Alumni Travel

Parmigiano Cheese, Cathedral, and Ferrari

Ferrari, Fellini, and Food

Fast machines, fabulous film, and fine food

May 6-15, 2018 | Emilia-Romagna Region: Bologna, Dozza, Rimini, and Milan

Experience the food and culture of Italy with an MU program designed for alumni and friends!  Before we depart, the trip package includes an on-campus lecture on the culture and history of the region, a Fellini film showing, and a dinner featuring foods of the area we will be touring.


Enjoy a guided tour of the gastronomic capital of Italy and one of the best-preserved medieval centers in Europe. Visit the Ducatti Museum, take an excursion to Modena, and tour a dairy that produces the local Parmigiano cheese. Enjoy samples from a pasta factory, and go through the Ferrari Museum. See the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ferrara, the Castello Estense, and a Romanesque cathedral.


First, stop in the Republic of San Marino, then go on to the seaside resort at Rimini, the home of Italian film director Federico Fellini. Tour the historic old town that dates to Roman times and spend an afternoon enjoying the extensive beach area, which includes the Grand Hotel Rimini featured in many Fellini films.

Dozza Area

In the Emilia-Romagna region, visit this area to view the Fortress of Dozza and taste some wine at the local Enoteca Regionale.


See the Duomo cathedral, shop in the Galleria, and tour the opera house La Scala. Wrap up your journey with a farewell dinner.

More Information

Download the trip brochure with complete itinerary.

The trip package will include twin accommodations, round-trip air transportation, eight breakfasts, four dinners, and activities and transportation fee. Registration deposits are due by Sept. 11, 2017. Travelers should bring comfortable walking shoes. This tour requires average physical activity. Travelers should be in good health, able to climb stairs, and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.

For more information, contact the Alumni Office at 910.630.7200 or


Click here to download the registration form.  Please return to the address on the form with a $250 registration deposit payable to Methodist University by September 11, 2017.


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