Cafés have spilled out onto the cobblestone streets, serving classic Italian iced coffee under stretching umbrellas; the central piazza’s steps ebb and flow with waves of people soaking in the sun; and Umbra staff members and professors are preparing for this year’s summer sessions.
Tuesday, Vanderbilt students will land in Rome, kicking off the short but full semester. Students enrolled in general studies, intensive Italian, and through their home universities will soon follow suit. Over the next two weeks, check your email for the Umbra handbook, which will answer questions you may have about what to pack or what to anticipate as you prepare for your stay in Italy.
Upon your arrival, expect a warm welcome at the airport, followed by a bus ride through Italian countryside and a dinner that will make you forget your jetlag. The next day, Umbra staff members will conduct a comprehensive orientation session detailing your stay in Perugia, an Umbrian city rich with culture, history, and adventure. Get excited for summer weeks packed with gelato nights, day trips to Umbrian and Tuscan villages, wine tastings, aperitivi (Italy’s much-improved version of happy hour), pizza workshops, historical walking tours, and more.