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Study in Italy May 2008, Food Wine and Culture of Tuscany

Food, Wine, & Culture of Tuscany

Study in Florence Italy May 22-June 6, 2008

This course, open to all MCC students, includes culinary arts, food and wine pairing, European history, Italian language, art, and more.

Register NOW for HSP 222, 3 MCC credit course

Please contact Mr. Lawrence 3-140 if you have questions.

Cost of the course and general information is below


Two week culinary, cultural, and historical experience in the Tuscany and Umbria Region of Italy including Florence, Parma, Pienza, San Gimignano






All courses will be taught at or in conjunction with ACIF-Apicius The Culinary Institute of Florence

Via Guelfa 85

50129 Florence–Italy

Phone: +39 055 26 58 135

Fax: +39 055 26 56 689




Singles and doubles, Shared apartments



Cost: $ 5,050 per person



- Meals and activities listed in day by day schedule

- Accommodation in students’ shared apartments

-activities, education, excursions, transportation (airport pick up arrival and departure for group flight only)

- Single Supplement: $ 200 additional if you need a separate room

- Air and ground transportation from Rochester to Florence, Italy and return


The travel portion of the course is non refundable. Cancellation insurance is available and must be purchased at time of first payment- Inquire from Mr. Lawrence 585-292-2590


Payment schedule:

All payments are to be made to the MCC Association in building #3 Brighton campuses in accordance to the following schedule. Students should identify themselves to the receptionist at the window as a registered student for HSP 222 Food Wine and Culture of Tuscany. The cashier will accept your payment in cash or bank check and provide you with a receipt. Credit card may be used with an additional fee of 2.1% of the payment amount.


Payment schedule:

Initial deposit due November 29, 2007 $500.00

2nd payment due December 21, 2007 $1,500.00

3rd payment due February 8, 2007 $1,500.00

Final payment paid in full due March 14, 2007 $1,550.00

Total all payments $5,050.00

Optional cancellation travel insurance up to age 36 is an additional $178.00. Students over age 36 please inquire for a price quotation


What You'll Learn and Do...


Discover and taste the great food and wines of Italy! Food and Wine have always been closely linked to Italian Culture and Art. !! Tuscany and Umbria are the regional focus of your trip : you’ll learn the cultural rules of food consumption, the  comparison with the rules of music, dancing and poetry,  the relationships between food and religion, gender, tradition, art, lifestyle. You’ll meet chefs, cookbook authors, and at the same time, you’ll experience the beautiful art works and landscape of Tuscany and Umbria!


Day 1- Thursday May 22—Depart USA
Flight to Florence



Day 2- Friday May 23-Florence
Transfer by Private Bus to Apartments

Rest and unpack


Welcome Dinner in a Tuscan Trattoria

“ A typical Florentine Menu”.



Day 3- Saturday May 24 -Florence
Your day starts with a visit to the San Lorenzo Fresh Food Market. Discover all the different products that make Tuscan Cuisine well-known all over the world exploring this unique market.

After the market visit, you’ll walk to Apicius-The Culinary Institute of Florence.

Lecture: Italian Language and Culture

Afternoon: Cooking Class “ Olive Oil in Tuscan Cusine”, with Chef Duccio Bagnoli followed by a dinner on your own creations!

Day 4- Sunday May 25 - Pienza & San Gimignano
At 8:00 am departure for  Pienza ( Tuscany , province of Siena) . Arrival around 10:30am .

Pienza , a little town rich in Renaissance monuments ,  is known all over the world for its DOP Pecorino Cheese. A visit of the town will be given by the accompanying professors and it will be possible to taste some pecorino cheese.

Lunch  in a small trattoria tasting typical products

At  2:30 departure for San Gimignano, one of the most famous historical towns of Tuscany.

 San Gimignano, located about 45 minutes from Siena, is a typical village which is famous for its untouched medieval aspect. Its old towers, monuments and art treasures, together with the magnificent countryside, make of  this small town a “must see” when visiting Italy. We will visit the Collegiata with its beautiful 14th and 15th Century frescoes.

San Gimignano is also famous for a very prestigious wine , the Vernaccia di San Gimignano, the first Italian wine to obtain the DOC . Right outside of town, in San Donato  , we will go to visit the cellars of one of the producers of this famous wine. There , it will be possible to taste different types of wine made in the region ( Chianti Colli Senesi, Vernaccia ) accompanied by some local food ( prosciutto , salame , olives ,olive oil…) , in a regional combination.

Return in Florence around 7:30pm

Day 5—Monday May 26 -Florence

After a lecture on Renaissance Florence, take an architectural walking tour of the  city  experiencing the beauty of Brunelleschi and Alberti’s masterpieces.

Lunch ion your own

Afternoon lecture with tasting: “Wines of Tuscany” followed by a cooking class  with the chef Duccio Bagnoli on “ Fresh Pasta Workshop”.

Dinner on your own creations!!!!

Day 6— Tuesday May 27 Florence
Morning : Lecture: Italian Language and Culture followed by a

visit to the Uffizi Gallery: the most important collection of painting in Italy, housing works by Giotto, Cimabue, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Leonard, Tiziano and so many other great masters.

Lunch on your own

Afternoon Lecture: Meal Planning and Meal Management in the Italian family

Followed by a real meal with Italian families. Students will be invited in small groups by Italian families and will have dinner with them.

Day 7—Wednesday May 28 –Florence

Lecture: Italian Language and Culture

Visit to Palazzo Pitti and Galleria Palatina

Lunch on your own

Walking tour downtown the “Oltrarno Area”.

Dinner at the famous Restaurant “Acqua al Due”. Stefano Innocenti, the Restaurant Patron and Chef, will explain his Philosophy to you, answer your questions, and reveal the secrets of his long-term success!

Day 8—Thursday May 29 –Florence
Start your day with a lecture: “The Medici Family”, and learn about the many generations of Medici members that led Florence to be the cultural center of Europe in the Renaissance.

Right after you’ll visit the Medici Chapels, containing sculptures by Michelangelo, as well as the monument of Lorenzo the Magnificent.


Afternoon: Lecture“ Food and Wine at the Medici Court”

Followed by a Cooking Class with Chef Claudia Crociani: “ A Menu at the Medici Time”. Dinner on your own creations.


Day 9—Friday May 30 –Florence

Free Morning to Enjoy the city

Afternoon Lecture: Foods for Therapy: Beyond Chocolate, followed by a

 Chocolate workshop with the European Champion Chocolate/Pastry Chef Andrea Bianchini (with tasting!!!!!!!!). Learn all the secrets of tempering chocolate, of making truffles and tartes….

Dinner on your own   


 Day 10—Saturday May 31 - Parma

Departure by bus for Parma

8:00 am Arrival at the Parmigianino Cheese Factory. Guided tour with detailed explanation of the process.

12:00pm Lunch in Parma

After lunch walking Tour in the historical center.

3:00pm Visit to a Prosciutto Factory

5:00pm return to Florence




Day 11— Sunday June 1- Florence


Lecture: Italian Language and Culture 

Gastronomic Walking Tour with tasting. Visit the many wonderful  historical Food Stores, bars and café’s of Florence, tasting bites of their specialties.

Afternoon Lecture: “Pairing Food and Wine”. How to impress your guests learning all the tricks that allow you to pair wine with your own food. Professor Diletta Frescobaldi

Dinner on your own




Day 12- Monday June 2– Florence


Morning Lecture: Michelangelo and his time

Visit to the Accademia Gallery

Lunch at Restaurant “Il Pennello”, the oldest trattoria in Florence!

Afternoon at Leisure

Dinner on your own



Day 13- Tuesday June 3 - Florence


Morning: Cooking Class with Chef Duccio Bagnoli: “ A  Tuscan Summer  Menu”. Chef Duccio will explain the menu and give you all recipes and secrets!

Lunch on your own

Afternoon Lecture: Italian Language and Culture followed by a session on

 Aperitivo Italian Style

The session will be followed by an aperitivo session with food



Day 14– Wednesday June 4-  Orvieto


Departure for Orvieto

Arrival in Orvieto ( Umbria ) at about 10:00 am.

Here will start our whole day dedicated to the most important products of Umbria , with the help of one of the most famous chefs of the region, Lorenzo Polegri ;

In the morning :

-          10:30 am : Visit of the Cheese Factory Pesci in Bagnoregio, guided by a member of the staff of this farm where are made pecorino and ricotta cheeses of high quality.

12:30pm : Dinner at the restaurant Zeppelin , located in the centre of Orvieto and led by chef Lorenzo Polegri . Here you will be able to appreciate a whole meal ( from appetizer to dessert ) based on typical Umbrian products and cooking techniques. The menu will be accompanied by a selection of  two local wines


.In the afternoon: Walking tour. Orvieto is one of the most famous cities of Central  Italy , renowned for one of the most imposing cathedrals of Italy and for its wonderfully preserved middle age historical centre.


-          3:30 pm : Visit of the Olive Oil Museum and of the Oil-Mill Bartolomei in Montecchio. The museum hosts an interesting selection of ancient objects and tools used in the past for the production of olive oil and for the cultivation of olive trees. It will be possible also to have an olive oil tasting. The visit will be guided by a member of the staff of the farm.

-          4:45 pm : Visit of the Cantina “Barberani” in Cerreto di Baschi, producing very high quality wines of the region. It will be possible to taste 3 great wines .

-          Return to Florence



Day 15- Thursday June 5- Florence


Free day to enjoy the city

Farewell Dinner



Day 16- Friday June 6- Florence




Drew Lawrence