June 26 – July 9, 2021 / $4290.00 (all-inclusive)

Roman Adventures is a summer program unlike anything else in the world. We’ve taken the history of Western civilization and true adventure and combined them. With campuses in Rome and Assisi, our boys explore the greatest stories of the Roman and Christian world, told through the adventures on which they will partake.

We’ve removed the classroom completely and added the hiking shoe, the raft, the carabiner and the mountain bike. The boys will learn about saints and martyrs, great men and heroes, as they compete in historical games and sport throughout the ancient sites and medieval sites of Rome and beyond. We will teach through the medium of imagination and adventure, as we relive the epic stories of those giants of men who came before.

As the world around us collapses into decadency and chaos, we’re going back to our Christian roots. The boys will also have the incredible opportunity to attend Mass – in Latin – three times per week (always in a basilica!) and venerate the relics of dozens of incredible saints and martyrs (Sts Peter, Paul, Benedict, Sebastian, Lawrence, Stephen, Francis, Claire and so many more!) along the way.

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

Register commitment-free today. We're filling up fast.

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. Inquire Today!

Main Events

Roman Adventures features eight nights in Rome and three nights in Assisi. The regular daily program features two major events - first, a touring program that involves visiting sites, and second, a daily adventure.

Explore Rome's Greatness

Every morning we will exit our private hilltop villa and descend into the busy streets below. 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.

Hiking & Whitewater Rafting

We’re headed up to the epic Marmore Falls (550 ft waterfall made by the ancient Romans) for some hiking and whitewater rafting. The boys will learn all about the engineering genius of the Romans as they raft along ancient canals and climb Roman bridges!

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Climbing and Hiking in Assisi

We will spend three days touring the medieval city of Assisi and adventuring in the mountains above. The boys will have the unique opportunity to get to know one of history’s greatest saints and adventurers, St. Francis, as they walk in his footsteps.

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Biking & Lake 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!)

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Program Details & Itinerary

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

June 27 - July 5

Rome

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.

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 5 - 8

Assisi

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.

In Assisi we’ll also have the incredible opportunity to go hiking and rock climbing. We’ll send a full day exploring the national park Monte Subasio where professional climbers will take us on a rock climbing adventure (beginner level).

Exploring 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.

The term Castelli Romani translates literally as ‘Roman Castles’, but the name actually refers to several wine-producing mountain towns to the southeast of Rome. These small towns and villages are scattered over the wooded slopes of the Alban Hills, a landscape created by long-ago volcanic activity. The circular craters of Lake Nemi and Lake Albano recall the area’s geological past. The tiny towns of the Castelli Romani are dominated by beautiful villas and palaces built by the area’s wealthiest noble families of days gone by.

Exploring the Italian Wild in Umbria

The Marmore Falls are one of Italy’s most impressive sites. The ancient Romans built this nearly 600 ft waterfall in the 3rd century BC and it still works today. We’re taking a day trip from Rome to this ancient man-made wonder, where we will go hiking and climbing. In the afternoon we will then join up with our rafting guides for an afternoon of whitewater rafting and canyoning on the river (and no, parents – we won’t go over the waterfall!).

Rome would have never become great had it not been for the Romans’ ability to control and transport water. The boys will learn all about the ancient Romans’ mastery over water and will witness their engineering prowess still at work to this day.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Pricing & Registration

Chaperone

Cost for an adult chaperone. Male 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 men ages 14-18
Must be adventurous.

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 - June 26

June 26 - Tap Portugal flight 202 departs Newark at 6:00 PM and arrives at Lisbon at 5:50 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 8

July 8 - 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 8

Due to our late arrival in Newark on July 8 (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

Contact us today to arrange flights to/from Newark (EWR). You should arrive at EWR on on June 26 NO LATER than 2:30 PM. On July 9 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?

Roman Adventures 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 son does not fly with the group?

Simply provide the arrival and departure information and Roman Adventures staff will meet your son at arrivals in Rome, FCO and see him 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 8 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 Roman Adventures 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 Roman Adventure'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 son be safe at Roman Adventures Summer Program?

At Roman Adventures 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?

Roman Adventures 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

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.”

From Our Boys' Perspective

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

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Thomas Price

The most amazing trip of my life! Absolutely eye opening and each day gets more and more exciting. Never before have I felt so welcomed into a city such as Rome and never have I had better food and better sights to see along the way!

Whether it was the fascinating architecture of the Colosseum, the ornate and decorative churches, or the complexity and awe inspiring beauty of the Vatican, Roman Adventures offers something new and amazing each and every single day!

Best trip of my life and will always be the best trip I have ever taken!

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Andrew Lyons

Over the course of the program, I learned Roman history from the fall of Troy in 1200 B.C. to the present day. I saw the foundations of the house of Romulus, the tombs of Peter and Paul, and innumerable churches. I learned to distinguish between the architectural styles of the different periods of European history and even between different Roman architects like Bernini and Carlo Maderno. Most importantly, I grew closer to Our Lord by coming face to face with the blood of the martyrs, the seed of the Church. This experience was even better than I had hoped, and every young Catholic man would benefit from an opportunity like this.
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Nate Bateman

I had the time of my live on this trip. Everything we did was fantastic, and I learned so much even though we were never in the classroom. I made good friends, too. I highly highly recommend Roman Adventures if you want to have the time of your life, learn a lot and see the world.

Roman Adventures Team

Joe Long - Director

My name is Joe Long. I am the founder and director of ProRome, the company that operates Roman Adventures. I started this program so that young men could see the world, expand their imaginations and grow in their faith. This will be our fourth year operating the program and I am very much looking forward to it.

Bob Long - Adventure Leader

My name is Robert Long and I am the Adventure Leader of Roman Adventures. I've been with ProRome for four summers now. I have a BA in English from the University of Dallas and I work as civil construction recruiter for HAYS. I'm looking forward to some epic adventures this summer.

Patrick McKenna - Res. Director

My name is Patrick McKenna and I am the residence director of Roman Adventures. This will be my third summer with ProRome. I have a BA in History from Christendom College. During the year I work private security for the US Department of State. I am also a US Coastguard Reservist. I'm very much looking forward to spending time in Rome with you this summer.

Start Planning Today

Get in touch with us today and we will send you a full information packet, complete with a brochure, the registration forms and more.