Experiencing Southern Italy's Culture and Heritage
This program will be offered in January 2019. If you are interested in this program save it to your profile.
While Lecce is considered one of the top twenty places to live in Italy, it is a town of fewer than 100,000 people that is surrounded by villages. It offers an experience of Italy daily life that cities, as major tourist destinations, cannot replicate. Students do have the option of visiting Rome on their own; a high speed train connects Lecce to Italy's capital.
Seeking Approval for the Following:
Anthropology (ANTH) 398: Study Abroad
Graduate credit available upon request
This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Non-students are welcome to apply, with space provided in priority to registered students.
Double or triple occupancy in hotels
Day 1 January 2, 2019 (W)
Arrival at Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport-Housing Check-in. Meet for dinner at Maccheroni
Day 2 January 3, 2019 (TH)
Introductions and Professor presentation followed by Leece Historical Center Orientation Tour Welcome Dinner
Day 3 January 4, 2019 (F)
"Survival Italian/adapting to the local culture"; Morning Lecture by Professor.
Day 4 January 5, 2019 (SA)
Visit to living Nativity
Day 5 January 6, 2019 (SU)
Day 6 January 7, 2019 (M)
Morning: Professor lecture Afternoon: Faggiano Museum followed by Pizzica or "spider bite dance" performance and lesson.
Day 7 January 8, 2019 (T)
Morning: Presentation on History of Salento by Guest Lecturer/Evening: Regional Cuisine Cooking class
Day 8 January 9, 2019 (W)
Day 9 January 10, 2019 (TH)
Morning: Class time Academic excursion to Galatina. Following day Lecture followed by Research activity updates and Map Quiz
Day 10 January 11, 2019 (F)
Morning Lecture by professor. Afternoon: Tour Provincial Museum Sigismondo Castromediano
Day 11 January 12, 2019 (SA)
Academic excursion to Gallipoli followed by tasting visit at Puglian Masseria/Farm
Day 12 January 13, 2019 (SU)
Day 13 January 14, 2019 (M)
Day 14 January 15, 2019 (T)
Guest lecture on Organized Crime in Italy/ Afternoon; Academic excursion to Fire Festival in Novoli
Day 15 January 16, 2019 (W)
Free Day/Farewell Dinner
Day 16 January 17, 2019 (TH)
Departure from Lecce
*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed
Winter 2019: Coming Soon
Tuition (3 credits)
Excursions and entry to museums and varies sites as indicated in the itinerary
International Travel Insurance
Accommodation in double rooms with small kitchen at Residence Lupiae, ideally located next to the Police Station.
A Coupon for morning coffee and a brioche or fruit cup at the coffee bar next door is included for each morning
"On-call 24 hour emergency assistance during the program."
Classroom in a 15th century palazzo
A guided practical orientation to the city conducted by school staff
A two hour introduction to Italian etiquette and basic survival phrases by a language and culture faculty member
Day trip to Galatina including chartered bus, guide, lunch included [Two major churches including one associated with the spider-bite dance
Day trip to Gallipoli and Angevin castle including chartered bus, historical lecture by guide regarding Salentine resistance to Normans and lunch at a Masseria [typical Apulian farmhouse]
Puglian poor cuisine cooking lesson at a private Pugliese home
Visit to private Faggiano Museum [featured in the NYT] followed by olive oil tasting and traditional dance lesson [spider-bite dance]
Transportation and guide to Living Nativity in local village
Transportation and guide to Fire Festival in Novoli, by some estimates the largest bonfire festival in Europe
Two lectures by local faculty, one on Puglian history and the other on organized crime