Raven Discovery Travel

Raven Discovery Travel

Faith & Beauty in Italy: June 15 - 24, 2020

Faith & Beauty in Italy in Summer 2020 (June 15-24) has unfortunately been suspended due to concerns surrounding the global COVID-19 situation. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Benedictine College now offers memorable travel adventures designed and led by our outstanding faculty aimed at combining fun and discovery, leisure and learning, exploration and spiritual growth.

As we advance in life, we become more curious about reality in new ways, we develop new passions, we detect deeper connections, we look at things from different angles, and we value hands-on learning. If learning is eminently a discovery endeavor, nothing epitomizes it like traveling.

Join Benedictine College alumni, parents, and friends to reignite your spirit of discovery and experience for yourself why Benedictine College continues to attract top-notch students to our community of faith and scholarship.

Faith & Beauty in Italy: June 15 - 24, 2020

Want to know more? Check out this recording of the info night on October 23, 2019!

This trip is offered to Benedictine College alumni, parents, and friends as a distilled experience of the Benedictine College Florence program. Participants will travel with a Benedictine College faculty member and visit places in Rome, Florence, Assisi, Subiaco, and Montecassino. The professor will help participants discover and better appreciate the Catholic and Benedictine roots of Western culture, as well as make connections between faith and beauty in art, nature and relationships.

More than 1,000 have participated in our Study Abroad program, thirteen years after its founding in 2006. The semester program begins in Rome, where students visit the main historical and religious sites and participate in the Wednesday papal audience. The program also includes guided visits to Subiaco, Montecassino, Florence, and Assisi.

Leading Professor: Dr. Matthew Ramage

Dr. Matthew Ramage

Dr. Matthew Ramage, Associate Professor of Theology at Benedictine, will lead the Faith & Beauty in Italy trip in the summer of 2020. He is author or co-author of many scholarly articles and several books, including Dark Passages of the Bible and Jesus, Interpreted. He has been interviewed by news outlets such as the National Catholic Register and First Things and has made periodic appearances on the EWTN programs Catholic Answers Live, Catholicism on Campus, and The Son Rise Morning Show.  In addition to studying in Italy and teaching for Benedictine’s semester-long Florence Program, Dr. Ramage has also led a number of other trips abroad for Benedictine to destinations including Greece, Turkey, Israel, and India. For more on his work, visit Dr. Ramage's website.

Travel Itinerary

Note that this itinerary is subject to change.


Overview of Day

June 15, 2020

Departure from the U.S.

June 16, 2020


Upon your arrival in Rome, you will be picked up at the airport and transported to the hotel for check-in. After a short rest, we’ll gather for an afternoon/evening stroll, dinner at a restaurant and a welcome address by Dr. Ramage over a glass of wine.

June 17, 2020


During this full day in Rome, we will join fellow pilgrims from around the world for the General Wednesday Audience with the Pope at St. Peter’s Square, visit the major basilicas of Rome, and enjoy a walking tour with lunch and dinner at restaurants. Dr. Ramage will provide a talk as we enjoy a glass of wine.

June 18, 2020

Montecassino and Subiaco

We’ll be transported via private bus to the Abbey of Montecassino, founded by St. Benedict, and to Subiaco, where St. Benedict lived as a hermit before establishing his community of monks. Dr. Ramage will highlight St. Benedict’s important role in the life and history of the Church. Upon returning to Rome, enjoy dinner on your own.

June 19, 2020


Spend the morning discovering the ancient Roman Forum and the Coliseum, followed by lunch and a guided visit to the Vatican Museum, ending in St. Peter’s Basilica. Join the group for dinner at a restaurant and a talk by Dr. Ramage over a glass of wine.

June 20, 2020


We’ll travel by private bus from Rome through the hills of Tuscany, listening to a talk by Dr. Ramage en route to Florence. The morning will include a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo for a panoramic view of the city of Florence, followed by a short, leisurely hike to San Miniato, one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany. After a visit to the Museum of San Marco to view the famous frescoes of Fra Angelico, we’ll join the Benedictine College summer study abroad students for a cookout at Villa Morghen’s “terrazza.”

June 21, 2020


No visit to Florence is complete without a visit to its famous Duomo (Cathedral). You’ll stop at the Battistero (Baptistry) and the Museo del Duomo as well. After lunch at a restaurant together, you’ll visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the largest and best collections of priceless Renaissance art. Over dinner and a glass of wine, Dr. Ramage will unpack the experiences of the day.

June 22, 2020


From Florence, a private bus will transport you to Assisi, where you’ll pray at St. Francis’ and St. Clare’s Basilicas and visit other downtown sites. After lunch we will attend Mass at St. Maria degli Angeli, the renouned site of the Portiuncola, the religious center of the Franciscan order. Dr. Ramage will provide a talk over dinner and a glass of wine.

June 23, 2020


After waking up in the city of Assisi, we’ll take a short stroll to San Damiano, where the image of Christ in the crucifix at San miraculously spoke to St. Francis. This final full day in Italy includes lunch at a restaurant, transportation by bus to Rome, and a farewell dinner and final talk by Dr. Ramage.

June 24, 2020

Departure from Rome

Costs & Registration

Register for Faith & Beauty in Italy

Last day to register: March 15, 2020

Program Fee

($250 deposit + $3,620 balance)

*The Program Fee is for double occupancy (add $400 for single occupancy)

When you register, you will be required to pay a $250 deposit toward the total cost of the program. At registration, you may also opt to pay the entire remainder of the full cost of the program. If you opt to pay only the deposit, the remainder of the cost will be due according to the schedule below:

  • Half of the remainder of the program is due by February 28, 2020.
  • The other half of the remainder of the program is due by March 30, 2020.
  • The trip must be paid in full by March 30, 2020.

The Program Fee includes:

  • All travel, excursions, and tour activities within the host country
  • All housing and group meals as specified by the schedule
  • All planned group co-curricular activities
  • Travel medical insurance coverage
  • All faculty and or staff assigned to the group for the duration of the program
  • Welcome kit, orientation materials, and trip handbook

Participants are responsible for the following additional costs:

  • Airfare to and from Rome (airport code: FCO)
  • Single occupancy supplemental fee
  • Some meals (designated on itinerary)
  • Telephone expenses
  • Passport fees
  • Personal expenses including souvenirs and any elective spending on food and entertainment

Cancellation Policy: If you must withdraw for any reason, the $250 deposit is not refundable. Your refund will be equal to the amount of the payments you have made, less any costs the college has incurred on your behalf. Generally, costs incurred by the college could include (but are not limited to) transportation arrangements, entrance tickets, lodging, meals, tour guides, etc. Within 30 days of departure, refunds are not available. If the trip is cancelled by Benedictine College, a full refund will be available to each participant.

More Information

Physical Activity Rating: Slightly strenuous. May require extended walking over uneven ground as well as the ability to climb stairs and to stand for considerable periods of time.

Group Size: This program is designed for 12-25 travelers.

Benedictine College's Raven Discovery Travel programs are offered in partnership with WorldBound Learning Projects, LLC.

WorldBound’s mission is to provide affordable, life-changing, and academically engaging international education solutions to institutions of higher education, serving students and administrators alike in their desire to learn on a global scale and to build relationships among people.

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