Based out of five-star hotels, 26 Gabelli students became more familiar with the Italian cities of Milan and Venice than most American visitors. Lots of tourists see a glass-blowing demonstration on the famous Venetian island of Murano, but they don't get to follow it with a lecture on import and export. Everyone has access to high-end retail stores in Milan, but not to that city’s office of accounting giant KPMG.
Gabelli students also had the chance to spend time with business students from Milan's Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The group had dinner with them one night and lunch on their campus two days later. Gabelli study tours aim to put Fordham students in touch with their peers in other countries — one of the best paths to cultural exchange.
While in these cities, the Gabelli group did, of course, do the things every tourist wants to do — the things you just don't miss. In Venice, it was a private vaporetto tour of the Grand Canal, an Italian banquet dinner, and guided tours of St. Mark's, the Doge's Palace, the Palazzo Ducale and more. In Milan, it included a private visit to see the painting The Last Supper. The students also went to Lake Como, where a professor gave the students insight about the Italian tourism industry and international regulations and practices.
Click below to see images of students on some of their excursions.