July 6 – 20, 2021 / $4290.00 (all-inclusive)

Bella Vita gives young women ages 14 – 18 the incredible opportunity to explore Italy. Although the focus is primarily on Rome and Florence, we also visit Siena, Assisi, Castel Gandolfo and the Mediterranean Sea at Santa Marinella.

On this program the girls will not only see Italy, but they will explore in-depth her most beautiful sites. They will also have cooking classes, stay in beautiful villas, and witness incredible works of ancient and sacred art. The daily program features three 30-minute seminars in Art History, Italian and Music, followed by a full day of touring through the most incredible art, monuments and churches of Roman and Christian civilization.

Fundamental to the program is faith formation and prayer. The girls will have the incredible opportunity to attend Mass three times per week (always in a basilica!) and venerate the relics of dozens of incredible saints and martyrs (Sts Peter, Paul, Cecilia, Anastasia, Agnes, Sebastian, Lawrence, Stephen, Catherine, Francis, Claire and so many more!).

The program is capped at thirty five participants, which includes five adult chaperones (female family members ages 21-40). We hope to see you in Italy!

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The trip is 100% refundable until next March, less a $100.00 deposit. In the unlikely event of cancellation, we will put that $100.00 towards any future trip with us.

Special Features and Amenities

Bella Vita has been designed to be as comfortable as possible, so that you can enjoy the beautiful life in Italy. From private villas to our very own air-conditioned motor coach, you'll be getting a true taste of Italy on Bella Vita.

Private Villa in Rome

Just one mile from the Vatican, our private and gated Rome campus sits atop the beautiful Janiculum Hill, a ritzy neighborhood that overlooks the Eternal City.

Villa Overlooking Florence

The view from Pensione Bencista is second to none. Family-owned and operated, you will experience true Old-World Italian charm in the hills above Florence.

Authentic Italian Food

All of the meals are included in the price and you’ll have the opportunity to try a wide variety of local and regional cuisine. You’ll even have a pasta making class!

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Private Transportation

We’ll have our very own private motor coach to take us all over Italy. We will have to walk, however, as most Italian cities don’t have streets bug enough for buses!

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Program Details & Itinerary

Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Castel Gandolfo & the Mediterranean

July 7 - 14

Rome - The Eternal City

Rome is the Eternal City. There is no place more beautiful and more important in the history of the world than Rome. As Catholic Christians, Rome’s eternal purpose of civilizing and saving the world through the work of Christ’s Church.

Bella Vita features one full week in Rome. During this week we will explore the history and places of Rome’s incredible three-thousand year history, highlighting the artistic and architectural treasures along the way. The 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.

Our campus in Rome is the magnificent Villa Magnolia, a private villa that atop the Janiculum Hill, a ritzy area of the city just one mile from the Vatican. This quiet and safe retreat is the perfect place to relax after a long day touring.

The villa is composed of three levels and features a grand refectory, an audience hall and a kitchen, a number of dorm rooms (with private bathrooms), a laundry facility, and a beautiful and private yard and terraced garden. The surrounding buildings are Vatican residences and embassies, and a large wall separates us from our neighbors. The entrance is guarded by a an enourmous gate and features security cameras.

July 14 - 16

Assisi & Siena

Known as the Seraphic City for its angelic beauty, the Bella Vita girls will explore the timeless charm and beauty of Assisi for two days. We’ll go back in time to the 13th century, when St. Francis and St. Claire gave up their lives to follow Christ and proclaim the truth and beauty of the Faith. We’ll witness the Gothic masterpieces of Giotto and Cimabue, the great precursors of the Renaissance, and we’ll glimpse the actual beauty of a the medieval age which has so often been misrepresented as dark and unenlightened.

Following our time in Assisi we will depart for Siena, where we will explore the city of St. Catherine for an entire day. We will visit the most incredible Gothic museum in the world – the duomo (Cathedral of Siena), and we will venerate the relics and visit the home of St. Catherine.

Our home in Assisi is the beautiful Hotel Dei Priori, a historic fifteenth century palace originally belonging to the illustrious Cilleni family of Assisi. The original architecture is intact and hotel guests can even admire a Roman well dating back to the second century AD on their way to the breakfast room!

The hotel is located in the heart of medieval Assisi, just two minutes from the church of St. Claire, one minute from the main square, and ten minutes from the basilica of St. Francis!

July 16 - 19

Florence

There is no doubt that Florence’s natural and man-made beauty inspired artists like Botticelli, Fra Angelico and later Michelangelo to create some of the finest art ever made. There is no better or more beautiful place to end our trip than Florence.

The girls will first learn the history behind the great cultural rebirth that took place here, and will then discover the art itself in Florence’s incredible museums (Academia, Uffizi, Boboli Gardens and Museums). They’ll experience the true and perennial beauty of the Italian countryside at our campus in the hills above Florence, where they can wander the beautiful grounds and olive groves.

Our campus in Florence is an incredible 14th century villa in the hills overlooking the city, Pensione Bencista! Few places in the world compare in beauty. Family operated, everything from the meals to the sauna below are serviced by one and the same team: a Tuscan family.

The artwork that fills Bencista’s halls takes us back in time. Pensione Bencista is isolated among vineyards and olive groves, a few kilometers above the busy Tuscan capital of Florence. A massive wall and wrought-iron gate protects it from the windy streets outside.

Day Trips from Rome

Castel Gandolfo & The Mediterranean Sea

A summer trip to Rome would be incomplete without a trip to the water. Rome is sizzling hot during the summers, so we’ll take two days and do what the Italians do – escape to the lake and the ocean.

Our first day-trip from Rome is Castel Gandolfo, an incredible little town outside of Rome that sits nearly five hundred feet above the crater-lake Albano. Since ancient times emperors have come here to escape the Roman summer, and since the 16th century the popes continued to do the same. Her we will explore the town of Castel Gandolfo and then head down to the lake below, where the girls will have the chance to swim, relax, kayak or play volleyball.

Our second day trip from Rome is always a favorite – Santa Marinella. This beautiful little beach town features private beaches and crystal clear water. At Santa Marinella we will rent private beach chairs and enjoy a picnic on the beach. And for those who like to swim, the afternoon is yours! There will be an optional shuttle back to Rome for anyone who would prefer to tour a castle.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Pricing & Registration

Chaperone

Cost for an adult chaperone. Female family members ages 22-45 permitted.

$3790.00

Five spots available
Must be willing to work

Regular Price

All Inclusive. Register before October 1st, save $200.00.

$4290.00

Young women ages 14-18
Must be willing to share a room

Airfare

Roundtrip airfare from Newark (EWR)

Included!

Includes carry-on, check bag and personal item.
Seat selection not included.
FLIGHTS DETAILS

Getting There!

Outbound Flight Details - July 6

July 6 - Tap Portugal flight 202 departs Newark at 5:55 PM and arrives at Lisbon at 5:45 AM (next day). Tap Portugal flight 832 departs Lisbon at 9:00 AM and arrives in Rome at 1:00 PM.

Inbound Flight Details - July 19

July 19 - Tap Portugal flight 839 departs Rome at 1:50 PM and arrives at Lisbon at 4:00 PM. Tap Portugal flight 207 departs Lisbon at 7:30 PM and arrives in Newark at 10:30 PM.

Hotel at Newark Airport (EWR) on July 19

Due to our late arrival in Newark on July 19 (10:30 PM), we've booked the entire group at the Marriott (attached to the terminal at Newark). This is included in the price. Program staff and chaperones will be present.

Arrange Flights to/from Newark (EWR)

Contact us today to arrange flights to/from Newark (EWR). You should arrive at EWR on on July 6 NO LATER than 2:30 PM. On July 20 departure from EWR can be at ANY TIME.

Get Your Passports Ready

Apply as soon as possible. NB - Passports that expire within six months of the travel dates are NOT VALID to enter Europe.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Contact us today and we send you a registration form to fill out and return.

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

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

Is there a group flight to Italy?

Bella Vita Summer Program offers a chaperoned group flight to and from Rome, Italy. The flight is from Newark (EWR). Please see above section for more details!

What if my daughter does not fly with the group?

Simply provide the arrival and departure information and Bella Vita staff will meet your daughter at arrivals in Rome, FCO and see her off at departures at Rome, FCO. NB – This service incurs an additional $120.00 fee.

For those flying separately the cost of the flight + the hotel at Newark on July 19 will be dedicated from the invoice total – this is $1000.00.

Are there scholarships or fundraising opportunities?

We do not offer any scholarships however we do provide a comprehensive 6-page “Fundraising Guide” for those who would like to raise funds for Bella Vita Summer Program. Many of our students have successfully fundraised their way to Rome. Please inquire.

Are you insured?

Yes. We are fully insured with Travel Agents and Tour Operators Professional Liability Insurance through Zurich American Insurance Company . And yes, travel insurance can be purchased through ProRome Tours.

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

Each staff member is a dedicated Catholic with a Bachelor of Arts degree (minimum). Each staff member and chaperone is CPR and AED certified. Each staff member and chaperone has undergone background checks and is Virtus ® certified.

Will my daughter be safe at Bella Vita Summer Program?

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.

What do you do in the event of an emergency?

Bella Vita remains in close contact with the American embassy in Rome, who issues safety and security messages for Italy on their website found here: https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/. 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.

Our staff receives training before the program, which involves reading, understanding and committing to memory a forty-page crisis management plan. If you would like to see a copy of this plan please inquire.

Can you accommodate people with food allergies or specific dietary restrictions?

Absolutely. Vegetarian or vegan, gluten-free or celiac, we work only with restaurants and caterers who have ample options for you.

Program Patron

Our program patron is Catherine of Siena – saint, doctor of the Church and patron of Italy. This incredible woman, born in the 14th century during the Black Death, would become one of the most influential women of all time, solely because of faith in God that was rooted in her experience of true beauty. She knew that God loved her and pursued a beautiful life because of it. On Bella Vita we will visit her home, venerate her relics, and relive her stories.

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze.”

From Our Girls' Perspective

Here are a few words from past Bella Vita girls. If you're interested we'd be happy to put you in touch with past students!

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Noelle Orehek

Amazing. This experience on Bella Vita was and will always be unforgettable. I spent a year saving up for this and working hard, and with the support of family and friends it was made possible. I can honestly say it was the best decision of my life. I learned more than I believe I could have on any other tour. Mr. Long is a true native, he takes you where you would not go with any other tour to be immersed in unbelievable sights and feelings. My faith grew so strong on this trip, and it has truly changed my view on the Catholic life - for better. I recommend to every 14-18 year old who loves their Catholic faith to GO ON THIS TRIP. You will love it. From making life long friends to strengthening you dedication to God, it is all worth it. Almost everything is provided for you, and Mr. Long cares for everyone's well being.
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Bridget Kaczanowski

I recently attended Bella Vita Girls Program, and it is such a unique and inspiring program for young women! Along with experiencing the splendor of Ancient Rome and the Church, I developed a deep appreciation for art and the beauty it brings. I also learned that each person has their own 'art', their individual mission that God has called them to fulfill. This really brought to mind the particular importance and value of women; we can bring a unique, profound beauty to the world simply by practicing our 'art', the art of being daughters of God. Needless to say, this program has changed me for the better and I hope you will join Bella Vita to see just what a remarkable experience it is!
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Isabella Bernardel

My trip with Bella Vita this past summer was a delight. Everything I saw and learned, and the friends I met, made it so amazing and gave me immense joy! History and the Faith just came alive, while I gained a love of art and Italian culture. It opened up a world of ideas and possibilities to me. I learned so much about the beauty contained in the Western world, and the wealth of knowledge and art passed down to us through the ages. Every detail was attended to as we dined in restaurants and shopped in the Florentine leather market. Thanks to ProRome, Italy completely surpassed my expectations and I will definitely be back. From Mass in St. Peters to watching the sunset in Florence, I couldn’t have asked for a more fulfilling experience. Thank you so much Joe and Rachel.
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The Bella Vita Team

Ms. Mary Rose Gallipeau
Resident Director
Bethy Bateman
Resident Assistant
Fiona Wirth
Resident Assistant/Art Professor
Carol Long
Art History Guest Professor

Start Planning Today

Simply get in touch with us today and we will send you a full information packet – brochures, introductory information, registration information and more.