Appia Antica Walk and Wine Tasting
On Saturday, January 27, the 2018 Spring Class followed in the literal footsteps of
Saints Peter and Paul – the Due Santi after whom the Rome Campus receives its “nickname”
– by taking an excursion down the ancient Roman road or Appia Antica.
Enjoying the preserved path running from right near campus all the way into the city,
students passed ruins of ancient Roman houses, wealthy mausoleums, and explored the
remains of Circus Maxentius, a sporting complex erected by Emperor Maxentius, who
was famously defeated by Constantine at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312 A.D.
The students’ walk ended at the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian, where they went on tours
of the subterranean Christian burial structures, including the original grave of Saint
Sebastian. At the church built above the catacombs, students were able to visit the
current location of the martyr’s relics.
Returning to campus by bus, students exchanged their walking clothes for evening wear
to enjoy the traditional beginning-semester-wine tasting. Led by Monsignor Thomas
Fucinaro, the campus chaplain, students sampled various types of wine and cheese with
a formal dinner.