Urbino, Italy

Urbino, Italy

Florence: Writing, Media, and Culture

This five weeks workshop, situated in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, offers to students the opportunity to gain an in-depth multicultural perspective reflecting on the interaction between different cultures and nationalities. The journalism class focuses on foreign correspondence. Its aim is to analyze great foreign reporting by Americans covering social, economic, and political affairs abroad and to reflect on and writing about travel experiences, making these contents available to a domestic readership. The European cinema class takes into consideration Italian neorealism and its influence on French, Spanish, British, German, and Belgian cinema. Students visit some of the most important museums in the world, and are also exposed to the celebrated Italian food culture, tasting but also learning how to make Italian food. The workshop offers a two days trip to Rome and a visit to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, and a visit to Cinecittà, the most important film studios in Italy. Students live in apartments in the center of Florence, at a walking distance from the classroom space and surrounded by the artistic beauties of the city in a safe, friendly environment.

The workshop offers, through our partner AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Studies) the possibility of internships in English speaking newspapers and magazines and other companies located in Florence.

The workshop is open to all majors, no knowledge of Italian is required. For more information please contact Dr. Daniele Fioretti at: fioretd@miamioh.edu.

Firenze: students making pasta

Firenze: students making pasta

Firenze: students in our classroom

Firenze students in our classroom


Florentine woman gives tourists an Italian food education

Written by Mackenzie Rossero, CAS communications intern (click above to read the entire article)

Mackenzie is a senior triple major in Journalism, Creative Writing, and English:Literature. She spent the summer of 2018 in Florence, Italy, through the study abroad program, "Florence, Italy: Writing, Media and Culture," sponsored by the Department of Media, Journalism & Film and led by professor Daniele Fioretti. She says that because of that program, she had 6 amazing weeks to study the Italian culture and the Italian people. "The people were the best part."

She writes: 

"I was drawn to Emily Crusi because she was one of the most welcoming and friendly people I met in Florence — and because her co-worker jokingly declared that Emily had always wanted to be famous. So, I spent a few hours in their market stall, talking to Emily and hearing about her life. It was amazing to me that I was able to connect with and befriend a stranger who was so completely different from me, and it was even more amazing when we shared a tearful goodbye at the end of my trip.

"This study abroad program encourages students to go beyond their comfort zone and truly experience Florence. The class assignments brought me to food vendors and marketplaces, where I was instructed to find someone interesting and write about them. This article is a direct result of that."