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"Pursuing education and adventure in different parts of the world!"

Each year during spring break, Notre Dame students, faculty, alumni, staff, and friends travel together to various overseas destinations. Students may earn academic credit for the trips, which serve as a supplement to classroom learning and build a sense of community.

See our blog from our 2013 Trip to France at: NotreDamecollege.edu/blogs/France-trip-2013

See our blog from our 2014 Trip to Spain and Portugal at NotreDameCollege.edu/blogs/spain-and-portugal-2014

See our blog from our 2015 trip to Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Berlin at NotreDameCollege.edu/blogs/belgium-2015


Notre Dame College 2016:
Sicily and Rome: Crossroads of the Mediterranean

For nearly three thousand years, Sicily has been at the center of cultural exchange in the Mediterranean. Occupied in turn by ancient Carthage, Greece and Rome, and medieval Muslims, Normans and Byzantines, Sicily’s geography and architecture reveal layers of cultural wealth as well as the scars of battle from ancient times through World War II. Since 1800 it has also been a magnet for English-speaking painters and poets, drawn to the beauties of Mt. Etna, hillside villages and vineyards, sunny beaches and busy cities like Syracuse and Palermo. After a week in Sicily, enjoy two days of exploring the sites, sounds, food and culture of Rome and the Vatican. For further information about the trip, please contact Roz Scheer-McLeod rmcleod@ndc.edu.

Notre Dame College students may enroll in EN 391 Americans Abroad (3 credits), a literary inquiry course, for Spring 2016 in conjunction with this trip. For further information about this literature course, please contact Sr. Eileen Quinlan equinlan@ndc.edu.


Tour details:

Departure City: Cleveland
Duration: 10 Days
Overnights: Taormina 3, Agrigento 1, Palermo 2, Rome 2



  • Round-Trip Flights
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • Tour Manager for Entire Trip
  • Monreale Cathedral
  • Neapolis Archaeological Park
  • Piazza Armerina
  • Roman Villa at Casale
  • Selinunte
  • Syracuse
  • Valley of the Temples
  • Rome Sightseeing
  • Vatican Museums

Group in Sicily

Group in Rome

Sicily and rome group


Trip Cost: (dependent on minimum of 25 participants)

  • Notre Dame Students: $3430 (triple room)
  • Notre Dame Faculty, Staff, Administration, Alumni, Family  $3710 (double room)
  • Others: $4728


  • Single Room Supplement $360
  • Ultimate Protection Plan $300


Tentative Itenarary

Thursday 25 February: OVERNIGHT FLIGHT   Depart from the USA.
Friday 26 February: TAORMINA   Arrive in Catania, meet your ACIS Tour Manager, and transfer to Taormina, a hilly coastal town on the Ionian Sea.
Saturday 27 February: TAORMINA   In the morning tour the sights that attracted many artists and writers over the years, including D. H. Lawrence, Washington Irving and Truman Capote. See the town center, which is accessible by funicular, the famous beaches and enjoy a visit to the remarkably preserved Greek Amphitheater. This afternoon drive to 6,000 feet to see one of the largest and most active volcanoes in Europe, Mount Etna, which the ancient Greeks believed was the forge of Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire.
Sunday 28 February: TAORMINA   Embark on a full-day excursion to the historic UNESCO World Heritage city of Syracuse, noted for its rich Greek culture and architecture, and the home to the inventor Archimedes. Enjoy a guided visit of the Neapolís Archaeological Park.
Monday 29 February (Leap Day!): AGRIGENTO   Travel to Piazza Armerina for a guided visit to see its massive 15th century Cathedral and one of the world's richest collections of Roman mosaics at the Villa Casale. Continue towards Agrigento and visit the Valley of the Temples, a site of seven immense and well-preserved examples of Greek architecture. The beaches from Agrigento to Licata to Gela were the site of the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943.
Tuesday 1 March: PALERMO Journey to Selinunte today, which, like Syracuse, was once a powerful Greek city-state. Visit impressive ruins of Greek Temples that represent the former colony's prosperous and powerful past. Continue to Sicily's capital city of Palermo where you will have free time to explore the city’s squares and markets.
Wednesday 2 March: PALERMO Enjoy a morning guided tour of Palermo, a port that has been controlled by Romans, Saracens and Normans over the centuries. In the afternoon we travel south to the picturesque town of Monreale for sightseeing and a visit to the cathedral with its mix of Norman, Byzantine, and Arab architecture. Continue to the tranquil seaside village of Cefalù before returning to Palermo.
Thursday 3 March: ROME Board a flight to Rome this morning. We will marvel at the immensity of the Colosseum. This evening enjoy a traditional brick oven pizza dinner, then explore the Piazza Navona and Pantheon area.
Friday 4 March: ROME Today's sightseeing tour introduces you to every phase of Rome's history with a panoramic drive of the city. In addition, your local guide accompanies you through the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. The afternoon is free for sampling Rome's food, culture, and shopping.
Saturday 5 March: DEPARTURE Depart for the USA.



February 14
8:00 PM
Sunday February 14, 8:00pm
Regina Chapel
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