A Taste of Italy: September 15 - 28, 2015

Italian HarvestLearn secrets of the Italian art of eating well! 

For the third year in a row A Taste of Italy program participants will enjoy the wonderful variety, natural goodness, and delicious flavors of Italian cuisine as we travel from north to south to learn about and sample the food and wines of different Italian regions.

We will see how history, geography, honored traditions, and climate influence the cuisine. We will also learn about the importance of agriculture, food and wine to Italy’s economy.

Our itinerary includes:

2015 is a very special year for the theme of food, because the northern Italian city of Milan is hosting EXPO 2015: Feeding the Planet; Energy for Life, a six month universal exposition of food and sustainability with 145 countries and several international organizations represented. Both Italy and the USA have pavilions. In order to take advantage of this unique opportunity, we have extended our trip by a day to include Milan as our first program site this year.
From Milan we will travel by bus to Turin in northwest Italy at the foot of the Alps.  This elegant city was Italy’s first capital and in the region where in recent years Italy’s “slow food” movement was born.  Wines from the area near Turin include the rich Barolo and bubbly Asti Spumante.  

In central Italy we will visit the beautiful medieval city of Assisi, home to Italy’s patron Saint Francis. A trip into the countryside will give us the opportunity to try local foods and wines. 
Next, we will continue south to spectacular Sorrento overlooking the Mediterranean. Our cooking school outside the city will give us the chance to harvest some local products, don a chef’s hat, and prepare a magnificent lunch.


There is unscheduled time in each city to give participants ample opportunity to explore, shop, or perhaps just sit in a cafe to relax and enjoy the sights.

Sept. 15 Arrival in Milan. Welcome dinner.
Sept. 16 EXPO 2015: World’s fair of food and sustainability at the Milan Exposition Center.
Sept. 17 Walking tour of Milan’s fashionable and historic city center. Transfer to Turin by motor coach.
Sept. 18 Day tour into Le Langhe region famous for its truffles and wines. Lunch in the countryside.
Sept. 19 Guided walking tour of the historic center of Turin.
Sept. 20 Free day
Sept. 21 Transfer to Assisi by motor coach.
Sept. 22 Guided walking tour of Assisi. Visit to nearby Spello with a banquet lunch of local specialties.
Sept. 23 Free day
Sept. 24 Transfer to Sorrento by motor coach.
Sept. 25 Visit to mozzarella factory and light lunch. Visit to ice cream shop with lesson and samples.
Sept. 26 Cooking class at Fattoria Terranova where we will prepare and enjoy a four course lunch.
Sept. 27 Free day. Farewell dinner.
Sept. 28 Program ends after breakfast.

Program Hosts

The hosts of A Taste of Italy are faculty from the Department of Languages and the Department of Health and Sport Science. Their personal and academic experiences contribute greatly to an understanding and appreciation of Italian culture and cuisine.

Andria ChiodoProfessor Emerita  Andria  Chiodo  taught Italian language, literature, and culture at the University of Dayton  from 1968 to her retirement in May 2011.  In addition to teaching Italian, she taught English as a Second Language both in Dayton and in Italy, directed the University of Dayton’s Interdepartmental Summer Study Abroad Program, served two terms as chairperson of the Department of Languages and for three years as an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Most recently she taught a course for the UD Osher Life Long Learning Institute.

Andria has traveled to Italy numerous times, first as a student and later as a teacher, translator, and program leader both for student groups and groups of older adults.  Always eager to return, she is drawn by Italy’s boundless artistic and cultural treasures.

Patricia DolanPatricia Dolan recently retired from UD as a professor of nutrition and dietetics. During her 12 years as a faculty member in the Department of Health and Sport Science she led a program focusing on the Mediterranean Diet, taking students to Italy to experience hands-on cooking classes in Mediterranean food preparation. She is a registered dietitian, and prior to coming to UD she worked for Kettering Hospital as a Clinical Dietitian. 

In retirement Pat hopes to continue to use her nutrition knowledge and experience to help people learn how satisfying good food can be.

Reservations and Payment

Reservations, accompanied by a $500 deposit due by March 31, 2015, will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A Taste of Italy is limited to 20 participants. Final payment is due by July 1, 2015.

To reserve your place on the trip, download and print A Taste of Italy Registration Form OR call (937) 229-2347 to request a paper copy of the registration form. Fill out the registration form and send it with your $500 per person deposit to:

Special Programs and Continuing Education
300 College Park Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45469-7011

Price includes accommodations with buffet breakfast in centrally located hotels; travel by motor coach between cities ; group tours, cooking classes, and entrance to EXPO 2015; 6 lunches and dinners; tips; newsletters with travel hints and cultural information as well as a pre-departure meeting on the University of Dayton campus.

  • $4,100 based on double occupancy
  • $500 supplement for single occupancy

If notified in writing of a registrant’s withdrawal from the program, the University of Dayton will refund the deposit and additional payments made as follows:

  • More than 120 days prior to the start of the program -- full refund less any unrecoverable expenses the University has incurred on the registrant’s behalf
  • Within 120 days of the start of the program -- refund of all payments minus a $100.00 administrative fee and any unrecoverable expenses the University has incurred on the registrant’s behalf

PLEASE NOTE: As the University of Dayton has no control over the actual operation of the air, land or sea elements of travel programs, it provides no expressed or implied warranty. Participants are strongly encouraged to purchase individual travel insurance upon registration.

Contact Information

For additional registration information, contact Special Programs/CE at 937-229-2347.

For program information, contact Andria Chiodo at (937) 435-2025 / andriachiodo@gmail.com or Patricia Dolan at (937) 436-0532 / dolanpae@gmail.com.