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Not Only in Chianti

Verdiana Garau


Foreign students attending study abroad programs in Italy for an academic term should also explore the not so obvious destinations. Paradoxically, while the number of international students grows (and Italy stands out as their favorite European country), the number of places they visit tends to decrease. It is becoming increasingly rare for those students to explore new sites on their own and — so to speak — go off the beaten path. In this regard, the routes taken by US students while abroad (especially  when traveling with large groups of peers) are becoming overtly commercial and, consequently, predictable. This article tries to highlight some short, simple, and yet not so obvious trips in one of the regions that US undergraduates like best when it comes to studying abroad – Tuscany – as well as the pride the local inhabitants take in preserving its terroir and traditions.


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