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.
Thankfully 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.