The Gulf Coast Food Project

Ferrara Eats:

Food Studies

Study Abroad

Summer 2018

In Italy: July 23-August 4 2018

Overview of the Program

The beautiful Renaissance city of Ferrara is close to Bologna, midway between Venice and Florence, yet relatively unknown to tourists. Shaped over the centuries by the River Po, Ferrara was one of the centers of the Italian renaissance. Today, you can walk the city walls that surround Ferrara—there is a nine km path on top of the wall and a 15 km path below the wall, ride a bicycle to class just like the locals, and visit Ferrara’s outstanding museums. The city is extremely safe, clean, and accessible with a small-town feel, yet boasts world-class art treasures and exhibits

In this picturesque city, this program will critically examine food--its history in the region, its production, as well as how to write about issues related to food. In recent years, food writing has seen an explosion of writers whose contributions range from recipes to blog posts to food scholarship and novels. Each writer brings his or her own flavor to the page: some celebrate the sheer pleasure of eating, while others explore the history and moral issues behind the food we consume and question how these choices shape individuals and cultures.

Video Highlights from Previous Trips

Tentative Italy Itinerary

(subject to refinement)

Week One

Monday: Airport Pick up, Opening Dinner

Tuesday: Ferrara City Tour; Castello Estense guided tour

Wednesday: Terra VivaBio Ferrara, an inner city organic farm and Organic Farming in Italy Guest Lecture

Thursday: Visit to Local Cured Meat Farm and Guest Lecture on Biodiversity

Friday: Full day excursion: Bologna City Tour and Parmigiano Cheese factory, including step by step production and tasting

Saturday: Community Engagement Day with  Pasta Making Night and Dinner, learn how to make fresh pasta under the guidance of a sfoglina

Sunday: Free day


Week Two

Monday: Full day excursion: Modena "Acetaia" Balsamic Vinegar Farm, including demonstration and tasting

Tuesday: Depart Ferrara - Overnight Excursion: Florence City Tour

Wednesday: Maremma including wine production and tasting

Thursday: Return to Ferrara with guest lecture on the Slow Food Movement in Italy

Friday: Full Day excursion: Po River Valley and Tour of the Delta region including rice cultivation and production

Saturday: Free Day (weekend trip to Venice perhaps?)

Sunday: Free Day

Monday: Italy Wrap Up and Final Class (in Italy)

Tuesday: Return to Houston


All students will be living in home stays during the trip in order to fully immerse themselves in the culture and experience of Italy. This will also reduce the costs as most in-country meals will be provided.

Cost: $2,000 plus tuition & airfare

For more information, please contact:


Dr. Temple Northup,