Buon Giorno, Roma!
Date Published: Jul. 20, 2017
Shakespeare in Italy
After arriving on campus for orientation and a tour of campus, students took a trip
to neighboring Castel Gandolfo for their first gelato! Shakespeare’s life and career
were introduced later in the evening which led into classes on Julius Caesar the following
day. The group enjoyed a walking tour from the Aventine Hill to the Theatre of Marcellus
and later had their first Drama workshop.
In the following days, the Forum and Colosseum were explored as well as the Pantheon
and Piazza Navona. All the students are having a great time and making friends. Class
time has been great too. The group is preparing for their upcoming Shakespearean journey
by studying the Merchant of Venice.
Rome and the Catholic Church
Rome and the Catholic Church began its journey at St. Peter's with a Mass celebrated
by Fr. Oberle at the altar of Pope John XXIII. Two Salesian nuns from Zambia joined
the group and thanked Fr. Oberle for the first Mass in English they had had since
coming to Rome. The group toured the basilica and had a long walk past Castel St.
Angelo, through Piazza Navona where they stopped for cappuccino, granite and gelato.
In the following days they visited both St. Paul's Outside the Walls (where Father
celebrated Mass), St. Paul's martyrdom site at Tre Fontane, St. Maria Maggiore and
St. Giovanni Laterano.
Back on campus, students heard lectures on Paul and martyrdom to prepare them for
their trip to the catacombs and St. Agnese fuori le mure. Then had two classes on
the Confessions and Monasticism to prepare the group for their trip to Ravenna and Assisi.
Latin in Rome
Latin in Rome began with a wonderful afternoon trip to Tusculum and Castel Gandolfo
– the neighboring areas of Due Santi. Keeping the Latin alive, the following days
included a walking tour from the Aventine to Teatro Marcello, a visit to Cerveteri
to see the Etruscan necropolis, a trip to Tarquinia to see the Etruscan museum, and
a relaxing day at the beach of Santa Severa, which sits next to a beautiful medieval
castle, where the group swam, had lunch and sang boisterous pop songs.
The group continued their Latin journey with visits to the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill,
Monte Cavo and Ostia Antica. After a tour through Trajan's Market, and the Musei Capitolini,
Latinists continued their studies back on campus and began to prepare for their trip