Italy - ITA235H5F: Italian History and Culture Through Food

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The Course: ITA325

(Offered in English) This course charts the regional diversity of Italian food and examines various factors (early settlers, wars, migratory trends) that have shaped Italian culinary traditions. Students will also have the opportunity to explore their own culinary traditions. Students have the option of participating in local and international field trips (to restaurants, factories, farms). When travel experiences are offered, additional costs and application processes apply.

Exclusion: ITA234H5

The Trip

Taste the food and visit the places you learn about in Cucina Italiana (ITA235). You will cook, eat, and learn in an all-inclusive trip through Rome, Bologna, and Florence as you become ever more familiar with the history and cultural traditions of Italy. 

Spend 8 amazing days traveling through Italy savoring its world-renowned dishes and learning how to make pasta alongside your classmates and Professor Teresa Lobalsamo.

Expected Travel Dates: June 22 - June 30

Activities Include

  • A historical food tour through the centre of Rome;
  • Learning about the Slow Food Movement on site, at several authenticated food factories;
  • Pasta-making classes in Bologna - the culinary capital of Italy;
  • Tasting Italy's famous cuisine in Florence and meeting the families that have traditionally served these treasures over the years;
  • Learning the history of food and how to make pasta on a farm outside of Bologna.

Why Participate

  • Experience, first-hand, the rich history of Italian food;
  • Engage in an active learning environment that will be educational, practical, and unforgettable;
  • Add international experience to your resume.


Estimated cost of International Component 2019-2020: CAD $3400-$3700

*The amount posted is currently under review by the University Business Board. Approved amounts will be confirmed in March 2019. 

What is Included: Flights, transportation, accommodation, meals and in-country activities associated with the course. Funding Available!

What is NOT Included: Course fees, fees associated with travel insurance, trip cancellation insurance, additional optional tours/activities while abroad, visa applications, medical exams, vaccinations, and any other additional costs.

Funding 2019-2020

  • This experience is offered with the generous support of the Office of the Dean, which means; bursaries will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need (not linked to OSAP) as shown in your funding request in your UTM Abroad application.
  • Read more about funding here!

Need To Know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to change.
  • Students must be enrolled in ITA235H5F and will be required to abide by the corresponding UTM Abroad application requirements and deadlines to participate in the international experience.
  • Fees must be paid in full by the required deadlines.
  • To prepare for the trip, students attending will participate in mandatory pre-departure and safety abroad sessions.​