Joseph and Rachel Long
( Program Directors )

Program Directors

We should make it our goal in life to discover beauty!

My name is Joseph Long and I am the founder and managing director of ProRome, LLC, a Catholic tour operator based in my home state of Virginia. Just four years ago I married the love of my life, Rachel. It was on our honeymoon that Rachel had the idea of an all-girls immersion program in Italy! In 2016 we launched our inaugural Bella Vita Summer Program, and since then have hosted nearly one hundred young women from all over North America! We’re convinced that all young women deserve to experience and fall in love with true beauty. As the co-director of Bella Vita, Rachel takes care of many little details behind the scenes. Rachel and I – along with our two children – are very excited for Bella Vita, and we cannot wait to meet each one of you in Rome.

The best way to prepare for this program is to have an open mind and an open heart. Beauty is an eternal language and experiencing it can make us happier and even better people. Our hope and prayer is that your experience of beauty on Bella Vita Summer Program transforms you into the best girl that you can be. Our goal is to give you everything that Italy has to offer so that you might become ever more willing to pursue a beautiful life. If you have any questions or concerns before the program begins please do not hesitate to contact us.

The great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky once stated that  “beauty will save the world.” If this be true, we should make it our goal in life to discover beauty! Well, that is our goal here at Bella Vita. This unique program immerses young women in Catholic faith, art and history thereby deepening their love for beautiful things and making them happier because of it.

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