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Study Trips: Spring 2013

Ostia Antica & The Catacombs

Friday, 8 February

The beautifully preserved ruins of Ostia Antica, Rome’s ancient seaport, lie twenty miles from the modern metropolis, in the meadows between the Tiber River and the Tyrrhenian Sea. It was founded, probably in the 4th century BC, as a military colony to guard the river mouth against seaborne invasions. Later, during the centuries when virtually all imports reached the Capital via the Tiber, Ostia gained prominence as the domestic landing for cargo boats. By the 2nd century AD, it had become a flourishing commercial center inhabited by upwards of 100,000 people, whose apartment buildings, taverns, and grocery shops are still intact. This day-long study trip will include a guided tour of the ruins and catacombs of this ancient city.

Estimated Cost: €35* (The cost includes bus transportation to and from Ostia, tours, and a meal.)


Ignatian Spain 

14-17 February

This trip will be a spiritual and historical journey to the Basque Country of northern Spain at the end of Ignatian Heritage Week at the JFRC. The Basque region has a unique cultural tradition and is central to the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Students will make a pilgrimage to important sites in the life of LUC's patron saint while tasting of a Basque heritage that few ever experience. With great seafood and much spirituality, JFRC's trip to Ignatian Spain presents an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Ignatian.

Tentative Itinerary
Day 1: Depart for Bilbao. Light dinner.
Day 2: Spend the day in Bilbao. Visit the cathedral, the local Jesuit university and have some good meals.
Day 3: Leave for San Sebastian. Big seafood lunch.
Leave for Azpeitia/Loiola. See the Sanctuary.
Day 4: Mass in Loiola. Leave for Bilbao. Depart for Rome.

Estimated Cost: €475*



22-24 February

This study trip to the island of Sicily offers students the opportunity to see one of Italy's most beautiful regions while observing archaeological treasures left by the island's previous inhabitants--the Greeks. Students arrive in the island's capital, Palermo, for a half-day tour of the city before moving on to Segesta where some of the best preserved Greek Doric temples are found, as well as a theatre built into the side of Monte Barbaro. The day closes in Selinunte with temples lined up against the island's southern coast at sunset.

Day 2 includes one of the most important colonies in Magna Graecia, Agrigento, where there are remnants from the Greeks and the Romans, including the Temple of the Olympian Zeus in the Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples). The trip fast-forwards through time a bit as students cross through the scenic countryside to Piazza Armerina, home to a 3rd century Roman villa and remarkable mosaics. The evening will be spent in Taormina, back in Greek times, in the midst of a gorgeous shopping and dining district. The final morning will be spent at the teatro Greco overlooking the northwest coast and Mount Etna. A drive past the largest active volcano in Europe to Catania concludes the trip before the return flight to Rome.

Estimated Cost: €275 (The cost, to be paid in full at time of registration, includes all transportation in Sicily, two nights in a three-star hotel [two students per room], tours and entrance fees, daily breakfast, and two dinnersStudents are responsible for booking and paying for their travel to and from Sicily. The estimated cost ranges between €100-€150).


Bosnia and Serbia Post-War Perspectives: Past, Present, and Moving Forward

1-6 March (Partial Spring Break)

"The Balkans produce more history than they can consume."

-- Winston Churchill

From the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo - which sparked the First World War - to the NATO bombings of Belgrade in 1999 and the present disputed status of Kosovo in the south of Serbia, the Balkans have played a pivotal but largely unrecognized role in recent history. On this trip, students will experience two Eastern European countries that usually go unexplored - one Orthodox and one Muslim.

The trip begins in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and the former Yugoslavia, a city of both communist remnants and Austro-Hungarian grandeur. Belgrade straddles the Danube River, which at one time was the dividing point between the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires. The first two days in Belgrade will be focused on the history of Yugoslavia and will provide a foundation for understanding the ethnic and religious tensions in the region. Students will have the opportunity to meet Serbian students of the University of Belgrade over hookah in the evenings.

On Sunday, the group moves to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia - known as the "Jerusalem of Europe" for its religious diversity. Students will see firsthand the effects of war and talk to Bosnians about their experiences during the Siege of Sarajevo in the early 1990s. A day trip will be made to the beautiful Ottoman town of Mostar, a front-line during the last war that was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The last day in Sarajevo will include visit with the American Ambassador to Bosnia, who will speak to students about issues facing the region and the role of the United States in moving forward.

The last two days will be in Belgrade where students will meet the United States Ambassador to Serbia and reconnect with Serbian students.

This is a partial Spring Break trip, allowing students four days of independent travel. Turkey, Greece, Romania, and Austria are all within short travel distances. 

Estimated Cost: €750 (with a non-refundable deposit of €300, includes one-way flight to Belgrade, most dinners, housing, and ground transportation. Students are responsible for their return transportation.)


Northern Greece & Turkey

1-10 March (Spring Break)

City Pic

Starting in Thessaloniki, the group will visit some of the most famous of Greek towns and cities, enjoying the best of Greek gastronomical goods, and then venturing in Turkey. Under the expert guidance of Prof. Sander Evers and Prof.ssa Ioanna Kopsiafti, students will visit Mount Olympus (home of Zeus and the gods), Philippi, Kavala, and other beautiful places. The group will go into Turkey and spend time in and around Istanbul, visiting the so-called Blue Mosque. This unique trip gives students an opportunity to visit two beautiful countries and experience the historic, artistic, and gastronomic offerings under the guidance of the famed Ioanna Kopsiafti.

Estimated Cost: €1,280 (with a €400 non-refundable deposit - You cannot give up your seat after having made a deposit. The cost includes round-trip air travel with the group, all transportation in Greece and Turkey, all lodging in three-star hotels [2-3 students per room], guided tours, museum entrance fees, and daily breakfast.)


Italian Invasion and Roman Resistance in World War II

23-24 March

Learn about the role of Rome and Italy in World War II history from two distinguished JFRC alumni – historian Phil O’Connor, PhD, and former West Point instructor Jim Centner. Students will visit several historically significant sites World War II Italy. These two daytrips include visits to Anzio and Nettuno, and areas of Rome not seen by the average tourist. During the visit to Anzio and Nettuno, students will see the US Military Cemetery and understand what young American men and women did during the Italian Invasion. In Rome, students will hear about the Roman Resistance, visiting the site of an attack against Nazis at Via Rasella. Other visits include the former Gestapo Headquarters and the Fosse Ardeatine – caves just outside the city where 335 Roman civilians were executed by the Nazis as a reprisal for the Partisan attacks on Via Rasella.

During both days, outstanding meals will provide an opportunity to discuss what was seen and a chance to get to know Phil and Jim, the two very generous sponsors and leaders of the trips. Students can also review Phil’s publication specifically designed for this trip – A Loyola Rome Student’s Guide to World War II in Rome & Italy.

Saturday, March 23
Visits to Pomezia German Cemetery and Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Anzio Beach and Museo dello Sbarco di Anzio (site of US troops’ landing in January 1944)
Visit Piana delle Orme (home of largest collection of WWII military equipment in the world)

Sunday, March 24
Visit Fosse Ardeatine (site of Nazi massacre of 335 Romans)
Visit Museo della Liberazione (former Gestapo Headquarters in Rome)
Visit Via Rasella (site of Partisan attack of Nazis)

Estimated Cost: €50 or €25/day (Cost includes all bus transportation and lunch for both days. Although students can sign up for one day, they are strongly encouraged to attend both days. This cost is to be paid in full at time of registration.)


Small Towns of Tuscany

12-14 April

With its picturesque rolling hills covered in olive groves, grapevines, and medieval castles, the visit to Tuscany is an aesthetic pleaser. The Tuscan food and wine are sure to sate any gastronomic desire. This Study Trip includes visits to the Tuscan treasure cities of Siena and San Gimignano, long multiple-course meals, and opportunities to learn about local wines, foods, and olive oils through tastings in charming settings. Students will stay on the gorgeous grounds of Montestigliano, enjoying life in a Tuscan villa.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Depart via bus from the JFRC for the Tuscany region.
Guided visit, lunch, and free time in Siena before going to the Villas at Montestigliano
Day 2: San Gimignano for visit and wine tasting
Visit Cinta Senese farm for lunch
Cooking lesson at Montestigliano before a sumptuous group dinner
Day 3: Pick olives and eat lunch at Montestigliano before returning to Rome.

Estimated Cost: €375 (The cost, to be paid in full at the time of signing up,  includes all bus transportation, lodging, and meals.)


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