Volcanic eruptions had made the weather here in Perugia spotty but the Umbrian sun smiled on the new crowd of Umbra Institute students, whohad their Orientation yesterday in the main room of Perugia’s beautiful fourteenth century town hall. Most of the session was dedicated to introductions of the staff, each of whom explained their role in the Umbra team and gave advice and special instructions for all students.
The last part of the Orientation meeting, however, was dedicated to a special lecture on being safe in Italy. State police inspector Michele Canneschi gave an amusing but very to-the-point speech, one that no student will soon forget. The Orientation was followed by a second open house and the Italian placement tests, and today classes begin. Welcome, studenti dell’Umbra Institute, and all the best for this summer session’s adventure!