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Sharing Food and Philosophy in Italy’s Cilento Region (shortTREC)

Professor: Erik Anderson
Credits: 4

Summer 2021 | Cilento, Italy

  • Program Fee: $3,900


Journey to the coastal town of Ascea, and venture into the Cilento region of southern Italy. Here, cultural traditions are tied to the rich bounty of the natural environment and the ancient intersection of Greek settlers with native Etruscan and Lucanian peoples. This confluence has fascinated thinkers—from Homer to Hemingway—for millennia. Plus: visits to Paestum, Velia and Certosa di Padula.


Western Thought and Italian Culture

How did the Greek colonization of southern Italy bring forth Western civilization, and what is its legacy here? What does modern thought owe to the philosophers and explorers of Magna Graecia? How is local culture expressed through its food traditions?


Synthesize Immersive and Academic Learning

Take classes at the Fondazione Alario per Elea-Velia, learning to connect philosophy, literature, history, geography, gastronomy and sustainability. Use this interdisciplinary lens to understand Cilento’s influence on Western civilization and our modern world. Visit places and taste dishes integral to the Mediterranean diet. Savor local traditions in site visits and hands-on workshops.


Notch an immersive experience for your Launch Plan while networking and practicing transferable skills. This program is particularly relevant to students studying philosophy and anthropology; Italian culture and history; and environmental science and sustainability as well as those planning careers in tourism, food science and natural resources management.

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