Brianne Berkebile studied abroad in Rome, Italy for four weeks during the summer of 2009 through a study abroad program called GSE Abroad. While abroad, Brianne took classes in the Italian language and learned that there are many similarities between Italian and Spanish. She also was exposed to the incredible architecture dating back to the Roman Empire. During her tours and activities, Brianne was able to see the exact place where Julius Caesar was killed. She was also able to experience the food in which Italy is so famous for. After being introduced in the Italian language, Brianne was able to interact with the natives and become immersed in the culture. Her free time was spent appreciating the culture, from the Tuscan countryside to the hustle and bustle of the city. She learned how important religion is to the Italian people and how their values are shared through the architecture and art of the entire country. She visited Rome, Tivoli, Florence, and Cinque Terre. Each had its own beautiful landscape but differed very much from one place to another. Brianne spent her weekends exploring various tourist attractions such as the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon. Traveling to Italy fulfilled one of Brianne’s life goals of visiting the country of her ancestors.
CEE Title: Italian Art Exhibition and Roundtable Discussion Luncheon