AgEcon Students Spend Spring Break Touring Italy


Twenty-five Purdue College of Agriculture students  and 2 Purdue College of Agriculture faculty spent their 2013 Spring Break touring Italy. The nine-day trip included visits to Parma where the students visited the Parmigiano and Prosciutto Manufacturing, Balsamic Vinegar factory, and Conserva Italia factory.  Before heading to Rome, they enjoyed a walking tour of Florence.  In Rome, they visited the Montepulciano Winery, Rome Colosseum, Rome Forum, Piazza Venezia, Capital Hill, Vatican museums, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Eric Wagner (Junior, Agribusiness Management; Rushville, IN) stated, “"Having the opportunity to study abroad in Italy was amazing! Getting to see all of the history Italy has as well as experience the Italian culture was truly unbelievable. Also, being in Rome during the election of the Pope was a once in a lifetime experience."
Jim Leach (Sophomore, Agricultural Economics ; Salinas, CA) shared, “First of all, the agriculture was so different than what we have here, there were lots of smaller operations that excelled in what they did. For example, the Parmigiano producers received one small truck of milk daily but what they made from that was so impressive and excellent, not to mention expensive! Also to be there when the Pope was selected was absolutely a once in a lifetime opportunity -  Jacob Bohlander, John Nicholson and I were literally 250 yards away from the Pope when he came onto the balcony for the first time. We also saw the Prosciutto factory that supplies the Queen of England and President of the United States, it is cured ham that is very different tasting but excellent. The history of Italy is very rich in tradition and to walk where people have walked for thousands of years was crazy to think about. All in all, it was an awesome trip.”
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 Jim Leach, John Nicholson and Aaron Clark – in front of the Colosseum


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Tyler Pottschmidt, Eric Wagner, Jake Bohlander – in front of the Colosseum