The DePauw University Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams toured Italy – Rome, Perugia and Florence - from the 5th to 20th of January, 2017. In Rome the program included sightseeing in the city of Rome, including the Coliseum, Vatican, and much more. Both teams played matches against 2 local Italian teams, Res Roma U21, and SD Polisportiva Borghesiana. On their last day in Rome the group visited a Serie A pro game between Lazio Roma and Crotone.
In Perugia the program included visits to the national museum of Umbrian Archaeology and other sights in Perugia, a visit to the National Gallery of Umbria, Museo Capitolare as well as a day trip to the medieval city of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. While in Perugia both teams each played a game against Don Bosco Juniors.
The last stop on the tour was Florence. The sightseeing program here included various tours in and around Florence as well as a trip to the National Coaching & Training Center for Italian soccer, Corveciano Fondazione, a visit to the Museo del Calcio and training with local FIGC coaches.
The tour concluded in grand fashion as the group went to the Serie A game between two well-known Italtian pro teams ACF Fiorentina and Juventus. Pedar Foss.
Professor of Classical Studies at DePauw University, commented after the tour, “DePauw University has used Premier International Tours for over 20 years to arrange short-term study abroad trips that involve historical and cultural programs, and soccer training and matches against local teams in Holland, Germany, and Italy. Their organization and service are second-to-none, and their on-the-ground staff are exceptional, often going above-and-beyond to arrange spur-of-the-moment opportunities for our students. From training sessions at Coverciano in Florence to behind-the-scenes stadium tours, they are prepared to make it happen. I can’t imagine working with anyone else; they know their stuff!’’