The hill-towns of the Castelli Romani that surround the Due Santi campus are known for their beauty, history, and richly diverse local culture. Rome is a city of brick and marble, while the Castelli feature a landscape of verdant hills and valleys, dramatic volcanic peaks, and shimmering lakes. Students and staff explored these riches in an afternoon outing, visiting three of the many hill-towns. They stopped first at Castel Gandolfo to see the Holy Father's summer residence, eat gelato, and hear from Dr. Hatlie and Ryan Reedy about the history of the local area. Next they travelled to Nemi to admire its volcanic lake and wonder at the former site of a cult to Diana. Students enjoyed the famous strawberries of Nemi after hearing from Dr. Hatlie about the town's history and from Dr. Moran about the influence Nemi had on the poetry of Lord Byron. The last stop of the afternoon was the mountain top Tuscolo, offering a magnificent view of the countryside towns the group had just visited.
That evening the students were treated to a wine tasting and formal dinner on the campus grounds. Rome Chaplain Msgr. Thomas Fucinaro hosted the event, guiding the students through the tasting, describing the regional characteristics of the premium wines at the event, and offering some tips on how to taste wine. The students enjoyed a sparkling wine at the campus' scenic poolside, a white wine with the primi course of rice with shrimp sauce and pesto pasta, a red wine with the secondi, pork and chicken shish kabobs, and a robust red wine to finish off the meal.