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Family Week: Bring your Family to Class Week

Each semester we designate one week of the semester as family week. During this week we organize a few special events for family members to attend while the students are in class, and some classes are open for parent participation. Keep in mind that the students are expected to participate in their normal classes during family week.

Family Week: November 6-10, 2017

Monday, November 6

3-6.30pm Jesuit churches (Liturgical Art and Architecture)
Join Dr. Hadley and his class for a visit to the principal churches of the Jesuit order: Il Santissimo Nome di Gesu and S. Ignazio
Meet in Piazza S. Ignazio

Tuesday, November 7

3.00-6.30pm Basilicas of San Clemente and St. John Lateran
Join Dr. Dawson for a brief introduction to the church in Rome at these historic churches.
Meet in front of the Basilica di San Cemente

Wednesday, November 8

8am-Noon Papal Audience 
Tickets available Tuesday afternoon. Go early (even as early as 7am) to get a good seat.

3-6.30pm Counter-Reformation Rome (Church: Community and Instition and Theology of the Church in Rome)
Join the classes of Dr. Dawson and Prof. Boyd as they study the Catholic Church in Rome after the Council of Trent
Meet in Piazza Repubblica in front of Santa Maria degli Angeli

Thursday, November 9

1.30-3pm Philosophy and Baroque Art (Philosophy of Art)
Join Dr. Dawson and his class for a visit to the Galleria Doria Pamphilj
Meet at the museum

3.30-6.30pm Palazzo Massimo and Ancient Rome (Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome)
Join Dr. Corrado and her class for a visit to the Palazzo Massimo museum
Meet at the museum

Friday, November 10

9.00-12.30 Ostia Antica
Journey to ancient Rome by walking through the ruins of Rome's port, Ostia
Meet at the Piramide train station

7.30pm Dinner
Conclude the week with dinner at a traditional Roman restaurant, Lo Scarpone.


Family members and guests are expected to purchase their own entrance tickets to the sites visited and to pay for themselves and their students at the final dinner.


Accommodation should be booked individually by the participants and is the responsibility of the participants. Some suggestions can be found here

Getting Around Rome

Public transportation in Rome is efficient and inexpensive, even if at times it may make you wait. A week-long pass, covering all forms of transportation in Rome, costs 24 euro and can be purchased at most Tabbacherie (biglietto settimanale per l’autobus).


Participants can pick up a simple or more extended map of Rome at any bookstore. Free maps can also be obtained at the tourist information kiosks around town.

Seeing the City

Rome, like all pre-modern cities, is made for walking. Visitors can stroll about the streets in safety throughout the historic center of Rome from dawn until the evening hours. Taxis are readily on hand, but those who take them miss the opportunity to discover the little treasures on every corner. Hint: When finding a church or building that is open, go inside – one never knows what beauty awaits.