U.S. Students and Professors Study Group in collaboration with Reggio Children

U.S. Students and Professors Study Group in collaboration with Reggio Children

U.S. Students and Professors Study Group

Reggio Emilia, Italy

March 21 – 26, 2020

This study group is for graduate and undergraduate students and accompanying professors whose work with students at U.S. colleges and universities is influenced by the Reggio Emilia Approach.

It fits well with short term faculty led study abroad programs and independent study, offering students practical international experience to support their corresponding academic coursework.

Angela Ferrario is the U.S. Liaison for Study Groups to Reggio Emilia, working in collaboration with Reggio Children since 1994. She the Founder of International Study Tours, LLC, established in 2005 for the creation of educational travel initiatives in collaboration with U.S. and International colleagues.

World Renowned Schools

The experience of the Municipal Infant Toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia is the subject of interest, research and exchange on the part of students, teachers, teacher educators, researchers, administrators, and political and cultural figures from all over Italy and throughout the world.

The context and history of this community is highly regarded, rooted in not only pedagogical choices but also political, cultural and ethical choices made following WWII in support of a new democratic society.


Program Highlights

  • Introductory meeting and welcome lunch on Sunday March 22 followed by a walking tour of the town.
  • Visits to the Preschools and Infant Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia
  • Presentations by pedagogistas, atelieristas and teachers on the history, identity and principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach to education and the essential elements in the daily life of the schools.
  • Interweaving of theoretical talks, presentations and analysis of projects that document experiences realized inside the schools.
  • Time at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center exploring the Ateliers and current Exhibitions.
  • Opportunities for discussion among students and professors to share information about their own context and Reggio-related coursework at U.S. colleges and universities.

International Meeting Place

The venue for the study group is the Loris Malaguzzi International Center, which opened in February 2006.

Prior Preparation

Students should be familiar with the history and fundamental principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach so that they have some contextual framework before being immersed in the actual experience. Resources developed by Reggio Children are available through NAREA www.reggioalliance.org

Dialogue and exchange among the group and with educators in Reggio Emilia will offer students many possibilities for gaining a deeper understanding of the history, challenges, strategies and accomplishments of the Municipal Infant Toddler Centers and Preschools.

International Meeting Place

“It was created to give greater value to a strong and distinctive characteristic of Reggio Emilia; the ability to lend listening, visibility and support to the rights and requests of children, young people, families and teachers.

The Center is a dedicated meeting place where professional development and research intersect for people in Reggio Emilia, Italy and the world who wish to innovate education and culture.”

– As described by Carlina Rinaldi, President of Reggio Children Foundation Loris Malaguzzi International Center

                  Hotel Europa

Hotel Accommodations

Accommodations for 5 nights are included from check-in on Saturday, March 21 to check-out on Thursday, March 26. (For those going onto Pistoia, hotel check-out in Reggio Emilia is Wed. March 25. We will travel to Pistoia and check into Hotel Patria Wed. evening, after the program in Reggio Emilia ends.)

To accommodate our group, blocks of rooms have been reserved at  Albergo Morandi, Albergo Reggio, Hotel Europa, and B&B del Vescovado, all within a 20-minute walking distance of the Loris Malaguzzi International Center. Rates for accompanying non-participants and for additional nights are available upon request. 

Title Address Description
Via Emilia A S. Pietro, 64, 42100 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy

Via S. Giuseppe, 7, 42100 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy

Via Monzermone, 3, 42123 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy

Piazza del Monte, 2, 42121 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy

Viale B. Ramazzini, 72/a, 42124 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy

Centro Internazionale Loris Malaguzzi

Viale Olimpia, 2, 42122 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy

Hotel Europa


$1,950 per person in a Shared Double Room
$2,200 per person in a Single Room

The per person cost includes participation fee to Reggio Children and services provided by International Study Tours, LLC.

A $100 discount is offered to NAREA members. For membership information please visit: www.reggioalliance.org. (Annual membership is $75.)  

Registration & Payment

To reserve a space, submission of Registration Form and $500 deposit per person is required by November 1, 2019. Please fill out the form and deposit online or print and mail Registration Form & Travel Agreement and a $500 check made payable to International Study Tours, LLC to: Angela Ferrario, 15 Beach Street Extension, Milford, MA 01757.

Confirmation and Invoice for Balance Due will be sent by email.  Balance may be paid by PayPal, credit card or check and is due upon receipt of Confirmation and Invoice but no later than February 21, 2020

"I want to thank you for all your hard work, support, and knowledgeable guidance during my time in Reggio Emilia and Pistoia. I learned so much and will return to my college with a renewed belief in the principles and philosophy in which I was so fortunate to be immersed."
"Thank you so much for coordination, planning and implementing an exceptional learning experience for our team. What a wonderful week that created so many possibilities and continued conversations."
"What a fabulous trip it was. Your commitment and organization is stellar, and greatly appreciated! It was a deeply meaningful experience for our entire group. We have much reflection and dialogue ahead following the deep provocations of the visit."

Arrival & Departure

Participants are responsible for their own flight and travel arrangements, including ground transportation between airport and Reggio Emilia.

Airfare is not included.  Bologna Marconi is the most convenient airport to reach Reggio Emilia. Alternatively, you can fly into Milan Malpensa or Milan Linate.

Participants should arrange to fly on Friday, March 20, arriving in Reggio Emilia on Saturday, March 21 (departure from the U.S. is one day prior to arrival in Italy). Our first group gathering in Reggio Emilia will be the introductory meeting and welcome lunch on Sunday, March 22 at 12 noon.

The Program begins Monday morning and ends on Wednesday,  March 25 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Hotel check-out is Thursday, March 26 by 11 a.m.


Participants going onto Pistoia will be transported by private bus from Reggio Emilia to Hotel Patria on Wednesday evening, March 25 after the program in Reggio Emilia ends.

Hotel check out in Pistoia is Saturday, March 28. 

The airport closest to Pistoia is Peretola Airport in Florence. 

Airport Pick-up Service

Assistance with making private ground transportation arrangements between the airport and Reggio Emilia for individuals or for groups traveling together is available upon request.  Cost is additional.

Photography & Videotape Policy

For privacy issues, participants are not allowed to photograph or videotape inside the infant-toddler centers and preschools, inside the Exhibition area and the Ateliers at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center, as well as during the presentations.

Reggio Children’s policy allows the possibility to audio record the presentations.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

All payments are refundable in full minus a $100 processing fee until February 21, 2020. For cancellations received after  February 21, 2020, no refund will be due.


It is recommended to be at the airport at least 2 hours before your scheduled flight departure time.

If driving from Reggio Emilia, it takes approximately 45 mins. to reach Bologna Airport and 2 ½ hours to reach Milan Malpensa or Linate Airports depending on traffic conditions.

Allow more time if traveling from/to either airport by public transportation and check train schedules in advance.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:  All U.S. Citizens require a passport that is valid a minimum of 6 months after their return date to the US. (For example, if you are departing from Italy on April 6, 2020 your passport must be valid through October 6, 2020.)  If you must apply for a new passport, plan to allow 6 to 8 weeks for this process. Non-U.S. citizens should check entry and visa requirements. 

Angela Ferrario

International Study Tours, LLC
(508) 473-8001
15 Beach Street Extension
Milford, MA 01757

Questions? Please contact Angela below.