Journey Italy

Try out the serene and simple Franciscan lifestyle.

Join us on a pilgrimage along the winding paths where a young man gave up all his earthly possessions to follow the call of Jesus to love the poor and the outcast 800 years ago. St. Francis' radical act of faith inspired a tectonic shift in the mission of the Church, the effects of which are still felt today.

You'll begin in the quaint Umbrian village of Assisi. You'll be able to kneel in the spaces where St. Francis and his contemporary, St. Clare, prayed. And you'll have times of guided reflection and sharing about your semester abroad, and time to savor the unbelievable flavors of Umbrian cuisine. You'll end in Rome, where you will experience the awe and wonder of the ancient city and the Vatican, including Easter Mass said by the Pope.

FAQ

When is Journey Italy?

Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16, 2017

Where is it?

Assisi, then Rome.

When should I arrive?

Plan to arrive at 8:30pm at Hotel Roma in Assisi, across from Santa Chiara. For students arriving in Rome at or before 4:30pm, you can meet our staff in Rome and travel with them to Assisi. If your classes prevent you from arriving by 8:30pm, feel free to arrive later Thursday evening.

How much does it cost to attend?

The price for Journey Italy is $250 with sponsorships available up to $200. See short-essay requirements below for details on receiving a sponsorship.

What is included?

Journey Italy includes housing from Thursday night, April 13, through Sunday morning, April 16. Meals are provided beginning with breakfast on Friday, April 14 through breakfast on Sunday, April 16.

What if I need to cancel?

The $50 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

What is housing like?

You will be staying in a boutique hotel in the heart of Assisi across from Santa Chiara.

Hotel Roma
Piazza Santa Chiara
06081 Assisi PG
Italy

Also, know in advance that space is a premium in European cities - everything is smaller: apartments, houses, hotels, and hostels.

What should I pack?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Personal toiletries
  • Bible and journal

Which airport should I fly into?

Fly into the Rome airport, if you'd like the option of meeting with staff in Rome before 4:30pm and taking the train together to Assisi. Airports in Pisa, Milan, and Florence are also options.

How can I get from the airport to the hostel/starting point?

It depends on where you fly into, but you will likely need to take the train or bus to Assisi from any airport. Let us know which airport you plan to fly into and we'll be happy to help you figure out the rest of your transportation to Assisi.

Can I stay in Italy longer?

You are welcome to leave after lunch on Sunday if you need to catch a flight, but you are encouraged to stay until 4:00pm to enjoy a walking tour of Rome that afternoon. You are also welcome to stay longer in Italy, either before or after Journey! You will need to book your own hostel for any additional nights.

How do I pay my balance after registering?

After registering, the balance may be paid by logging back into your registration through this link. A week before the event, the remaining balance will be automatically deducted from the credit or debit card with which you registered.

Registration Rates

STANDARD RATE: $250

Registration open until Saturday, April 1. Register until 11:59 CST.

SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS: Up to $200 off Journey Italy.

All students are eligible to receive up to $200 in sponsorships toward the cost of attending Journey Italy. In order to apply for a sponsorship, answer the following three questions:

1. How has your faith been impacted (positively or negatively) by your study abroad experience so far? If you don't identify as a person of faith, how has study abroad challenged your worldview and search for meaning? (1-2 paragraphs)

2.What areas of your life would you like to pay more attention to as you spend time in sacred spaces and learn about the way of St. Francis and St. Clare? (1-2 paragraphs)

3. How much sponsorship money ($1-$200) would help you attend Journey Italy? (Don't be shy!)

>> Click here to email your sponsorship application answers.

To register, you must pay a $50 non-refundable deposit.

Register Now for Journey Italy

Rather go to Spain or Ireland? Check out Journey Spain and Journey Ireland!