First Week in Rome

Spring 2018 First Week in Rome

Rainy weather did not dampen the spirits of the Spring 2018 Rome Class as the students arrived at the Due Santi campus on January 19. A busy schedule of campus tours and orientation meetings served to battle jet-lag, and students were soon settled into their new home for the next three months.

St. Peter'sThankfully the weather soon cleared for the class’s 5 a.m. wake-up call and early morning departure into the city on January 20. Following a mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, the spring class was divided into small walking tour groups led by various members of the faculty, religious life staff, and student affairs staff. Roughly three hours of touring, introductory gelato and espressos later, the class reassembled at the Capitoline hill for a class photo before returning to campus.

After their swift introduction to the city, the students were soon absorbed in their studies, reading works such as Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Herodotus’ The Histories, and the writings of Joseph Pieper. However, the Rome Program is never ‘all work and no play,’ and the class was soon back in the city on January 23 for the traditional Rome scavenger hunt. Newly introduced to the bus and metro systems, teams of students applied their walking tour experiences to confidently scour the city for famous landmarks and other items on the scavenger hunt list.  

Scavenger Hunt


First Day in Rome: January 17th, 2016

Our Spring 2016 Romers arrived early in the morning on January 16th and were greeted in Fiumicino Airport by Resident Coordinators Joe Hrbacek and Mike Pitstick, Dr. Peter Hatlie, and two Student Assistants. The students were shuttled by bus to campus and arrived jet-lagged but ecstatic at the first sight of their new home, Due Santi! The students settled in, explored the campus grounds (including a vineyard, pool, pergola, and soccer field!) and began orientation which included meeting their new professors

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