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.