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Bella Vita Summer Program

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Girls Catholic Summer Program

An immersion program in Italy for girls ages 14 – 17. With a campus just next to St. Peter’s, every day begins with Mass in the Basilica, followed by classes in Art History, Italian or Cooking. Bella Vita also features a four day trip to Florence as well as day trips to Assisi, Siena, Orvieto and Castel Gandolfo.

2018 Sessions

June 28th - July 18th

Registration now open.

Limited to 20 girls.

$4995.00

Explore Rome

Bella Vita Summer Program gives girls the chance to explore Italy. Although the focus is primarily on Rome, our girls also explore the beautiful cities of Florence, Siena, Orvieto and Assisi.

Every day will begin with morning Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Our chaplains celebrate both the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Mass for our girls.

Great Classes.

Bella Vita girls study Art History, Italian and Cooking. In this way Bella Vita is both culturally enriching and lots of fun.

Daily Mass

Every day will begin with morning Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Our chaplains celebrate the ordinary form of the Mass in both English and Latin for our girls.

Saints

Bella Vita puts an emphasis on understanding the lives of the female saints of the church. Saints like Cecilia, Agnes, Claire and Catherine are among the women that our girls learn about and venerate at Bella Vita.

Safety

At Bella Vita Summer Program, safety is our #1 priority. With a 1:5 staff to student ratio, our policy is 24/7 adult supervision. The only exception is campus, where our students can spend time together without adult supervision.

Cost

We understand that this program is expensive. That’s why we’ve created a fundraising guide. Click here to learn all about how you can fundraise your way to Italy! 

Getting There

Bella Vita Summer Program offers a chaperoned group flight to and from Rome, Italy. The flight is direct on Alitalia from JFK (New York) to FCO (Rome). The cost of this flight is $800.00/roundtrip. 

FAQs

Where is the Catholica Summer Program Campus?

Our campus in Rome is the Casa di Santa Maria delle Grazie alle Fornaci. This wonderful little guesthouse is just next to St. Peter’s Basilica and features a classroom, dining hall and common area for the girls. Every room has two single beds, a bathroom and A/C and WiFi. Onsite Staff is available 24 hours a day. Our staff are always present as well. Visit the campus website 

Are classes designed for students of a certain skill-level? I am worried that my daughter will not be able to keep up.

Classes are designed so that each student can learn at her own level. There is no homework and there are no exams.

May I speak with parents who have sent their children to a ProRome summer program?

Absolutely. We have a list of parent ambassadors who have offered to speak with anyone considering this opportunity.

When and how do I apply for and attend Catholica Summer Program?

Immediately. Contact us today and we will set up a preliminary phone call with you. We’ll then send you an application by airmail to fill out and return.

Rates

What is the cost of the program and what does this include?

The program cost is $4995.00. This includes everything except airfare.

May I pay by credit card?

Yes – in this case a 3% surcharge will be applied.

Are there any fundraising opportunities?

We provide a “Fundraising Guide” to help you raise funds for Bella Vita Summer Program

Are there discounts available?

Yes, there is a $500.00 discount available for those who send more than one daughter.

How do I pay for the program?

Upon acceptance into the program, three invoices will be issued, each with a different due date. A check for each can be mailed to “ProRome, LLC” no later than each payment due date:

  • $495.00
    Deposit: Due Upon Sign U
  • $2250.00
    Installment: Due February 23, 2018
  • $2250.00
    Installment: Due March 30

Travel Safety

Is ProRome insured? Also, is there travel insurance available?

Yes. We are fully insured with the International Advantage ® Commercial Insurance Policy through ACE American Insurance Company. And yes, travel insurance can be purchased through ProRome.

Is Italy safe? I am worried about the safety of my daughter.

Italy is safe. The American and Italian authorities are doing an excellent job of keeping Italians and their visitors safe and comfortable.

Just as anywhere, the vigilance and responsibility of the program staff is paramount in order to ensure the safety of the students. Bella Vita staff are with the students at all times.

Can you tell me a little bit about the Bella Vita staff’s qualifications?

Each staff member is a dedicated Catholic with a Bachelor of Arts from a Catholic institution. Each staff member is CPR and AED certified. Each staff member has undergone background checks and is Virtus® certified.

What happens if there is a threat or an attack of any sort?

Catholica remains in close contact with the American embassy in Rome, who issues safety and security messages for Italy on their website.

In the case of an emergency, we will first ensure that all of our students are safe and able to communicate immediately with their parents. We will then follow the instructions of the local Italian and American authorities and make an informed decision on how to proceed.

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