Senior Italy Trip

The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.”
— St. Augustine

At Providence Classical School, we believe that the study of Western Civilization, the “Flower of Christianity,” is central to our students’ understanding of the world in which they live. To properly understand the grand achievements of Western culture, however, we also believe it is necessary to examine them firsthand. For this reason, as a capstone to our students’ educational experience at Providence, our graduating seniors have the opportunity to travel together to Italy. As Joseph Addison, a British grand tourist, wrote in 1745:

"There is certainly no place in the world where a man may travel with greater pleasure and advantage than in Italy. One finds something more particular in the face of the country and more astonishing in the works of nature than can be met with in  any other part of Europe. It is the great school of music and painting, and contains in it all the noblest productions of statuary and architecture, both ancient and modern...There is scarce any part of the nation that is not famous in history, nor so much as a mountain or river that has not been the scene of some extraordinary action."

Prior to departure, the students research some aspect of the trip that interests them, and they then serve as the guide for that part of the trip. Students teach each other about topics as diverse as the life circumstances of the Vestal Virgins in Rome, the intense rivalry between the regions of Siena, and the intricate engineering of the Duomo in Florence. The course of the trip, which takes place during the first week of June, follows carefully the flow of Western culture, moving from Ancient Rome to medieval culture in the cities of Assisi and Siena, and finishing with an examination of the flowering of the Renaissance in Florence and Venice

Cities & Sites Visited on the Italy Trip

Rome (Catacombs, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Galleria Borghese),
Vatican City (St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museum)
Florence (Accademia, Uffizi, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Tuscan countryside)