​Alumni Travel

The World of Tuscan Food

October 22–29, 2018

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Some Highlights

  • Travel to Tuscany with Babson College next fall and learn that not only are the traditional dishes defined by the region but the ingredients are locally sourced and seasonal. Discover how Italian food and wine producers today are dedicated to creating fine products that are not only good business, but also rely solely on organic and sustainable agriculture. 
  • Enjoy a combination of group meals with curated menus and independent time on your own in the evening for culinary exploration as you taste your way through Tuscany.
  • Learn about organic farming from a local farmer, followed by a memorable evening dining at Arnolfo, a restaurant whose chef has been awarded two Michelin stars.
  • Indulge in a sparkling glass of Prosecco at the beautiful, medieval Hotel Palazzo San Lorenzo in the heart of Tuscany, and watch as the hotel’s chef creates local pici pasta, made only with flour and water.
  • In Siena, stroll through the unique medieval garden of Orto de’Pecci with a volunteer gardener. Witness firsthand how herbs and vegetables are used in the kitchen and then indulge in a delicious, seasonal lunch.
  • Visit a family-run ice-cream producer and hear stories about how the business has grown from the first store that opened in 1982. Step behind the scenes to witness how gelato is made, and stroll through the medieval heart of Siena with a delicious scoop of home-made gelato.
  • Meet with a small, artisan beer producer in San Quirico d’Orcia to learn about the production process, how he strives for quality over quantity, and the importance of only using natural ingredients sourced from local farmers.
  • Tour an all-woman-run winery near Montalcino, and learn how they are making it in a male-dominated business.
  • In the rolling hills of the Chianti region, learn about the pasta production process from an expert. From the grinding of flour to the making of the pasta dough, you’re sure to be pasta pros at the end of the demonstration!
  • Visit an olive oil estate in the Chianti region and witness how the owners have made innovative changes to the way olives are grown and the way oil is extracted. And, of course, enjoy a tasting after the presentation!
  • Take part in a truffle hunt in San Miniato, watch a demonstration on how to make several truffle dishes, and indulge in a truffle-based lunch that includes taglioni al tartufo.

Cuba’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship

February 2019

Some Highlights

  • Engage in dialogue with members of the National Union of Cuban Jurists (UNJC) and the secretary of the Cuban Society of International Law, Dorys Quintana, where you will learn about her time spent drafting legislation outlining the rights of employees, new entrepreneurial businesses and new foreign investment policies.
  • Interact with members of El Proyecto Paloma, a project dedicated to providing support and empowering victims of domestic abuse and transgender youth through dance, therapy, film, and other art.
  • Visit Finca Yondra, an urban organic farm, to discuss urban farming cooperatives and tour the farm and medicinal gardens.
  • Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Havana, and visit the Felix Varela Cultural Center and a graphic arts workshop to engage with professors and students from the Cuba Emprende Project.
  • Enjoy a performance by the Habana Compas Dance Company at its headquarters and talk with some of the performers after the show.
  • Meet with representatives of EspacioCuba, a real estate agency which was established in 2012 after a law was passed allowing the sale and purchase of properties between Cuban residents.
  • Spend time in the eco-community of Las Terrazas, an estate and nature reserve, a little more than an hour south west of Havana.
  • Experience part of Havana’s nightlife at Fábrica de Arte Cubano, a warehouse turned gallery and performance venue.
  • Visit one of Havana’s tobacco factories for a tour, and meet with cigar experts and rollers to discuss the economic importance that tobacco has played in Cuban history.