Kennesaw State has had programs in the wine-growing region of Montepulciano since 1999.

It’s not often that you can eat, drink and be merry and support education in the process, but that’s the opportunity Kennesaw State University is offering on an upcoming trip to Italy.

While students are participating in “Maymester” study abroad programs, alumni and friends of the university will be enjoying the Tuscany Food & Wine Adventure, where they’ll get an inside look at the history and culture of the famous Italian region. The cost is $4,500, and all proceeds will support KSU programs in the wine-producing region of Montepulciano.

Adventurers will use the university’s renovated classrooms in a medieval fortress for presentations on food and wine. The 11-day trip will also include visits to Florence and Rome, with a prix fixe menu and wine tastings already arranged.

The trip will be led by Howard Shealy, a KSU professor emeritus who has traveled and lived in the region over three decades and kickstarted the university’s study-abroad program there in 1999.

“Of all the places I have come to know in decades of traveling in Italy, Montepulciano has an unmatched combination of natural beauty, historical significance, and truly outstanding food and wine,” Dr. Shealy said in a statement. “Its people are warm and welcoming, and anyone with a connection to KSU will feel at home almost instantly. The hotels and restaurants that we have selected there, as well as in Florence and Rome, are the very best I know.”

KSU in Tuscany offers programs in nursing, language and liberal arts, with more planned in the future. More than 1,000 students have benefited from the study-abroad venue so far.

Pre-registration is now closed, but view an itinerary of the trip and more information here.

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