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Ostia, Italy (Pre-Trip Stop)

A friend and I arrived in Italy one day early and spent the night in Ostia, a town on the beach near Rome. The hostel we stayed at was only minutes from the water, and it was so relaxing! Having an extra night to adjust to the time zone was…
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Cortona, Italy

The city of Cortona is situated on a mountain with our school buildings located near the top. It makes for quite the hike back up but fortunately there’s a beautiful stopping point overlooking the valley where everyone takes a break. The view from our room in the Kehoe Center also…
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Vineyards & Wineries

A major part of the Viticulture & Enology Maymester is visiting vineyards and wineries to see how the wines are made and hear about each place’s agricultural practices. Looking back on this program, I would say that these field trips were truly an essential and enlightening part of the trip…
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Closing time

As my study abroad comes to an end I have mix filings of sadness and excitement. Everything is a last, our last dinner at Tonino’s, our last class, the last night I sleep in the dorms and the last time I will see the gorgeous mountaintop view from the dorms…
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Life in Cortona!

I wake up every morning to the most breathtaking mountaintop view I have ever seen! The green fields go on for miles. Classes start really early, so I am sitting in class at 8 am. After class, I and group of friends always head into town and eat at a local pizzeria…
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Post Cortona blues

The Cortona viticulture and enology study abroad was more than I could have imagined. We learned about how to make wine, grow grapes, and visited multiple vineyards. We had wine tastings every day where we would smell the aroma of the wines and describe the scents as well as examine…
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Italy Reflection

Before this trip I considered wine an interest; now I consider it a passion. Something about the unique science behind wine, the way it’s grown from fruit and transformed into alcohol, captivates me. I’m in love with the multi-culturality and history of wine-the way it brings people from all generations…
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La Braccesca: An Inside View

On this trip, we get the privilege to travel to all sorts of vineyards, which seems like a dream come true. It doesn’t even feel like school to me, but La Braccesca Estate in particular absolutely blew my mind. I felt like royalty from the second we arrived and were…
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