Spring/Summer 2017: July 13 - August 10 (MUST DEPART FROM U.S. ON or BEFORE JULY 12, TO MEET GROUP AT ROME FCO AIRPORT ON JULY 13)
Italy is truly a modern country, with over 57 million people calling it home. Italians have contributed some of the world’s most admired sculptures, paintings, architecture, and composers. It is also home to some of the world’s largest and most valuable libraries and art collections. To those who come, it presents a richness of cultural heritage. Italy is an extraordinary opportunity for you to learn its language, experience its culture, and discover its meaning! Students will embark upon educational and recreational class trips to Rome, Naples, Florence, and Various Cities in Abruzzo.
Located in the Province of L’Aquila of the Abruzzo Region, Gagliano Aterno is a small village of about three hundred inhabitants in the heart of the Abruzzo Region. It is situated along the chain of the central Appenine Mountains in the Sirente Mountain Chain. A peaceful village rich in Abruzzo traditions; history; and archaeology, it houses one of the most important medieval castles, still in use today as a private seasonal retreat for the High Roman Bourgeoisie. Gagliano is located 30 minutes from Sulmona and about one hour from Rome.
In the historical center of the village one finds also a Benedictine monastery, il Monastero di Santa Chiara, dating back to the 13th century A.D. and built on the remains of an early 9th century Benedictine monastery. From the 13th century to the end of the 19th century the monastery was occupied by nuns belonging to the order of the Clarisse. Presently it is occupied and managed by the Ministry of Forest and Wildlife.