Visiting the Vatican

Visiting the Vatican

The Vatican – the rock on which the Catholic Church is built. The beautiful gold trim that runs throughout the building will carry your eyes to breathtaking statues and paintings. Each work of art has a captivating story behind it and every brick seems to have seen some remarkable historical event. As stunningly captivating the exterior and interior may be, what truly caught my mind’s attention lies below the cobblestones. The Vatican Necropolis lies beneath your feet as you lift…

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When in Due Santi…

When in Due Santi…

Welcome to Due Santi! The rumored meeting place of Saints Peter and Paul, nearby the once-ancient Roman settlement of Bovillae, and the current residence of students from Irving, Texas. We will spend much of our time on this beautiful campus, fenced in by fig trees, olive bushes, and grape vines, learning about the history of the Greek and Roman people, the architecture and art trends throughout European history, the early Church Fathers and their influence on what would become the…

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Italian Sights and Food

Italian Sights and Food

Our first outing off campus was to Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence. Castel Gandolfo overlooks the beautiful Lake Albano. We got the first taste of what the journey ahead would look like as we struggled to keep up with our professors on the hike up the Alban hills. We were rewarded at the top with the first of many gelati. I selected the lemon flavored gelato (which I highly recommend, especially when paired with coconut). We were all intimidated…

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Living as Romans

Living as Romans

I had packed my bags with care the night before, wondering if I had everything I needed to live for three weeks in a different country on the Shakespeare in Italy program. My mother had made me a small breakfast, knowing that I would have little appetite with all of the nerves and excitement. I was dropped off at the airport and a few hours later, I found myself in Irving, Texas meeting new friends from all over the country….

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