• Business Culture in Italy


Thank you so much for all your effort in arranging the logistics for our study abroad trip in Italy. The site visits showing excellence and innovation in the Italian business were as interesting as they were educational.

Tracey Taylor, MBA Student, UAB Collat School of Business

  • Academic Field(s)

    Business and Economics

  • Destinations

    Milan, Florence, and Rome

  • Duration

    11 days

  • Accommodation

    guest house in Milan, hostel in Florence and 3-star hotel in Rome

Step out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in Italian centers of business, culture, cuisine, and architecture as you enhance your understanding of the business world in Milan, Florence, and Rome. Italy is a modern, industrialized country with a strong regional identity, where business strategy is often focused on luxury and tradition.

  • DAY 1

    • Overnight flight to Milan, Italy (group flight can be booked separately)
  • DAY 2-3: MILAN

    Stay 2 nights at a guest house in Milan

    • Arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
    • Check-in at the guest house and orientation session by your CEPA On-Site Coordinator
    • Guided walking tour of Milan, during which you will see, among others, the mall Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Piazza del Duomo, and the Piazza della Borsa
    • Welcome dinner at an Italian restaurant
    • Visit the Campari Galerie and learn about Campari, an alcoholic liqueur, which is often used in cocktails
    • Visit an Italian bank to learn more about the Italian economy

    Stay 3 nights at a hostel in Florence

    • Train tickets from Milan to Florence
    • Check-in at the hostel and orientation session by your CEPA On-Site Coordinator
    • Guided walking tour of Florence, during which you will see, among others, the Duomo, one of Italy’s largest churches, as well as the adjacent baptistery, the Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, and more
    • Group dinner at an Italian restaurant
    • Visit the Mokaflor Espresso Academy coffee school, a family-owned company producing coffee in Florence since the 1950s
    • Admission to the Duomo of Florence, whose three buildings are a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Corporate business visit to a niche manufacturer of extraordinary writing and time instruments
    • Corporate business visit to an open source software company, specialized in the development of web-based applications using open source technology
  • DAY 7-11: ROME

    Stay 4 nights at a 3-star hotel in Rome

    • Train tickets from Florence to Rome
    • Check-in at the hotel and orientation session by your CEPA On-Site Coordinator
    • Guided walking tour of Rome, during which you can admire the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish steps, and many other highlights of the “Eternal City”
    • Admission to the Coliseum, an elliptical amphitheater, which was the first permanent amphitheater to be built in Rome, as well as the Palatine and Roman Forum
    • Free afternoon in Rome
    • Visit the Banca d’Italia, the central bank of Italy, which is also part of the European System of Central Banks
    • Corporate business visit to a leather manufacturing company
    • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, which are housed in the richly decorated galleries and apartments of the Vatican Palace
    • Free afternoon in Rome to wrap up the program
    • Farewell dinner at an Italian restaurant
    • Departure from Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
  • What’s included in this sample itinerary:

    Academic and professional excursions with special presentations • cultural excursions and field trips with local, bilingual guides • entrance fees and reservations • accommodation in a guest house (triple rooms for students, single room for the faculty), hostel (multi-bedded rooms for students, single room for the faculty), and 3-star hotel (twin rooms for students; single room for the faculty) • daily breakfast • welcome and farewell dinner • 1 additional group dinner • local transportation by private bus as needed • train tickets • public transportation passes in Milan and Rome • on-site coordinator during excursions • orientation sessions • time to study, instruct, and explore

  • Program fee starting at € 1,820 per participant based on a group size of 15
  • All program fees are calculated to include participation of one accompanying faculty or group leader.
  • Prices are based on a minimum number of 15 or 20 paying participants.
  • The actual quote for a tailored program will vary depending on different factors, for example: the actual program dates, the final participant number, the duration of the program, the visits and excursions included, as well as varying exchange rates

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