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Italy: Cuore Matto (Crazy Heart /Crazy Love)
Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
Program Cost Spring
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Best Fit Majors: Art History, English, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Women's & Gender Studies, World Languages, Literature, & Linguistics
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led, Spring Break
Credits Earned: 1 Faculty Leader: Nancy Caronia
Program Description:


Italy: Cuore Matto (Crazy Heart /Crazy Love)
florenceIntroduction In this one-credit, faculty-led course, students will travel to Italy during the week of Spring Break to explore the cities of Rome and Florence with additional outings to be announced. The course provides one credit in English and is graded Pass/Fail. No knowledge of Italian is needed, but familiarity with assigned works that bear on theme of the course will be facilitated through lecture, screening, reading, and discussion prior to departure.   
This course combines travel with cultural learning and gives students the opportunity to visit and examine architectural landmarks, paintings, sculptures, and urban parks in Rome and Florence. In examining the works of architects, artists, and writers like Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, and Ovid, Virgil, and Dante,
students will delve into the different kinds of love that have given birth to Rome as the center of the Roman Empire and Florence as the cradle of modern Italian vernacular. Additionally, writers such as Elsa Morante, Natalia Ginzburg, filmmakers such as Fellini, and pop music stars such as Little Tony, who sang “Cuore Matto” at the 1967 Sanremo Festival, reveal a modern Rome and Florence that create a palimpsest of past and present and reveal how a multilayered complexity of passion and ambition has created the global cities they are today.  
Although this course is Pass/Fail, students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the assigned readings and attend the pre- and post-trip sessions in order to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of the trip. 


City: Rome

Country: Italy

Population: 2.627 million

Information: Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Places of Interest:
Trevi Fountain

City: Florence

Country: Italy

Population: 361,679

Information: Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”

Places of Interest:
Florence Cathedral
Uffizi Gallery
Ponte Vecchio


1 credit travel course


Professor Nancy Caronia


Program Cost $ 3,400


WVU Course Credit
Round-Trip Airfare
All transportation and programmatic excursions
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

Billing for the program will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Education Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Semester Tuition and Fees. Students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer HUB at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? No

Useful Links:
How to Apply for a US Passport
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

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