Study Abroad: Italy ...exploration of the Eternal City

Students are eligible to receive 1 college credit during this 12-day seminar, with a focus on the built environment, architecture and anthropology. Students spend time at the Notre Dame Rome facility for morning class before stepping into the fascinating history of the Eternal City.

Students explore the Roman Forum, one of the ancient city's most popular and influential forums used for public meetings, law court, gladiator combat, and was the center for religious and secular ceremonies.

Students visit the impressive remains of the Baths of Diocletian. Commissioned by the Emperor Diocletian in 298 AD and completed in 306 AD, this impressive architectural feat took up 120,000 square meters and included a gymnasium, a library, and public baths.

The group gets into the kitchen with Chef Andrea Consoli for an Italian cooking class to learn how to make gnocchi, carbonara, and tiramisu!

Students receive a tour of Castel Sant'Angelo with Professor Ettore Mazzola, an Architecture instructor for Notre Dame Rome. Built in the second century A.D as a tomb to Emperor Hadrian, the structure has served many purposes of the year, including as a Papal fortress and later a prison. While the history of the structure is fascinating on its own, the views from the top aren't bad either!

Gelato break!

"I had a fantastic time learning about Roman history and architecture from esteemed Notre Dame Professors. We visited many incredible places including the Vatican museums, the Colosseum, and the Pope's Summer Home. Amidst the learning, it was also amazing to develop such strong friendships that will hopefully last a long time. In fact, we still talk today and plan to visit each other soon! It was the best trip I've ever been on, and I'm so fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend. " - Molly Vedra, Study Abroad: Italy 2019

The massive stone amphitheater known as the Colosseum remains an icon for Roman history. Students tour the Colosseum with Professor Paolo Vitti, who himself has done renovations on this ancient structure.

Constructed in 19 BC, Trevi Fountain is one of Rome's oldest water sources. Today, tourists flock to this site to not only see the beautiful design, but also to toss in coins! According to legend, the first coin guarantees your return to Rome, the second will ensure a new romance, and the third will ensure marriage. These coins are gathered nightly and given to a charity in Rome, helping those living in poverty within the city.

The Pantheon is thought to have been a temple for Roman gods. Rebuilt in 25 BC, it now functions as a church. Professor Vitti walks students through the concept, design, and construction as well as its current function to the global community.

Students travel to Vatican City State to explore the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica with Jill Alexy. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see first hand the Sistine Chapel, the Pietà, and incredible art by renowned artists such as Caravaggio and Raphael.

Students then climb up to the top of St. Peter's dome for an incredible view of Rome!


The St John Lateran Archbasilica is the Cathedral of Rome and one of the most beautiful churches in the world with colossal statues, mosaics and frescoes that run from the ceiling to the ground.

"Out of every spontaneous adventure and each day spent delving into the rich history of the eternal city, what I most enjoyed about the Study Abroad: Italy experience was the unique learning environment created when the city itself became our classroom."

Students enjoy a Kosher lunch after exploring the Jewish Ghetto in Rome, the oldest Jewish settlement in all of Europe (dating back to the 2nd century BC) and is home of the Great Synagogue of Rome. It was and remains a place for Jewish culture to live and thrive after overcoming a heart-wrenching past during the Nazi occupation.

Students travel to popular galleries with Notre Dame professor of anthropology Maurizio Albahari! The Metro takes the group to the Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari (Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions) to find exhibits that represent Italian history and popular culture over the last few centuries.

Students attend a Papal Audience in St. Peter's Square and receive a blessing from Pope Francis.

Students go off the beaten tourist path to visit the murals in theTor Marancia neighborhood. The "Big City Life" project was inspired out of a want for social renewal.

Twenty artists from countries across the world created mural paintings on the sides of eleven buildings. This neighborhood was once an abandoned section of the city. Today, thousands visit to see the incredible street art that covers the residential complex. Our students are led through the neighborhood by a current resident who was one of the innovators behind the project.

Train ride to Villa d'Este

Villa d'Este was constructed in 1550 and has 51 fountains, 398 spouts, 364 water jets, 64 waterfalls, and 220 basins — a dream location to catch a break from the hot Roman summers!

A closing dinner overlooking the charming town of Frascati marks the end to a wonderful and unforgettable adventure!

Do something EXTRAORDINARY with your summer! #GoFurther