Arriving in the Swiss city of Geneva, we will travel east along the Alps into Bella Italia aboard a chartered bus with a designated driver and tour escort. On our way to Venetia, we will visit one of Italy’s leading academic institutions in order to better appreciate Italian food and wine research and commercial agricultural practices.
In our travels through the world’s largest wine-producing country, we will visit vineyards and wineries notably in the cool-climate regions of Alto-Adige and Veneto and the warm Mediterranean climate of Sardegna, representative of Italian diversity in fine wine production and value-added agriculture.
Several farming and food manufacturing operations will be visited to explore the production of gourmet foods from artisan cheeses, fresh artichokes and oranges, to olive oil and seafood. Exposure to Italian art and culture will be accomplished through visits to historic sites, the extraordinary "City of Water", Venice, and the spectacular second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia.
To briefly relax during this rigorous academic adventure, we will visit the pristine beaches of Sardinia and offer opportunities for horseback riding and hiking in the highlands.
This 2014 Agriculture Study Abroad course - FS491i - is a 3-credit Purdue University Maymester (no pre-requisites).
The program will be primarily - but not exclusively (All Purdue students welcome!) - offered to undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Agriculture. It is particularly recommended for students who have taken FS 470 Wine Appreciation or FS 506 “Commercial Grape and Wine Production”. Graduating seniors are eligible to enroll!
The enrollment is limited to 20 students. There is no age requirement to participate.
For more information contact:
Program Website: Ag Study Abroad