There's More to Your Roman Semester Than
One of the most exciting parts of the study abroad experience is
the opportunity to travel beyond the borders of your host city.
With that in mind, we've added several opportunities for our
students to explore the cultural diversity of both the nation of
Italy and the Mediterranean region!
First, you'll expand your Italian experience through our weekend
excursion program. Twice during your semester in Rome, you'll
travel with St. John's faculty and staff for sightseeing and
educational exploration around Italy. One of our experienced
faculty members will guide you on a tour through the historical and
cultural landmarks of Florence, Siena and Pompeii, three of
Italy's "must see" cities. You'll gain a greater understanding of
the breadth of the Italian cultural landscape as you take in all
that these beautiful cities have to offer.
Then, at the end of the semester, you'll embark on a five-day
trip to either Turkey or Greece! There you'll be guided by St.
John's faculty and staff as you explore today's most
significant cities of the ancient world.
Best of all, these trips are fully included in the program fee
for all St. John's University students!
Weekend Excursion: Florence and
Long considered one of Italy’s most scenic and historically
relevant cities, Florence embodies the spirit and culture of
Tuscany. Though smaller than Rome, the city is every bit as rich in
its historical import, and its architectural and artistic treasures
are comparable to any of Europe’s great cities. Often referred to
as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence has been home to
some of Italy’s greatest writers, artists and political figures,
including Dante Alighieri, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da
Vinci. You'll also see Siena, a city rich in gothic architecture.
Exploring these two cities together will allow you
to experience the full breadth of Tuscany’s great history.
You’ll be guided by a member of our Rome campus faculty, who will
explain the long and fascinating history of the city’s people,
politics, art and structures from an expert’s point of view,
drawing connections and showing contrasts between the cultures of
Florence, Siena, Rome and other major Italian and European
End of Semester Excursion: Turkey or