semester abroad in Orvieto, italy

iterque et mutata regio uigorem dabunt. – SENECA

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.



Saint Anselm College, Orvieto

All Classics and Classical Archaeology students have the opportunity to spend a semester in Orvieto studying classics, history, art and archaeology. The Department encourages our majors to spend a semester in Italy and explore first hand the places that produced the texts and art that they study as well as contemporary Italian culture. 

Students will attend classes and go on twice-weekly field trips to important sites in Italy, including Rome, Pompeii and Herculaneum, Florence, Siena, Assisi, Monte Cassino, et al. Students stay in well equipped fully furnished apartments in the historical center of Orvieto, giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultural offerings of the city. 

Orvieto's central location allows for easy access to most points of interest in Italy; it is an hour from Rome, an hour and a half to Florence. Founded by Etruscans on the top of a volcanic mesa, Orvieto displays a rich and varied history. Romans, Goths and Lombards have all left their marks. During the medieval period, Orvieto was an important center of culture and religion, where Thomas Aquinas taught and Popes established residences. Its Duomo (main cathedral), one of the most beautiful in all of Italy, contains a spectacular facade, Signorelli's fresco masterpiece as well the corporal of the Corpus Christi miracle. It also hosts free concerts throughout the year. Renaissance palazzos grace the city, which today are full of shops and museums. Orvieto offers more than just delights for the eyes and ears. Ask anyone who has been on the dig about Pasqualetti's gelato or local specialties like truffles, cinghiale (wild boar) and the world famous Orvieto Classico.

courses offered Spring semester 2017


ITO 100 Introduction to Italian
ITO 200 Chiavi: Keys to our Cultural Heritage [WI]
ITO 201 Food, Wine and Italian Culture
ITO 202 History of Italian Cinema


ITO CH100 ST:Artifacts and Analysis [QUAN]
ITO CL223 Classical Mythology:The Heroes [AEST] [CITZ] honors option
ITO CL262 War & Culture in the Ancient World [HIST]
ITO TH250 Catholic Vision [CATH]