Pre-College Programs

August 17, 2017

Summer 2017 Program Re-cap: Student adventures in Rome, Capri and beyond

Student group Rome 2017

Twenty-one high school students from around the world recently returned from taking part in Brown’s Pre-College Location-Based Program in Rome. The program, titled “The Many Faces of Rome,” introduced students to Roman life, culture and history through tours with local experts, workshops, site visits and classroom activities. Here's a re-cap of their experiences.

the Basilica

Magnificent, panoramic views of the Vatican City from the top of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

By all accounts (theirs), it was a fun-filled two weeks that culminated in lots of learning, improved language skills and more than a few scoops of gelato. Students spent much of their time in Rome exploring the city and its famous sites, including the Pantheon, the Vatican, and other ancient ruins and famous sites. They got a personal tour of the Colosseum by the landmark’s director and learned all about the ancient games that were once played there.

the Colosseum

Students enjoyed a personal tour of the Colosseum .

They took several day trips, visiting Ostia, where they toured the city’s ruins and visited an archaeological excavation of a mausoleum; Pompeii, where they climped Mount Vesuvius and gave a mountaintop shoutout to Brown; and Capri, where they shopped, ate gelato and Caprese salad and took a chairlift to the top of the island.

Mount Vesuvius

Left: The foot of Mount Vesuvius. Right: Hiking Mount Vesuvius.

Mount Vesuvius

Standing atop Mount Vesuvius.

Learning Italian was another component of the program, and the students got plenty of opportunities to practice their new skills, including a visit to a local cafe where they were challenged to order using only the local tongue.

Capri Chairlift

View from the chairlift that took students to the top of Capri.

And, of course, there was plenty of time for fun. An evening spent walking the banks of the Tiber River was enjoyed by all, as was a trip to the beach complete with a dip in the Mediterranean.

And before saying their goodbyes, they wrapped things up with a surprise pajama party that one student wrote was “the best (and funniest) way to end the night.”