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  • Locations: Siena, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Angelina Palumbo Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: Italian Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Modern Languages (Italian)
Program Description:


Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Led by Kevin Massoletti -

July 1 - July 31, 2021 (tentative dates)
Open to students who have completed ITA 202.





Over the course of a month in the picture-perfect hill town of Siena, students will have the unique experience of learning how to both speak Italian and cook home-style Italian food.  Students will engage in intermediate Italian language instruction with NAU faculty Kevin Massoletti and a local university, Universita per Stranieri di Siena for five days a week (Monday-Friday).  The afternoons will then be dedicated to the culinary aspect of the program.  Two days a week students will meet at the well-known and much-beloved Trattoria Fonte Giusta restaurant, located in the medieval streets of Siena, for two to three hours of hands-on cooking with the restaurant’s chef and owner, Pino.  The students will have the “obligation” of eating the Italian restaurant quality food that they produce after each class.
Throughout the duration of the program students will learn to have practical conversations in Italian through interactions with the chef and his staff and their daily routines that will reinforce the concepts and materials discussed in the classroom.  Students will learn to prepare upwards of 50 Italian dishes including the classically Italian pastas, pizza, gelato, focaccia, lasagna and more regionally specific dishes such as: pici alla cinta senese (Tuscan pasta in Sienese Boar Sauce), cantucci (a regional cookie), panzanella (a regional bread salad), and many, many more.

This program will coincide with the famous horse race, Palio.  Which is a bucket-list item for many!  It is a truly unforgettable experience. Also included in the program will be a few excursions to different towns in Tuscany: Montalcino, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, and Pienza. 




Students will receive one year's worth of Italian language by completing a total of eight credit hours.  These will come back as one of the following options:

Upper Division Italian (300 or 400 level that will help fulfill the minor requirements)

Note: 3 credits will post as NAU direct (graded) credit 


Program Director: Kevin Massoletti


Kevin Massoletti, the NAU lecturer of Italian, will host on-site cultural activities and excursions around Tuscany. He will also be facilitating in the kitchen in addition to leading discussions on the menu and history of the dishes. The on-site chef, Pino, is a restaurant owner and has offered culinary classes privately and in a small local culinary institute.  Given his linguistic limitations in English (he speaks Italian), the students will benefit from 100% exposure, however, there will always be an English/Italian speaker on site.




Students will partake in many activities that will foster and deepen their linguistic and cultural knowledge of Italy and the Italian language. On a daily basis they will be interacting with Pino and his staff, all Italian-speaking individuals. In addition, we will be visiting a family-owned farm and olive press and going to a historic winery to learn about the history and production of Tuscan wines. Through our travels students will have many opportunities to meet and interact with local merchants and shop owners.

During pre-departure meetings and on a daily basis upon arrival, students will develop the linguistic necessities to not only survive but truly interact with the people of Tuscany.


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Good Academic Standing
  • Must be at least 18 years old




Exact excursion dates and other activities are TBD. 



The living arrangements for the students is being organized by a property management group in Siena, Italy: CarpeDiem. Students will be living in double rooms with other students on the program.  Each home will be furnished and have a washing machine and functional kitchen. All of the utilities will be included. Upon moving in, students will provide a security deposit of 100 Euro which will be returned if no damages have occurred.


To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once you submit an application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100, so be sure at the time of application that you intend to go! Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application.    

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Program Reviews:
Rosa Natalie Batista, Summer 2016 Participant
Immersing myself in the Italian language, culture, and cuisine for a month was super worthwhile and fun--I wasn't ready (or wanting) to leave Siena once the program was over. Hands down one of my favorite life experiences thus far!

Shannon Wetzel, Summer 2016 Participant
The program was incredible! I really enjoyed all the excursions that we went on. I think they were well related to the things we were learning along with being interesting and things I would have actually wanted to do had I just been traveling on my own. I'm extremely glad for having gone on this study abroad program. I think it was a really good experience for my future in restaurants and hospitality.

Anthony Joesph Danza, Summer 2017 Participant
Perfect program if you desire a slice if Italy. Siena is a beautiful city that has lovely classical renaissance style with amazing vistas throughout. Everyone is kind and friendly, especially at the restaurant. The cooking itself is fun and exciting while also practical if a person would like to continue at home. The little trips around Tuscany were always interesting and exciting while providing something new each time. Also, the deal on food is fantastic. The cooking means many meals are already built into the program cost. This allows for true eating like and Italian 5 days a week. Overall, an amazing experience that I highly recommend.

Dates / Deadlines:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.