Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Fall Festival of Italian Food and Wine

Spend an entire semester exploring and tasting the unique and vast cuisines of Italy!

This fall the John Felice Rome Center introduces its first ever Fall Festival of Italian Food and Wine. The semester celebrates the harvest season in Italy and will give students front-row seats to some of the best cuisine in the country.


The Fall Festival of Italian Food and Wine offers-

  • THREE-day, on-site orientation focused on Umbrian cuisine (included in program cost)
  • ONE culinary and grape harvesting trip to Orvieto to cook with renowned Chef Lorenzo Polegri
  • ONE culinary trip to Cusano Mutri for La Sagra dei Funghi
  • Study trip in Tuscany highlighting the best of Italian cuisine and wine
  • Cooking classes and demonstrations throughout the semester


Chef Lorenzo and cooking

Chef Lorenzo and JFRC students during a cooking class.


  • Journey to stunning Orvieto to learn how to shop local markets for the best food and wine, prepare a meal, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. The fall 2014 semester will offer an overnight trip to Orvieto to cook with “The Etruscan Chef,” Lorenzo Polegri. Chef Lorenzo has cooked for celebrities, dignitaries, and even in the White House for President Obama and his family. Students will also visit Chef Lorenzo’s vineyard and harvest grapes to bring to the winery for maceration.
  • Two cooking demonstrations highlighting Roman specialties.
  • Study trip in Tuscany to taste wine, olive oil, and Italian cuisine in the hills of Tuscany. Students pick olives, learn how they're pressed into olive oil, and sample the treasures of the Italian countryside.
  • Study trip to Cusano Mutri, a quaint mountain town in Campania, so remote that most Italians have never been there. Participate in the annual porcini mushroom festival, and celebrate with the townspeople their local foods, wines and religious and folkloric customs.
  • Work in the JFRC’s on-campus organic garden and olive grove.
  • Regional meals in Mensa, tours of Parco Massimi, and neighborhood group dinners will also be offered throughout the semester.


Group Olive shot 

Students harvesting olives from the JFRC on-campus olive grove.


Students may sign up separately for excursions, study trips and cooking classes upon arrival in Rome.

For more pictures and additional information, and please see our Fall festival flyer.

The fall 2014 applications is open, apply now!