School trip to Italy
Rome & Assisi
June 7 – 17, 2021 / $3000.00
This incredible journey will immerse you in the greatest moments and monuments of Roman and Christian civilization. Prepare to explore the ancient world’s most magnificent city – Rome – and witness how it became even more magnificent as it was transformed by Christianity. This trip features one week in Rome, a three-day excursion to Assisi and a day-trip to the mountains and lakes outside of Rome.
This trip is open to Avalon School students and male family members and friends. Space is limited.
On this trip the boys of the Avalon school are going to see the greatest sites of the Roman and Christian world. They will also have the opportunity to mountain bike through medieval villages, swim in crater lakes, and climb ancient castles.
A Week in the Eternal City
Every morning we will depart our Vatican guesthouse and set out into Rome. We will explore Rome’s greatest sites, from the tunnels of crypts and catacombs to the enormous expanses of ancient amphitheaters and early Christian churches.
Three-Day Excursion to Assisi
The trip concludes in Assisi, where we will spend two days touring the medieval city and adventuring in the mountains above. he boys will have the unique opportunity to get to know one of history’s greatest saints and adventurers, St. Francis.
Mountain Biking & Swimming
The Castelli Romani – the mountainous area south of Rome – is characterized by its castles and lakes – Nemi and Albano. We’re going to bike through these mountains and swim in these incredible volcanogenic lakes (hoping that these volcanoes are dormant!)
Explore the Vatican and See the Pope!
Our hotel in Rome is located just next to the Vatican – we will walk through St. Peter’s Square nearly every morning. We’ll also have the chance to see the Pope, attend Mass in St Peter’s Basilica and climb to the top of Michelangelo’s dome!
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June 7 - 14
In Rome we are going to relive the greatest stories ever told. We’re going to experience the epic deeds of heroic men, and learn the even more glorious stories of saints and martyrs, who gave their lives for what they believed.
From Rome there shines a light, a light that – once small – now illumines the entire world. This light compelled a small village on the banks of the Tiber river to conquer the world, and this same light then converted the Roman world to Christ. In Rome – like nowhere else in the world – is God’s involvement in human affairs so clear. The ancients called it fate. We call it Divine Providence. We’re going to see it and experience it first hand!
Our Rome itinerary includes a Papal Audience, the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Catacombs, the Four Major Basilicas, the Best Baroque Churches and Monuments of Rome, the Jesuit Churches, Rome’s Best Museums (the Vatican Museums, the Borghese Gallery and the Capitoline Museums) and so much more.
June 14 - 17
The program concludes in Assisi, where we will spend three days touring the medieval city and adventuring in the mountains above. Assisi is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Tucked into the side of a mountain overlooking a great plain below, the boys will have the unique opportunity to get to know one of history’s greatest saints and adventurers, St. Francis.
Many do not know the true story of St. Francis. In reality, St. Francis experienced terrible despair before his great conversion – and only recovered by clinging completely to God. His story is an incredible one, and his deeds following his mid-life conversion are absolutely epic. We’re going to relive his story – from his decadent youth to his pursuit of poverty, and from his hermitage in the mountains to his crusade to Egypt. Throughout our time in Assisi. St Francis will become a friend, a mentor – and hopefully – a model for our boys.
Day Trip from Rome
The Castelli Romani
After a few days in Rome we going to take the train out to the Castelli Romani for a full day of mountain biking, boating and swimming! The Castelli Romani offer some of Italy’s most incredible landscapes, complete with crater lakes (formed by volcanoes), mountains and rivers to explore. We’re going to see it all before returning to Rome after a pizza-dinner on Lake Albano.
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Frequently Asked Questions
St. Francis of Assisi is perhaps the most misrepresented man in history. On Roman Adventures we are going to introduce you to the true St. Francis – the soldier turned prisoner, the beggar turned vagabond, the pauper turned saint. This man’s imagination permitted him to see the world through a spiritual lens – to understand the reality that God is involved in all things, and our very salvation hinges on our response to each and every moment in our life. There is no greater adventurer than St. Francis, and no better hero to emulate.
“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”
Meet the Team
Kevin Oriani is the trip leader. Mr. Oriani has been teaching at Avalon for six years and very much looks forward to exploring the ancient and early Christian world with you. Mr. Oriani is your direct point of contact as you prepare for the trip.
Joe is the tour planner and tour director. As the founder and director of ProRome, Joe has been leading trips through Europe for six years. He holds an MA in Church History and speaks fluent Italian. He looks forward to sharing the greatest places in the world with you!
This 52-seater Mercedes Benz luxury motor coach will safely transport us throughout Rome and beyond. Named after our favorited Roman emperor – Constantine – we’ll learn some epic stories on this beautiful bus as we make our way to sites throughout Rome.
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