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Program events are cultural, religious, and engineering based trips included in the summer program.

In addition to the classroom experiences,  The Summer Engineering Program includes events throughout Rome.  These activities are designed to involve students in the culture and technology of Italy.  

These events are included in the cost of the program.  They give students the opportunity to experience the highlights of Rome.  Students list these activities as some of the highlights of their time abroad.  

Last year's students went on a walking tour of Rome, on a day trip to Orvieto, to the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's, to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and Catacombs.  These events are subject to change each year.

Pantheon Walking Tour of Rome

Students will have a walking tour of Rome with a local guide the first day of the program.  This will help orient the students to the city in which they will live.  The afternoon includes a guided tour of the historic districts, visiting the Pantheon, Piazza Novano, and the Campo di Fiore.  The group will the have a group dinner at a local trattoria.  

Footbridge at CivitaOrvieto

Oriveto is a town built on top of a large cliff in Umbria, Italy.  The town is protected by old walls which give great views of the country side.  Orvieto used to be home to different powerful families over the years and has a papal residency.  The Duomo in Orvieto is not to be missed, with its impressive striped exterior and beautiful frescoes.  Learn more about Orvieto here

Students will have a day trip to Orvieto.  They will see the Orieto Duomo and sample the Orvieto Classico wine, and have lunch.  The group will then have free time to explore Orvieto.

Vatican Museum and St. Peter's

The Vatican is a must see in Rome.  The museums were originally funded by the Popes and house many famous works of art and architecture spanning centuries and civilizations.  The Sistine Chapel is Michelangelo's famous masterpiece where cardinals meet to elect a new pope.  Learn more about the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel here.

St. Peter's Basilica is the largest church in the world.  It is done in the late Residence style and is the most famous building of its time.  It is built on the place of St. Peter's, the first Pope, execution cite.  It was designed by Bramante, Michelangelo, Maderno, and Bernini, and houses the tombs of St. Peter, in the crypt, St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII.  Learn more about St. Peter's here.

Students will have a private guide for tours of both the museums, including the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's.

Colosseum and Roman Forum

The Colosseum is the famous Roman amphitheater.  It was started under emperor Vespasian and finished under Titus.  It was used for gladiator contests and public spectacles.  Learn more about the Colosseum here.

The Roman Forum is a site of ancient ruins right in the center of Rome.  For centuries it was the center of Roman life and now the crumbling buildings make up a historic landmark.  Learn more about the Roman Forum here.

Students will have a private guide to tour the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.  They will get a glimpse of what life was like in ancient Rome, and see the engineering marvels the civilization was able to create.

Catacombs of Callisto

The Catacombs are a christian burial site underground on the outskirts of Rome.  Here there are buried martyrs and many other faithful Christians from the middle of the second century. 

Students will go on a half day guided tour of the Catacombs of Callisto.