Academics come first at Umbra, but we recognize that great Italian experiences reinforce that learning. This weekend fifteen Umbra students did something few Americans have ever done: slipping into hot springs, water heated naturally by underground geological activity. The group left Perugia with staff member Zach Nowak, stopping first at the little Umbrian borgo (walled town) of Castiglione del Lago, which sits on a promontory over Lago di Trasimeno. The restaurant, “La Cantina”, was formerly an olive oil mill, and had the presses and barrels to prove it. After an “antipasto misto” of cheese and Umbrian salami, the students had “picci all’aglione,” a hearty, garlic-laced pasta dish with handmade pasta. After a fruit dessert, the students reboarded the bus and continued on to the hot springs of San Casciano dei Bagni, out in the middle of a field in the Tuscan hills under the towers of the medieval city. The delighted students soaked in the hot sulphur springs under the stars until midnight, when they got back on the bus and return to Perugia.