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Study Trips: Spring 2014


Ostia Antica & The Catacombs

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.)



21-23 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, and quickly move to Monreale, a nearby town featuring a Norman styled cathedral said to be one of the most important attractions in Sicily. Fom Monreale, Students move 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 dinners. Students are responsible for booking and paying for their travel to and from Sicily. The estimated cost ranges between €100-€150).


February 15-16

Spend a weekend discovering the wonders of Italian cuisine, not only by tasting delicious delicacies but also by learning to cook various recipes yourself! This study trip offers not only an exploration of Italian food and wine but also a guided tour of the art and architecture of Orvieto, a small hill town in the Umbrian region of Italy. Led by Chef Lorenzo Polegri, this two-day adventure includes tours of a winery and an olive oil mill, complete with tasting lessons. The students will also enjoy a day-long cooking class, during which they will learn how to select ingredients and prepare a multiple course meal (and enjoy the products of their efforts afterwards!). If you fancy yourself somewhat of a chef or just long to explore the beauty of Italian small towns and cuisine, you do not want to miss this trip!

Approximate cost: 300 Euro ** subject to change (This fee includes all transportation, one night's stay in the 4 star hotel, all meals and tastings, guided tours, and cooking class.)

Northern Greece and Turkey
March 7-March 16
City Pic

This study trip begins in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city with its multicultural history and many Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman remnants and travels across The Greek – Turkish border to the legendary city of Istanbul once known as Constantinople. In northern Greece we travel in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, trek to the home of the gods on Mount Olympus and visit many less trodden roads to the picturesque towns and villages of northern Greece with guided lectures to some of the most important sites of the region such as Phillippi where St. Paul delivered his Epistle to the Philippians on his missionary journey and Dion, one of the regions most atmospheric ancient sites dedicated to Olympian Zeus and his daughters the muses. Leaving the Christian and pagan sites of Greece behind we cross the border into Turkey to visit one of the most fascinating cities in the world founded by the Roman Emperor Constantine and the center of the Byzantine empire for over a thousand years. Conquered. In 1453 when the city fell to the Ottomans, churches were transformed into mosques and Islamic architecture flourished under the new religion. We will visit some of the most enduring monuments of the city including Justinian’s masterpiece that dominated the cityscape – Agia Sophia as well as the masterpieces of the great architect Sinan such as the Suleiman Mosque. While in Istanbul students will have guided lectures to the most significant sites of the city, enjoy a cruise down the Bosporus river that snakes between Europe and Asia, attend a whirling dervish ceremony, peruse the thousands of shops in the Grand bazaar as well as time to explore some of the excellent night life on lively Istiklal street near Taksim Square where we will be staying. This trip is a journey through two fascinating countries and civilizations, both ancient and modern and their history, art, culture, and gastronomy lead by Dr. Ioanna Kopsiafti, Oxford Art Historian, who also lecturers at the JFRC during summer session and walked from Athens to Istanbul on a solo peace walk in 2006.

Estimated Cost: €1,190 (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-five star hotels, guided tours, museum entrance fees, all dinners and daily breakfast, Bosporus cruise.)

March 29
View from outside Santa Chiara in Assisi.jpg

The Assisi Pilgrimage is an opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Claire of Assisi. The city ranks among the most popular pilgrimage sites in the world. The pilgrimage is organized through Campus Ministry and information relating to the trip will be made available during the course of the semester. ‌‌

Estimated Cost: €35 (This includes transportation and a dinner at the end of the day)

Italian Invasion and Roman Resistance in WWII
March 22-23

JRFC students at the American Military Cemetery in Nettuno.JPG

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. Click Here.

Approximate 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.)

April 4-6

The group eats a meal in Tuscany

With its ravishing 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.

Approximate Cost: €375* (Cost includes lodging in a Tuscan villa, transportation, tastings, admissions, and meals.)

April 18-21


Belgrade, Serbia sits on the convergence of the Sava and Danube rivers and has a rich history dating from prehistory.  Given its strategic location at the former border of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, it has long experienced much tension and war.  Having been made the capital of the former Yugoslavia after being nearly completely destroyed as a front-line city during WWI and heavily damaged by both the Axis Powers and Allied Forces during WWII, the past century has been characterized by both conflict and growth.  Even after the break-up of Yugoslavia and 1999 NATO bombings, there are still disputes over religious and ethnic matters and the status of Kosovo in the south.  It remains a complex place that is often looked-over by traveling students. ‌

Approximate Cost: €325 (Cost does not includes flights to and from Belgrade)



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