New CIAO Website!

CIAO is Celebrating the 50th Anniversary year with a new website! Check it out at  It is still a bit “under construction”, some tweaks and additions still to be made, but this Fall this original CIAO website will transition to the new site. We are also introducing our own CIAO Facebook Page click to […]

Save these Dates! Celebrate Cortona’s 50th Anniversary in 2019

TWO CORTONA 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN 2019: In Cortona: Saturday June 8, 2019. Cortona 50th Anniversary CELEBRATION! A special Celebratory Ceremony will be held on Saturday June 8th. In Atlanta: August 10, 2019. Cortona 50th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion! City Springs Center Enjoy an evening of Italian fare & reconnect with old friends. More information […]

Finster Meets Fellini Meets Philip Neri

April 14 was a night of la dolce vita! An event celebrating art, optimism and a shared passion for our special corner of Tuscany. Cortona friends gathered to help restore San Filippino, a beautiful little 17th century baroque chapel located in in Cortona’s neighboring hill town Castiglion Fiorentino. This Friends of San Filippino inaugural U.S. […]

Grazie Aurelia

The UGA Cortona family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Aurelia Ghezzi, who was integral to the founding of the University of Georgia’s Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. Working at Jack Kehoe’s side from nearly the beginning, she acted as interpreter and Program Coordinator until the year 2000, and contributed immensely […]

New Video featuring Cortona & Alex French

View Video – Click Here & Enjoy! Cortona: the experience of alum Alex French Writer: David Andriate Video Produced by David Andriate Before a speaker visited his art history class, Alex French had never heard of the small mountaintop town of Cortona, Italy. Alex also wasn’t aware of UGA’s Cortona Program that enables students of […]

Buone Feste!

                              Design by Mark Taggart

The Fall 2016 Mostra in Cortona

UGA Cortona students and faculty welcomed Cortonesi friends and guests to our opening reception on Friday night in Palazzo Vagnotti. Our fall students studied Painting, Drawing, Photography, and Book Arts, and their final artworks demonstrate how fully they rose to the challenges set them by our exceptional faculty this semester. Congratulations to all on the […]

The Sad Loss of Our Gino

On August 23 we lost one of our oldest and dearest friends in Cortona, the beloved Gino. Countless generations of UGA Cortona students knew him, and played bocce, danced, learned some Italian, stomped grapes, and attended Sagre with him. He loved UGA and the students he met over the years; he took care of our […]

The Jewel of Tuscany’s Hidden Gem

The Jewel of Tuscany’s Hidden Gem An article written by spring ’15 Cortona student, Ansley Walker, pertaining to her time in Cortona and the opportunity to work with a local jewelry and design shop. It was not only the charismatic smile of CEO, Sebastian Ghezzi DelBrenna, that welcomed me when I entered the astounding DelBrenna […]

Christmas in Cortona!

For more absolutely wonderful images and a really special article on Christmas in Cortona visit: