From the Grand Tour to the modern Study Abroad
What links the Grand Tour, President Obama and a Study Abroad in Rome?
“In the 18th century the so-called Grand Tour became a rite of passage for aristocratic young men” (cfr The 18th Century – The Role of the Grand Tour – in Britannica on-line) and previewed Tuscany and then Rome as final destinations to complete the cultural education of those who would form the ruling class of Western society at the time.
It is interesting to note that The University of Delaware is credited with creating more or less two centuries later (in the1920s) the first study abroad program designed for U.S. undergraduate students. In 2018 Italy welcomed 35,366 US undergraduate university students attending Study Abroad Program according to a research conducted by IIE.
The most desired destination in Europe is the city of Rome
Coming to the present days and talking about Italy in general, that remains the most desired destination in the world for tourism and leisure, Rome is the most popular tourist destination in Europe. Consequently, the study abroad programs in Rome are in great demand by students.
Here are the things not to be missed (according to Tripadvisor) when visiting the city of Rome:
- Foro Romano
- Colle Palatino
- Galleria Borghese
- Fontana di Trevi
- Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
- Castel Sant’Angelo
- Piazza Navona
Also Siena in the 15 Top Cities for tourism and culture and tradition
But there is not only Rome among the most popular Italian cities for tourists and foreign students: Siena reaches n. 7 position bewteen the 15 Top Cities in Europe in 2019 not only for tourism. We can add that Siena is extremely important for its artistic cultural heritage and social structure due to the Contrada system and organization. At the end, in a lot of Study Abroad Programs in Italy Siena is a compulsory destination to be visited.
All this said it is not by chance that Michelle and Barack Obama visited Siena for period of rest immediately after leaving the White House. Their choice was due to the perfect combination of relax, culture visits, enjoying tastes and flavors of our city.
A trip for students who want to learn more about Italian culture
DA Siena is conscious that the students attending a Study Abroad Program in Italy have to conjugate the hands-on learning and living experience at least in the three most important destinations. This is why the Learning-Italy Project has tailored a Summer Study Abroad in Rome 2020 Program for those students who want to deep the knowledge of the Italian culture combining together Rome – the Capital – Florence – the Cradle of the Renaissance – together with Siena – the Dream of the Middle Ages and one of the safest Italian cities.