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Harvesting Wine Grapes and Olives: My Immersion into the Italian Culture

by Umbra Rep Timothy Ringie, University of Massachusetts Amherst When I began planning out my study abroad experience over a year ago, the thing that captivated me the most was the idea of immersing myself in a new culture to...

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Umbra Institute Assumes Management of Urban Garden

Starting in September 2021, the Umbra Institute assumed management of the urban garden known as “Orto Sole” (pronounced “orto-soul-ay”) to develop it as a living laboratory for the Institute’s Food, Sustainability and Environment program. Until recently, Orto Sole was a...

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Grocery Shopping in Perugia

By Lexi DeMarinis, University of Richmond When you first arrive in Perugia, Italy for your semester abroad you will most likely spend the first week trying every pizzeria, pasta dish, and torta al testo in town. Then, you will realize...

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10 Things to Do in Your Free Time in Perugia

by Umbra Rep Lauren Pawlowski, University of Connecticut Part of adjusting to life in a new country while studying abroad is figuring out ways to make this place feel like home. Exploring the city and surrounding areas is exciting, but...

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Food, Sustainability, & Environment Students Visit Italian Gastronomic Heartland

Last weekend, students in Umbra’s program for Food, Sustainability, & Environment (FSE) went to Parma and Modena for what is one of the most significant field trips of their study abroad experience. Accompanied by the three co-instructors of the FSE...

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Italy: An Example for the World

16 September 2021 - Washington, DC During a visit to the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC on Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that, "Italy has become an example to the world". Fauci went on to compliment and promote Italy for...

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