While in Rome, Thomas More College students stay at a majestic Roman villa—a monastery owned by the Antonine order of the Maronites. The monks provide accommodations, meals, and classroom space for Thomas More College students during their Rome semester. Students interact daily with this community of monks—seeing firsthand the mode of life that gave birth to medieval academic culture.
Villa Serenella is a stately, typical Roman villa surrounded by 13 acres of olive groves, pine trees, walking paths, a soccer field, and fountains. Just five miles from the Vatican, the Villa is located in a non-touristy Roman neighborhood with bus connections to the historical center.
At the Villa, Thomas More College students enjoy communal daily life in a setting of beauty and tranquility that refreshes both body and soul after daily tours in the highly urban environment of Rome. The on-site chapel (which offers daily Mass according to the Maronite Catholic rite), the extensive grounds, the quiet spots for reading and prayer, and the frequent opportunities for conversation all contribute to a fertile environment for intellectual, cultural, and spiritual growth.
Student life at the Villa offers many amenities, including Internet access, three full meals served daily, laundry service, and voice over IP phones enabling them to call home. A nightly curfew is enforced.
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