Project Description

Trip Dates: JUNE 7-12, 2020


If you are passionate about integrative health and also love a pampering vacation, the Study Abroad: Italy tour is the perfect fit. This 6 day / 5 night educational experience takes you across the beautiful Italian countryside through some of the oldest medical sites in the world, winding down each night with delectable meals and local wines that can only be found in Northern Italy. The trip is led by Dr. Jessie Hawkins and FSIHS faculty; you will also enjoy the expertise of Professor Marco Valussi during the first half the of the trip.

Who Should Attend?

This week-long educational trip of a lifetime is ideal for current students, aspiring students, and integrative health professionals. You DO NOT have to be an FSIHS student or graduate to attend. All natural health enthusiasts are welcome to join us on this educational adventure.

Certificates Earned

Not only does this Study Abroad trip provide you with memories that last a lifetime, you will earn a continuing education certificate to celebrate your accomplishment. The Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences is proud to be fully authorized to grant college certificates and degrees by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This commission oversees college education and ensures that diplomas and certificates issued by the FSIHS are recognized as legitimate college credentials nationwide.

Registration Includes

  • 5 nights of upscale accommodations (shared rooms)
  • All scheduled activities, tours, and workshops
  • Travel within Italy from the starting point in Venice to the farewell point in Florence
  • Meals for all 6 days (gluten free and vegetarian options available upon request)
  • Tips and gratuities for meals and all scheduled activities
  • 4 hour-long preparation meetings with pointers and recommendations for everything from packing to preventing jet lag

The trip includes all meals and accommodations during the 6 day / 5 night experience. Meals reflect all of the luxury Italy has to offer, and both vegetarian and gluten-free dietary requirements can be accommodated. Meals include a light breakfast, a moderate sized traditional Italian lunch, and a full dinner which includes a glass of wine. All travel throughout Italy is also included in the cost, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the views knowing that everything is covered!

**Single occupancy is available for a $400 surcharge, which is billed after registration. You are given the option to upgrade to single occupancy after registration.**

Registration Does Not Include:

Registration does not include your airfare to and from Italy. (Educational preparation meetings prior to the trip include pointers and insights for purchasing your tickets at the best price and navigating the flight options to Italy.) Registration does not include any personal expenses you may incur, such as souvenirs, extra snacks, or activities during your free time. We recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect yourself should an emergency arise.


During this 6-day trip, you will explore one of the oldest botanical medicinal gardens in the world, tour a stunning vineyard, and enjoy educational experiences rooted in the unsurpassed culinary experiences of the region. Each step of the way, you’ll enjoy one-on-one time with FSIHS founder Dr Jessie Hawkins, and hands-on assistance from FSIHS instructors throughout the trip. 


Our tour begins at 1pm local time at the Venice airport (Marco Polo / VCE). After a brief meet and greet, you’ll be transported to the islands of Venice on a luxurious and private speedboat with plush leather seats and mahogany finishings. The first day is focused on helping you slowly immerse yourself into the luxuries of Italian charm with an open air educational session before heading outside of the city to Padua to settle in for the night.


After some morning coffee and snacks, you will be whisked through the Italian countryside to the town of Cavalese to meet Professor Marco Valussi. You’ll enjoy a tour of an artisan distillery, complete with a private class on essential oil distillation, theory, and practice.

Day 3: PADUA

Next we transition to an emphasis on the deep history of botanical medicine in Italy, focusing on herbalism. Your day begins with a tour of the botanical gardens in Padua, which were originally established in 1545. You will then enjoy additional historic tours and workshops in this charming town before a relaxing dinner.


Day 4 begins with a train ride through the Tuscan countryside into Florence, arriving just in time for a traditional Italian lunch. After settling into your new space, you’ll enjoy a walking tour of key historic sites and a workshop on the benefits of traditional nutritional practices.


Olives and grapes, perhaps the most recognized products of Italy, are the emphasis for this day. You will enjoy a trip to a local vineyard, a wine tasting, and workshops on the interactions between microbes and human health. The day concludes with a large farewell dinner and some free time to explore the city after hours. You won’t want to miss the breathtaking views of the Duomo lit up at night.


The final day of the trip focuses on the food of Tuscany with a private cooking class and a tasting tour through the city of Florence. The day concludes at 4pm with final goodbyes. You can take a quick train back to Venice to depart from the Marco Polo airport or continue your travels south towards Rome on your own.

Register on or before February 29th to avoid $350 Late Registration Fee!


Register on or before February 29th to avoid $350 Late Registration Fee!


More Information

June 7-12, 2020

Venice • Padua • Florence

$3,350 (double occupancy)
$400 optional single occupancy surcharge (invoiced separately)

January 15, 2020

Pay in your choice of 1, 2, or 4 monthly installments