Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Study Trips: Fall 2016

Ostia Antica & The Catacombs

24 September, 2016


The beautifully preserved ruins of Ostia Antica, Rome’s ancient seaport, lie twenty miles from the modern metropolis between the Tiber River and the Tyrrhenian Sea. It was founded, 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 including all transportation, sack lunch, entrance fees and tour services. (MAX of 47 students)


Cusano Mutri-Sagra Dei Funghi

30 September - 2 October, 2016


The Cusano Mutri trip takes students to the region of Campania. This mountainous and often less traveled landscape is the backdrop for La Sagra dei Funghi. Sagras, or festivals, are vital to small towns, allowing them to support their local economy by promoting their foods, wines, and culture. La Sagra dei Funghi focuses on the unique Campanian mushroom crop, but also features local wines and cheeses. Students find themselves invited into a town with open arms where the hospitability knows no bounds.

Estimated Cost: €290 including all transportation, lodging accommodations, meals and tour services. (MAX of 25 students)


Classical Greece

7-16 October, 2016 Fall Break Trip

The JFRC visits the sites of classical Greece, led by our very own dean, Sander Evers, and faculty guide Ioanna Kopsiafti. With their combined knowledge of both classical, modern, and current day Greece, students experience a glimpse into this ancient society, and a deep appreciation for Greece and its importance in human history. Greek island hopping is included.

Estimated Cost: €1100-1300 including all transportation (flight and ground transport), lodging accommodations, entrance fees, meals and tour services. (MAX of 54 students)



7-14 October, 2016 Fall Break Trip

This study trip offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for experiential learning in human rights in one of Europe’s most dynamic countries, Poland.  It includes an intellectual, cultural, and social exchange with Polish students at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Led by JFRC alumnus, Mr. John Kurowski, an American lawyer and frequent visiting professor at Copernicus, the centerpiece of the trip is the well-established symposium, Human Rights and A Just Society. The Human Rights Symposium, entering its tenth year, continues to bring European and American scholars and activists together to inform JFRC students of the leading human rights issues today.  It is augmented by lectures and optional readings about Poland’s struggle with oppression and for freedom in the 20th century. 

Estimated Cost: €600-700 including ground transportation in Poland, lodging accommodations, entrance fees, meals and tour services


Italian Invasion and Roman Resistance in World War II

22 & 23 October, 2016 

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 World War II sites in Italy. These two day-long trips include visits to Anzio and Nettuno, and areas of Rome not seen by the average tourist. During the visits 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. Click here to read the World War II - 12th Edition Guide

Estimated Cost: €35 including all transportation, lunch, entrance fees and tour services. (MAX of 47 students)


Tastes of Toscana

11-13 November 

Students have the opportunity to discover the rustic beauty of the Tuscan countryside. This region located just north of Rome is a bread basket for wine, cheese, and fabulous cuisine. The region also holds some of Italy’s finest works of art and architecture. Students will take a trip across the region to small towns and the less tourist frequented villages, with guidance from our knowledgeable faculty and staff. The trip focuses on particular foods, wines, and olive oils of the region. Also included is lodging in an incredible countryside villa.

Estimated Cost: €375 including transportation, lodging accommodations, cooking   demonstration, entrance fees, meals and tour services. (MAX of 27 students)


Assisi Pilgrimage 

3 December, 2016

Once a semester, the JFRC community loads onto a bus, and heads up to Assisi for a day of prayer, reflection, and a look into the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. The pilgrimage takes students through the Basilica of St. Francis, where they are given an opportunity to visit and pray at his grave. From there, they have the opportunity to visit the San Damiano Cross, and visit St. Clare’s childhood home. The pilgrimage ends at Santa Maria Degli Angeli, which houses the Porziuncola, the humble chapel that marks the beginning of the Franciscan order. The night concludes with a delicious dinner at a local agriturismo, where the community is able to celebrate the day. Throughout the day, the community prays the Divine Office. 

Estimated Cost: €35 (Includes transportation, guided tour of the Basilica of St. Francis, and a four course dinner) 


*Prices are subject to change

**If the minimum number of students is not reached for a trip, the JFRC reserves the right to cancel the trip***