A Taste of Italy: Sep. 21- Oct. 3, 2016

Italian HarvestLearn secrets of the Italian art of eating well! 

For the fourth year in a row, retired University of Dayton faculty Andria Chiodo, Professor Emerita of Italian, and Patricia Dolan, former director of the Nutrition major, will host A Taste of Italy.

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 three different Italian regions. We will see how history, geography, honored traditions, and climate influence the cuisine. We will try our hand at cooking and learn about the importance of agriculture, food and wine to Italy’s economy.

Our itinerary includes:

September 21-25

Turin, in northwest Italy, lies 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.  

September 25-29
In addition to seeing Michelangelo’s David and Medici tombs and visiting some of the early Florentine churches with their marvelous artwork, we will have the opportunity to don a chef’s hat for a cooking class to learn about Tuscan cuisine. Participants may also opt to take a wine tour in the Tuscan hills.

September 29 - October 3
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.


♦ 12 nights accommodations in 3- and 4-star centrally located hotel with abundant buffet breakfast;
♦ group 7 lunches/dinners
♦ 2 cooking classes;
♦ travel between cities in comfortable private motor coach;
♦ walking tour of Florence and ticket to one major museum;
♦ ample unscheduled time to explore;
♦ pre-departure newsletters with a historical introduction to each city and places to visit;
♦ travel tips and a pre-departure orientation meeting in Dayton.


Please check back later for itinerary, pricing and registration information.

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.

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.