Tuscan Food & Wine Adventure


Kennesaw State University is inviting alumni, friends of the University, and all connoisseurs of fine wine and food to experience the sensory delights of Italy's Tuscan region. While you're traveling, you'll also be helping support international education opportunities for Kennesaw State students. Only a limited number of travelers can take advantage of this adventure, so act fast! 

Support International Education

KSU Students in Italy 

The mission of the Division of Global Affairs is to support international education opportunities for KSU students. That is why we require a minimum $500 donation to support student education abroad for every registration for the Tuscan Food & Wine Adventure. These built-in donations will directly subsidize international education programs for KSU students.

Experience Montepulciano

Food and Wine Adventure

In May 2018, Kennesaw State University will host a 13-day excursion to Italy (May 26 - June 7), starting in Montepulciano, a beautiful hilltown in the heart of Tuscany. This Tuscan Food and Wine Adventure will feature visits to some of the finest restaurants and wineries in the region.

The town of Montepulciano is world famous for its walkability (cars are not allowed inside the city walls), Renaissance history, and wine. Montepulciano's Vino Nobile is one of the most prized red wines produced in Tuscany. Architecturally, the city is simply amazing. Many buildings in Montepulciano were designed by Renaissance architect Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, including the captivating church of San Biagio.

Food and Wine Adventure

Guests participating in the Tuscan Food and Wine Adventure will have the opportunity to explore Kennesaw State's first permanent international education facility, which is housed in the newly-renovated Antica Fortezza Poliziana, a striking medieval fortress at the very highest point of the hilltown. Guests will be able to take full advantage of these amenities as they attend special presentations by area food and wine experts.

In addition to Montepulciano, participants will also travel to Florence and Rome, with deluxe accommodations and culinary adventures pre-arranged in each city.

World-Class Food and Drink

Food and Wine Adventure

While the beautiful Tuscan scenery is the perfect backdrop for this unique experience, the real stars of the show are the restaurants and wineries guests will visit. In each city, travelers will be treated to prix fixe meals at a variety of amazing restaurants, and will visit several wineries, wine bars, and wine cellars. Guests will also visit Cugusi, the most famous producer of pecorino di Montepulciano, where they will attend a special cheese-tasting event.

What makes the Tuscany Food and Wine Adventure so remarkable is that not only do participants have the opportunity to taste outstanding food and wine, but they will also learn the inside story behind their production. Guests will speak directly with local wine producers about the unique qualities of their products, and will enjoy cooking lessons at Le Logge del Vignola, one of Tuscany's most prominent restaurants.

KSU's Italian Expertise

Food and Wine Adventure

The trip will be led by KSU Professor Emeritus Howard Shealy, who has traveled and lived in Italy for more than 30 years. Dr. Shealy helped found KSU’s study abroad program in Montepulciano in 1999, and he has extensive knowledge of Italian history and culture as well as of outstanding local restaurants and wine producers. Kennesaw State University is only able to offer this amazing experience thanks to the long-standing relationship with Montepulciano that Dr. Shealy helped cultivate.

KSU's Tuscan Food and Wine Adventure is administered by the University's Division of Global Affairs. All net proceeds from the program will be used to support education abroad opportunities in Montepulciano for Kennesaw State students.

Helping support international education never tasted so good!

Trip Itinerary

  • Date
  • May 26th
    • Fly from Atlanta to Rome
  • May 27th
    • Private bus to Montepulciano
    • Check in at Spa Etruria
    • Consorzio del Vino Nobile tasting
    • Introductory walk through Montepulciano
    • Dinner at Le Logge Vignola
  • May 28th
    • Cooking Lessons
    • Visit KSU’s campus in Fortezza
    • Wine tasting at Cantina Crociani
    • Dinner at La Chiusa
  • May 29th
    • Wine tasting at Castelgiocondo in Montalcino
    • Free time for shopping, the spa, etc.
    • Dinner at Lucevan le Stelle
  • May 30th
    • Cooking Lessons
    • Visit KSU’s campus in Fortezza
    • Free time
    • Optional gelato tasting
    • Dinner at il Chiostro in Pienza
  • May 31st
    • Visit Siena: see cathedral, city hall, and eat panforte!
    • Wine-tasting Cantina de’ Ricci
    • Dinner on your own in Montepulciano
  • June 1st
    • Cheese tasting and tour at Cugusi
    • Wine tasting and tour at Dei
    • Dinner at La Grotta
  • June 2nd
    • Depart Montepulciano for Florence
    • Wine tasting and tour at Castello di Nipozzano
    • Check in at Hotel degli Orafi in Florence
    • Florence orientation
    • Dinner at Frescobaldi Wine Bar
  • June 3rd
    • Guided tour of Uffizi Museum
    • Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David 
    • Shopping
    • Dinner at Trattoria Omero
  • June 4th
    • Visit Duomo, Opera del Duomo, Baptistry, and San Lorenzo
    • Shopping
    • Dinner on your own
  • June 5th
    • Depart for Rome
    • Check in at Hotel Marcella in Rome
    • Dinner at rooftop restaurant of Hotel Eden
  • June 6th
    • Visit Ara Pacis, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum
    • Dinner at Ristorante Vincenzo
  • June 7th
    • Return to Atlanta

Reserve Your Place Today

If you are a fan of delicious food, amazing wine, and beautiful Italian scenery and architecture, then the Tuscan Food and Wine Adventure is the opportunity for you. The experience is scheduled from May 26th to June 7th, 2018. Secure your place on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

The cost to participate in the Tuscan Food & Wine Adventure is $4,750 per person, which includes $4,250 to cover the fair market value of the trip's lodging, pre-fixe meals, and all local transportation. This price also includes a tax deductible $500 donation to support international education at Kennesaw State.

Note: This price is based on double occupancy. Single travelers are required to pay a supplement.

Interested travelers must pay a $500 deposit before Thursday, February 1st, 2018 to reserve their spot on the experience. Final payments are due by Thursday, March 1st, 2018.

Click Here to Reserve Your Place or Pay Your Remaining Balance

Act fast, space is limited!

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the KSU Tuscan Food and Wine Adventure, contact Howard Shealy at hshealy@kennesaw.edu or 770-364-9270.