Regions of Italy

Students participating in both programs get to experience two unique areas of Italy. We'll travel together via train to get from Urbino to Udine.

Much like the United States is divided into states, Italy is divided into administrative divisions known as regions. There are 20 regions in Italy from Sicily in the south to Trentino-Alto Adige in the north. Each has its own distinct character, food, wine, terrain, and in many cases, a different dialect of the Italian language.

By participating in both the programs in Urbino and Udine, you’ll get to experience two distinct areas of Italy. Urbino, in the Marche Region, is a small hill town with an historic palace and medieval wall. Udine, in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region is a larger town or small city. Though relatively flatter terrain, Udine has the famous Alps mountain range nearby and the town is a busy commercial center. There is a strong biking culture and locals utilize their bikes as primary transportation and to perform their daily errands.

Le Marche Region (Urbino)

Urbino is located in the Le Marche Region, one of the 20 Regions of Italy. It is located in the central area of the country, bordering Emilia-Romagna (the culinary capital of Italy) and the republic of San Marino to the north, Tuscany to the north-west, Umbria to the west, Abruzzo and Lazio to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Except for river valleys and the often very narrow coastal strip, the land is hilly.

The Adriatic beaches at Riccione, Rimini, Pesaro and Fano are 20 – 30 miles away. Le Marche can boast one of the highest number of Blue Flag beaches of any region in Italy. The prestigious Blue Flag is awarded  by the Foundation for Environmental Education to environmentally well-kept beaches across Europe. The important “eco-label” is given to sites that meet strict criteria including water quality, environmental management, safety and other services.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region (Udine)

This region is situated in Italy’s northeast and borders Slovenia and Austria. Friuli-Venezia Giulia overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is surrounded by high mountains, enclosing many different landscapes. The impressive Carso plateau is formed by windswept rocks, and soil erosion has created a series of caves, hollows and resurgences over time. The popular Adriatic beaches at Lignano Sabbiadoro are nearby.

The mountain sceneries of the Eastern Dolomites are truly spectacular: the Carnia and the Julian Alps, in addition to the lakes, valleys and protected areas. From its boundary with Veneto up to Monfalcone, the coast is trimmed with lagoons and has long sandy beaches, with several tourist resorts like famous Lignano Sabbiadoro. The coast is rocky from Monfalcone to Trieste.

The region has fine art cities and cultural centers, medieval castles and Venetian villas, museums of the Great War, fine seaside resorts as Tarvisio, Grado and Lignano Sabbiadoro, everywhere a rich gastronomy, exquisite wines and a myriad of attractions.