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A Taste of Italy

A Taste of Italy: Sep. 21- Oct. 3, 2016

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For the fourth year in a row, retired University of Dayton faculty Andria Chiodo, Professor Emerita of Italian, and Patricia Dolan, former director of the Nutrition major, will host A Taste of Italy.

Participants will enjoy the wonderful variety, natural goodness, and delicious flavors of Italian cuisine as we travel from north to south to learn about and sample the food and wines of three different Italian regions. We will see how history, geography, honored traditions, and climate influence the cuisine. We will try our hand at cooking and learn about the importance of agriculture, food and wine to Italy’s economy.

Our itinerary includes:

September 21-25

Turin, in northwest Italy, lies at the foot of the Alps.  This elegant city was Italy’s first capital and in the region where in recent years Italy’s “slow food” movement was born.  On a tour of the city center we will see the royal palace of Italy’s first king and the museum of the Holy Shroud of Turin.  On day trip outside the city, we will visit the beautiful wine growing areas for which the region is famous.

September 25-29

Florence, the capital of Tuscany, will be our second site.  We will walk through the historic center of the city known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance” and home of such famous artists as Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, and Botticelli.  Participants will visit a major museum of their choice.  We will learn about Florentine cuisine in a cooking class and will enjoy a day trip into the picturesque Tuscan hills for lunch and wine tasting.

September 29 - October 3
We will continue our travels south to Naples and Sorrento where we will enjoy spectacular views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  We will visit historic Naples and sample its world famous culinary invention—pizza! While in Sorrento we will taste local specialties at a mozzarella factory and at an ice cream shop.  On a visit to a nearby farm, we will harvest some local products, don a chef’s hat for a cooking lesson, and feast on a four course lunch.


$3,800 based on double occupancy
$770 supplement for single occupancy

Price includes:

  • accommodations with buffet breakfast in centrally located hotels
  • travel by motor coach between cities
  • group tours
  • cooking classes
  • Florentine museum entrance
  • 9  lunches and dinners
  • tips
  • newsletters with  travel hints and cultural information as well as a pre-departure meeting in Dayton


Reservations, accompanied by a $500 deposit due by April 15, 2016, will be accepted on a first-come basis.  A Taste of Italy is limited to 20 participants.

To reserve your place on the trip, download and print A Taste of Italy Registration Form OR call (937) 229-2347 to request a paper copy of the registration form. Fill out the registration form and send it with your $500 per-person deposit to:

Download A Taste of Italy Registration Form

Special Programs and Continuing Education
300 College Park Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45469-7011

Phone: 937-229-2347 Fax: 937-229-3500

$500 deposit per person is due by April 15, 2016.
Final payment is due by July 1, 2016.


If notified in writing of a registrant’s withdrawal from the program, the University of Dayton will refund the deposit and additional payments made as follows:

  • More than 120 days prior to the start of the program -- full refund less any unrecoverable expenses the University has incurred on the registrant’s behalf.                                                                                  
  • Within 120 days of the start of the program -- refund of all payments minus a $100.00 administrative fee and any unrecoverable expenses the University has incurred on the registrant’s behalf


As the University of Dayton has no control over the actual operation of the air, land or sea  elements of travel programs, it provides no expressed or implied warranty.  Participants are strongly encouraged to purchase individual travel insurance upon registration.

Program Hosts

The hosts of A Taste of Italy are faculty from the Department of Languages and the Department of Health and Sport Science. Their personal and academic experiences contribute greatly to an understanding and appreciation of Italian culture and cuisine.

Andria ChiodoProfessor Emerita  Andria  Chiodo  taught Italian language, literature, and culture at the University of Dayton  from 1968 to her retirement in May 2011.  In addition to teaching Italian, she taught English as a Second Language both in Dayton and in Italy, directed the University of Dayton’s Interdepartmental Summer Study Abroad Program, served two terms as chairperson of the Department of Languages and for three years as an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Most recently she taught a course for the UD Osher Life Long Learning Institute.

Andria has traveled to Italy numerous times, first as a student and later as a teacher, translator, and program leader both for student groups and groups of older adults.  Always eager to return, she is drawn by Italy’s boundless artistic and cultural treasures.

Patricia DolanPatricia Dolan recently retired from UD as a professor of nutrition and dietetics. During her 12 years as a faculty member in the Department of Health and Sport Science she led a program focusing on the Mediterranean Diet, taking students to Italy to experience hands-on cooking classes in Mediterranean food preparation. She is a registered dietitian, and prior to coming to UD she worked for Kettering Hospital as a Clinical Dietitian. 

In retirement Pat hopes to continue to use her nutrition knowledge and experience to help people learn how satisfying good food can be.


Sept. 21   Arrival in Turin. Introduction to Slow Food’s Salone del Gusto 2016. Welcome dinner.
Sept. 22   Guided walking tour of the historic center of Turin.
Sept. 23   Day tour into Le Langhe region famous for its truffles and wines. Lunch in the countryside.
Sept. 24   Free day
Sept. 25   Transfer by motor coach to Florence. Orientation walk through the famous historic center.
Sept. 26   Cooking class to prepare typical Tuscan dishes at the Apicius International School of Hospitality. Lunch.
Sept. 27   Tour into the picturesque countryside of Tuscany with lunch and wine tasting.
Sept. 28   Visit to a Florentine museum of choice. Group dinner.
Sept. 29   Transfer to Naples by motor coach. Guided walking tour. Dinner in the city that is the birthplace of pizza.
Sept. 30   Transfer to Sorrento. Visit to mozzarella factory with light lunch. Lesson at ice cream shop with samples.
Oct. 1   Cooking class at Fattoria Terranova where we will prepare and enjoy a four course lunch.
Oct. 2   Free day. Farewell dinner.
Oct. 3   Program ends after breakfast.

There is unscheduled time in each city to give participants ample opportunity to explore, shop, or perhaps just sit in a cafe to relax and enjoy the sights.

Contact Information

For additional registration information, contact Special Programs/CE at 937-229-2347.

For program information, contact Andria Chiodo at (937) 435-2025 / or Patricia Dolan at (937) 436-0532 /


Past participants in The Taste of Italy program have applied for and received Continuing Education Credits from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.   Please contact Patricia Dolan (937 436 0532) for detailed information.


This adult educational travel program may be taken in conjunction with the "Italy: A Harmony of the Arts" travel program also offered through UD Continuing Education.


Special Programs and Continuing Education

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7011
Special Program and Continuing Education