College in Venice Italy

Trinity Christian College - Palos Heights, IL

Italy 2013Students visit to historic sites in Venice, Florence, and Rome, Italy. The course will focus on the cultural and artistic highlights of these three cities and will stress the importance of Italian architecture and art in the development of Western Europe. Students will visit the Basilica of St. Mark’s in Venice, the Duomo in Florence, and the Sistine Chapel in Rome. There will also be opportunities to visit art museums and attend a live concert.

Jan. 17 - Back from Italy

Our group has returned safely as of last night. We're glad to be home, but what a wonderful time we had. I had rather limited Internet access, so pictures and "after-the-fact" highlights will be posted soon

Italy GroupJan. 16 - Travel Day, Coming Home

Well, sadly, Wednesday was the day to say Arrividerci to Italy. We flew from Rome to Washington Dulles, where we had the miraculous experience of getting through customs, rechecking our bags, and security in 30 minutes in order to make our Chicago flight.

We're glad to be home but have so many wonderful memories of our trip! I'd like to give special recognition to our students, who were stellar in their attitudes, "can-do" spirit, curiosity and appreciation of the significance of the trip, and general kindness and generosity. I feel so blessed to have gotten to travel with these students! Praise God for safe travels and unforgettable experiences.

Best travel group ever, l. to r., back row: Sarah Jongetjes, Allison Karlock, Marv Van Wyck, Victoria Van Hofwegen, Helen Van Wyck, Jeanie & Carl Kammeraad, Catherine White, Brian Deckinga, Kyle Harms, Hannah Snow, Lindsay Slager; front row: Molly Johnson, Lauren Jackson, Vicki Drenth, Kaitlyn Manning

Jan. 15 - Rome

On Tuesday, the most packed day of the trip, we did Rome. You might think it's not possible to "do" Rome in a day, but we saw an astonishing array of sights on our last day in Italy. We started the day with a tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel with our city guide, Antonio. He took us through some of the dazzling riches of these museums.

Our next stop was St. Peter's Basilica, overwhelming in its size and grandeur. It's the largest church in the world, and the paintings, artwork, chapels, and sheer scope of this space are not things we'll forget. We were also grateful to have sunshine for part of our last day.

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by Swigert

1769 The Royal Governor of New Hampshire, John Wentworth, issued a charter in the name of King George III establishing Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire.

1720 Italian playwright Carlo Gozzi was born in Venice. During his lifetime, he was famous and admired in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. His dramas became the basis of many subsequent theatrical and musical works.

1662 Italian philosopher and scientist Francesco Bianchini was born in Verona. He worked for the curia of three popes, and worked on the method to calculate the astronomically correct date for Easter in a given year

Check out this guide about staying in

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Monastaries and convents in Italy.
I have used this guide alot and have had some of the best experiences of my travels using this guide. Ive stayed in an 1100 year old monatary outside Spoleto for $35 a night. In Seinna stayed at the 2 person college dorm of a girls school run by nuns for $40 a night with a spectacular view of the Duomo. In Venice, another dorm room for about $50 with breakfast included across the street at a 3 star hotel. It may be a little harder to made accomadations as these places are just getting onto the internet. I had to make most reservations by fax but it was well worth.

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Where to go when in Italy?

I am going to be graduating college soon and as a thank you to my parents I am planning to take us all to Italy. I know we would like to hit Rome and the Vatican City but other than that I am clueless.

I know Venice is popular but I don't think there is anything there that would be of interest to us since its more of a 'romantic' spot.

Florence is another I heard frequently but I don't know what is there. I heard that maybe some of the Michelangelo sculptures are there but I do not know for sure.

I know Tuscany is beautiful and that maybe and…

The Amalfi Coast is very scenic and many movies were shot there--"The Talented Mr Ripley" for example. Well worth the effort to visit.


How can I stay on a budget in Italy?

I'm a college student and I want to stay on a budget...I'm trying not to spend more than $1000 US dollars. (All we have to use our money for is food and fun stuff like discoteccas, and activities. We are going there for 1 month- July.) How can I do that? Our rooms are already paid for.

We will be in Perugia, but also visiting other places such as Venice, Capri, Assisi, Naples and Florence.
Our teacher said that instead of eating out everyday we can go to the market.

Also, how much are discoteccas ?

If you could give advice, that would…

1000$ is 650€ ... for a month should be ok.. discoteche can have different prizes :from the one who lets girls enter for free but need to drink something(they fix the prize of first drink, more or less 10€) to the ones is very expensive(also 40€) ... you have to ask...
to eat calculate from 10 to 25 €, depending what you eat( ex:pizza and beer is like 15€, pasta is like 8-12€), you can save some money at luch eating at the bar a sandwitch (2€)...

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