Upcoming Trips

The CDC and U.S. State Department are restricting travel to and from parts of the world with widespread transmission and recommending avoiding travel to other areas. The college has suspended travel by students, faculty, and staff to locations that have Level 2 and Level 3 alerts from the CDC—presently China, Italy, Iran, Japan, and South Korea—until further notice.

Spring and summer study abroad programs have been canceled due to the CDC travel advisories. Participants in the Expedition Italy: Adventure and Ancient Medicine study abroad program scheduled for May 2020 and the Hannam University summer exchange program in South Korea should contact the Office of Experiential Learning and International Education at weatherfordj@lmc.edu or 828.898.2518.

Italy Expedition

Expedition Italy: Adventure and Ancient Medicine

Join the Outdoor Recreation Management, Biology, and Health and Wellness Science programs for an Italian Expedition. Trek, sea kayak, and explore Northern Italy through Tuscany, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre down to Venice.

This Spring 2020 interdisciplinary course will explore many aspects of the Italian culture and ancient medicine. The course focuses on international travel, medical/wellness, and experiential education culminating in a two-week travel experience in May 2020.


    Expedition Information

    Length: Weekly class meeting in Spring 2020 and a 14–16 day expedition in May 2020 (following graduation). 

    Recommended for: Outdoor Recreation Management, Health and Wellness Science, and Biology majors and minors. Additionally, students looking for core credits can take this course for LHF, BIO credits or CLA 399.

    Kelly Collins, Biology
    Katie Wall, Outdoor Recreation Management
    Sally Wimberley, Health and Wellness Science

    Cost:  Approximately $4,000. Final price is dependent on student enrollment.
    Includes: Flight, ground transportation, lodging, majority of meals, entry fees, and outfitter fees (biking, hiking, sea kayaking, and climbing). 

    Appennine Mountains, Casentino National Park
    Alpi Apuane Mountains, Tuscany
    Cinque Terre National Park (villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola & Riomaggiore)

    Prerequisites: None

    Course Credits Received: Six total credits: three outdoor recreation management (skills fundamentals) or lifetime health and wellness credits and EITHER three health and wellness science, three biology (BIO 288) or three core liberal arts credits (CLA 399).

    Registration: Register here


    Sample Itinerary

    This itinerary is subject to change.

    • Day 1: Fly out of Charlotte and into Florence. Guided walk around Florence taking in some of the city’s essential sights and ending at the venue of a special ‘Welcome to Italy’ dinner.
    • Day 2: An introduction to Italian language and culture followed by a day of visits on the theme of Ancient Medicine to places including: The Museum of Natural History and L’Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella (pharmaceutical laboratory). Dinner at a trattoria in Florence’s historic city center. Stay at Sanctuary B&B Firenze.
    • Day 3: Drive to the Appennine mountains and hike with specialist environmental guide along the crest of Italy’s main divide through Casentino National Park arriving at the remote monastery and pharmacy of Camaldoli. Stay overnight in the ancient foresteria, a traditional guest-house built for passing pilgrims and other monastery visitors.
    • Day 4-7: ORM splits from BIO/HWS.

      4-day hike in the Alpi Apuane mountains of Tuscany, a little-known region of high peaks, alpine pastures, lush forests, isolated villages and quiet trails. Environmental-guide and cultural-historian will accompany the hike and speak on the traditional lifestyles of the inhabitants of this mountain range. All nights will be spent at mountain refugios.

      Day 4: Drive to Siena, one of Italy’s most beautiful small towns, and home to one of Europe's first hospitals, Santa Maria della Scala for a guided tour of vast and ancient maze of corridors and tunnels connecting rooms, courtyards, chapels, wash-houses, storerooms, surgeries, kitchens and more.
      Day 5: Italian language and culture lesson in Volterra, a hilltop Tuscan town and an afternoon with a local historian on a guided walking tour. The evening is free for dinner and practicing your new-found Italian language skills in the process of ordering their dinner. Staying in the Volterra Youth Hostel.
      Day 6: Drive to Pisa visiting the Botanical Gardens at the University of Pisa with a focus on the Garden of Medicinal Herbs. Next stop is the Museum of Human Anatomy, then lunch in Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli, the Square of Miracles, home to a magnificent cathedral and the world’s most famous leaning tower. Drive to the Alpi Apuane mountains of north Tuscany and the small village of Pruno for a waterfall before dinner. 
      Day 7: A full day’s hike in the Alpi Apuane mountains to meet up with the ORM students.

    • Day 8: The whole group will drive to to La Spezia, gateway to Cinque Terre National Park. We’ll catch a train to Monterosso and spend the day hiking a trail linking the famous five Cinque Terre villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. From Riomaggiore we’ll travel by ferry to our accommodation in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Portovenere, staying in the Portovenere Hostel.
    • Day 9: Guided sea-kayaking and snorkeling then staying in the Portovenere Hostel.
    • Day 10: Drive to Ferrara, another UNESCO World Heritage site known as one of the Europe’s most bike- friendly cities, so we’ll join the locals and enjoy a bike ride from Ferrara to the village of Ro. This ride takes us from the castle in the center of Ferrara out through the countryside and along the banks of the mighty Po River. There will be two groups allowing participants to choose a beginner or intermediate biking experience. Stay in Ostello di Ferrara hostel.
    • Day 11: Drive to Padova where ORM will spend the day rock climbing and BIO/HWS will visit the Anatomical Theatre at the University of Padova and the Museum of the History of Medicine. In the evening, we’ll travel to Venice and travel by ferry to Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) for the short walk to our accommodation, Foresteria Valdese (guest-house).
    • Day 12: In the morning we’ll travel by ferry to two islands on Venice’s lagoon to visit San Servolo is the site of a former psychiatric hospital, now home to Il Museo del Manicomio, titled in English the ‘Insane Asylum Museum–Madness Locked Away. Lazaretto Nuovo was once used as a quarantine island for people suspected of suffering from infectious diseases. The afternoon is free for a self-guided wander around Venice. In the early evening we’ll gather for an end-of-program debrief and a special end-of-program meal. Stay at Foresteria Valdese guest house.

Coming Soon!

Expedition Norway/Iceland
Business and Outdoor Recreation Management  |  December 2020

Expedition into the Wild
English, History, and Outdoor Recreation Management  |  May 2022

Expedition Cuba
Business, Ecotourism, and Outdoor Recreation Management  |  January 2023

For more details, contact ORM Program Coordinator, Katie Wall.