Spring 2018 Umbria Trip

Spring 2018 Umbria Trip

On Friday, February 9th, the Rome students took their first class trip, loading up the buses and departing for Italy’s Umbria region. Stopping first at Subiaco, the students took tours of St. Benedict’s monastery, where they saw the Sacro Speco – the cave in which St. Benedict began his monastic life, living there for three years before eventually establishing a monastery at the site.

From Subiaco, the class traveled to Assisi, where they would spend the next two nights. In Assisi, students had free time to explore the tranquil Italian town and go on optional excursions to St. Francis’s hermitage, an ancient Roman forum, or Damiano. The whole class visited the basilica dedicated to St. Francis, hearing brief lectures from each of the faculty members explaining how Assisi and the Franciscan way of life influenced the various academic disciplines. After this introduction, the students split into groups to tour the basilica, where they saw frescos by Giotto and Cimabue and could visit St. Francis’s tomb.

On the way back to campus on Sunday, the class stopped in Orvieto, where they attended mass celebrated in the crypt of the Orvieto Cathedral, had lectures on the church’s striking frescoes and façade, and saw the chapel honoring the Corporal of Bolsena, a Eucharistic miracle which had taken place in a nearby town.   

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