History and Eat, Speak, Italian Program in Verona

Explore the history, culture, and cuisine of Verona, Italy with Professors Rala Diakite and Dan Sarefield.
Students in Verona

May - June 2026

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Eat, Speak, Italian

3 credits

  • Old LAS Designations: Global Diversity(GD), Citizen of the World (CTW)
  • New General Education: WLSL World language speaking and listening, DP diverse perspectives, and AIA

HIST 3001 Life in the Roman City

3 credits

  • Old LAS Designations: CTW, GDC, HIST, HI
  • New General Education: HI, IHIP (Study Abroad), and AIA

This program will consist of classroom time during the day followed by city tours in the afternoon. Students will tour Verona in their classes through a historical lens, diving into the history of Roman influence in the region. Students will also be led by their professors to different open air markets, restaurants, and cafes to learn about Italian food, culture, and language. In addition to Verona, this program will also have excursions to Sirmione beach, Venice, and Florence. 

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Estimated Program price* $3,900

Includes airfare, accommodations, insurance, orientations, on the ground transportation, excursions, some meals, and more.
Does not include personal expenses, SGOC undergraduate summer course expenses 

3 credits= $981 - One Course
6 credits= $1,962 - Both Courses (Eat, Speak, Italian and Life in the Roman City)

Students planning to use financial aid for the summer will need to take both courses for 6 credits. Students should speak to their financial aid and academic advisors to see what works best for them.

See Tuition and Fees for more information on the costs of taking a summer class here at Fitchburg State. Payment due at time of summer registration.

Pending financial aid does not cover study abroad payments. Please call Student Accounts for more details at 978.665.4126.


Payment schedule

First Payment due on February 2026
Second payment due on March 2026 
Third payment due on April 2026 


Students applying for the Verona Summer Program should apply to the Summer CIC Scholarship that opens in Academic Works.


The highlights of this study abroad experience include a trip to Sirmione and the beach, a day trip to Venice, and two days in Florence. You will have classes in the morning and free time in the afternoon. There will be cultural activities for you to do with your professors. There will also be plenty of free days for you to enjoy Italy as you choose.

Sample Itinerary (subject to change)

Day 1

Depart Boston at 5:45 p.m. on Aer Lingus flight 132 (layover in Dublin)

Day 2

Arrive Milan Linate at 10:35 a.m.

Day 3 Health, Safety and Culture Orientation
Day 4 Classes begin
Day 5                     Classes
Day 6 Classes
Day 7 Padua - Scrovegni Chapel, followed by Il Bo Palace
Train departure from Verona 9:22am – arrival in Padua 10:20 a.m.
11:45 a.m. Scrovegni Chapel
2:30 p.m. University IL BO
Train departure from Padua 6:40 p.m. – arrival in Verona 7:38 p.m.
Day 8 Free day
Day 9 Free day
Day 10 Classes
Day 11 Sirmione - Grotto of Catullo and free time at the lake
Bus departure from Verona 9:30 a.m.
11:30am visit to the Grotto of Catullo
Free day at the lake
Bus departure from Sirmione 5:30 p.m.
Day 12 Classes
Day 13 Republic Day. No classes or trips.
Day 14 Classes
Day 15 Free day
Day 16 Free day
Day 17 Classes
Day 18 Overnight trip (Florence) 
Train departure from Verona 9:37 a.m.
Day 19 Overnight trip (Florence)
Train departure from Firenze 7:36 p.m.
Day 20 Classes
Day 21 Cooking class
Departure from San Fermo Church 2:15 p.m. – we walk to la Soffritta
Day 22 Free day
Day 23 Free day
Day 24 Classes
Day 25 Trip to cheese factory, followed by olive oil factory
Bus departure from Verona 8:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. visit to the Cheese factory and tasting
2:30 p.m. visit to the olive oil factory and tasting
Departure 5 p.m.
Day 26 Classes
Day 27 Bolzano
Train departure from Verona 9 a.m. – arrival in Bolzano 10:31 a.m.
Train departure from Bolzano 6:31 p.m. – arrival in Verona 8:14 p.m.
Day 28 Classes
Day 29 Depart Venice at 12:15 p.m. on Aer Lingus flight 423 (layover in Dublin). Depart Dublin at 4:45 p.m. on Aer Lingus flight 137.
Arrive Boston at 6:55 p.m.

The people we encountered are very proud of the food they create - tortellini, gelato, and bread (made from ancient grains and prepared the same way as 5000 years ago). I was glad to be a part of that.

'23 Summer History and Eat, Speak, Student

Questions? Get in Touch!

Contact program advisors Rala Diakite at rdiakite@fitchburgstate.edu or Dan Sarefield at dsarefield@fitchburgstate.edu for more information.