Italia - Grand Tour Redux 2019

FIU Takes on Italia

Over the month of May, I explored Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and Venice thanks to a scholarship from the FIU Honors College. The program, called Italy: Grand Tour Redux reconstructs the traditional Grand Tour, which was originally traveled by rich, white, male protestants. A group of 18 students, the majority being hispanic females, explore and examine Italian culture, dating back to the Roman empire, and analyze how it affects our contemporary culture.

Throughout the month I had the opportunity to film and photograph the program’s lectures and activities, and I also captured the comments of some program participants, Professor Bailly, and myself.

I also feel that students can take this month abroad to reflect upon themselves and grow as a student and as a human being. Not only did the trip open my eyes and mind to these ancient and distant cultures and histories, it also broadened my horizons as a millennial Hispanic who lives in the United States. There is a whole world out there, and I had the chance to explore a tiny bit of it this past month. Now I got bit by the travel bug and I can’t wait to see where it takes me next.

Enjoy the video recap below.

I will also link my recaps for each city I visited here, as I post them.

All of this content was captured by me unless otherwise stated, it can be reposted as long as receives credit.

Program Images

All images taken and edited by me. Pictures can be reposted alongside credit to @aLilykat and