From May 16 to May 30, 2011, 42 students and four faculty from UMF visited Italy, hitting Venice, Florence and Rome. We walked a good 10-15 miles a day, ate excellent food (if veggies tasted as good in the US as they do in Italy, we’d not have any trouble getting kids to eat them!) and it was a wonderful and enjoyable learning experience. I forced myself to take time almost every day to blog a bit about the trip. The blogs entries are meant to show not just what we did, but how we tried to cover the course material and make this a profoundly meaningful education experience.
Click any of the links below for the corresponding blog post for that day. The first link is the start of the trip, and if you click that you can then forward day by day by just moving to the next entry rather than coming back here.
May 16 – Off to Italia!
May 17 – A Long Day but Worth It!
May 19 – Venice Through Time
May 19 – Humanism
May 20 – From Venice to Florence
May 21 – Machiavelli and Savonarola
May 23 – Petrarch, Dante and Boccaccio
May 23 – Student Reflections and Some Drama
May 24 – The Age of Reason
May 25 – Roma!
May 26 – The Empire Falls, the Church Rises
May 27 – When in Rome
May 28 – Angels and Demons
May 29 – Ciao Roma!