O Rome! My Country! City of my Soul! - Lord Byron
Imagine yourself waking in a convent guesthouse on a hill overlooking the 2000 year old dome of the Pantheon, you grab an REAL espresso as you navigate curving streets packed deep with history, a history suddenly made real. Here Caesar welcomed Cleopatra, there Pope Leo rode off to face down Attila the Hun, still here Michelangelo walked to work on the ceiling of a small chapel, or an older generation of Americans marched to liberate Europe. Suddenly, the street opens up to a vast sunlight piazza and just as quickly you are kneeling at Mass in the radiant splendor of St. Peter's. After a quick pizza and beer with friends, you're off again in the whirl and bustle of Rome. That night you head into a quiet piazza and take a seat across from a church older than St. Peter's as you sample the wine and share your adventures with friends.
This is the trip we have planned for a select group of students at KU. It is a pilgrimage of the mind and soul. St. Lawrence provides you with experience faculty who possess an inside knowledge of Italy, while giving you a spiritual experience unlike any other.
The cost of the trip is $2000. This covers everything but a few lunches and airfare. A non-refundable $150 deposit is due by May 15th, 2017 for existing students, by September 1st for incoming KU freshmen. Any KU student may apply, though spaces are limited. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.