This was an amazing experience. The amount that you are able to learn hands-on is incredible." --Kayla Browning, Spring 2010 participant

The school and professors are amazing! --Mallori Tamblin, Spring 2010 participant

Read a great article about the different regions of Italy.

Activities / Itinerary




Sunday March 10th


Students arrive. Palazzi staff will facilitate airport pick-up for students arriving on group flight, transport the group to the hotel and assist with check-in. Distribution of cell-phones.



Orientation: Welcome to Florence! Introduction to Palazzi and its various components; academic and housing rules and regulations; introduction to the Student Life department and extracurricular activities.



Welcome dinner with a typical Tuscan menu.

Monday March 11th


Market Tour: Students will be guided by a gastronomic expert through the San Lorenzo Central Food Market, where the freshest ingredients are available to the public.



Lecture: Introduction to Italian Gastronomy. Overview of the social and cultural aspects of Italian products, such as prosciutto and extra virgin olive oil, followed by tastings. Special focus on the significance of regional products, and the meaning of DOP certification



Lecture: Fashion – Made in Italy. An overview of Italian fashion history, with an emphasis on Italian fashion design and designers from the 1950s to the present. Followed by a walking tour of the high-end shopping areas of Florence, Via Tornabuoni and Via della Vigna Nuova.



Lecture and Workshop: The Importance of Pasta in the Italian Diet. Lecture and hands-on workshop on how to make fresh egg pasta with various accompanying sauces. Students will work in groups to prepare the menu and will dine on dishes at the end of the lesson.

Tuesday March 12th


Walking tour of Renaissance Florence with an Art Historian to see sights such as Palazzo Vecchio and the Duomo. Followed by a visit to the Uffizi gallery to see renowned Resnaissance works such as Botticelli's Birth of Venus, Leonardo's The Annunciation and Michelangelo's Tondo Doni.



Workshop: The Fundamentals of Fashion Photography. The basics of fashion photography such as lighting and composition will be discussed during a hands-on photo shoot. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with styling various fashion looks during the workshop.

Wednesday March 13th

All Day

Day trip to the Tuscan province of Arezzo to visit the medieval town of Sansepolcro and the hilltop village of Anghiari. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Busatti textile factory which, since 1842, continues to produces top quality fabric according to historic procedures, maintaining a 'made in Italy' philosophy through each stage of production.

Thursday March 14th


Visit to the laboratories/workshops of a luxury Italian designer to go behind the scenes and witness first hand the processes involved in the production of internationally renowned fashion brands.



Lecture: Introduction to Italian Wines. An overview of the fundamentals of wine analysis through the tasting of typical Italian wines, with an emphasis on the cultural significance of wine in the Italian lifestyle, and the meanings behind IGT, DOC and DOCG certifications.



Lecture and Workshop: Italian Food and Culture. Lecture with a hands-on approach to classic Italian dishes, with a focus on the importance of food in the Italian lifestyle. Students will work in groups to prepare the menu and will sample the dishes at the end of the lesson.

Friday March 15th

All Day

Day trip to the Tuscan province of Siena to visit the Renaissance town of Pienza, the hilltop village of Montepulciano and a local winery. Includes tastings of Pienza's famous sheep milk pecorino cheese and wines such as the renowned Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Saturday March 16th


Departure with group drop off at airport.


Make course/substitution selections on your EIU Program Application. The credit hours associated with your selections may not exceed the credit hours allocated for this program: 2

Below are the choices available for this program:

Course Number: FCS 3961 (CourseID 2669)
Course Number: STA 5961 (CourseID 4671)

After Your Trip:
Take STA4000G at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar requirement!


Double accommodations will be provided in a hotel located in the Renaissance Center of Florence. 


At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.

Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.

Modern medical facilities are available in Florence and there are several excellent hospitals within just a few minutes of the school.  There are a number of American doctors in the area. 

Necessary Documents

To enter a foreign country, 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.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**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. **