The Courses

Creative Writing: On-Site Creative Writing Course

We will walk through some of Rome's most suggestive and secret corners and try to steal some of their mystery by capturing and then re-telling their stories.

We will also read stories on-site and learn to draw inspiration from the work of others or the many legends that inhabit the recesses of the eternal city. Students will be encouraged to explore their voice by experimenting with different genres, working in small groups and sharing their ideas, and word-smithing their pieces until they are fully developed.


Italian Conversation: Understand Rome and Italy

To really experience Italy you need to feel the color and rhythm of the Italian language.

This course aims to help students experience Italian in everyday contexts so that they can use it in their wanderings around Rome. In the classroom, students will learn by doing, and they will be involved in all sorts of team projects, musical games, and creative thinking activities. Students will also study cultural topics, which will enable them to better understand Rome and Italy.


Latin in Rome: Latin Grammar and Vocabulary

This course focuses on the grammar and vocabulary of the Latin language.

Understanding Latin grammar and knowing Latin vocabulary offers insight into Romance languages such as Italian, French, and Spanish, and enriches knowledge of English. Daily lessons will consist of the presentation of new grammar, as well as drill exercises in which the learned grammar and vocabulary are consolidated. Through the stories we read, students will become familiar with Roman society, history, and mythology, and will gain, as well, a clearer perception of Western civilization.


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Roman Art History: Renaissance through the Baroque

This course will provide an in-depth, insider investigation of the architectural and artistic wonders of the city of Rome, from the Renaissance through the Baroque.

While the course will cover many major items of art historical interests, from Caravaggio’s paintings to the Sistine Chapel, what sets this course apart is the focus on important, but little-seen jewels of the Eternal City. The result is an insider’s study of the art and architecture of what is arguably the most important city in the history of the civilized world.


Roman Topography: How Rome has Changed Over Time

This course is a detailed overview of the development of Ancient Rome, from the days of Romulus and Remus to the changes brought in by Emperor Constantine and the advent of Christianity.

On our extensive field trips, students will explore all the sites that marked important events in the city’s history. Along with these visits, students will learn not only about Roman History but also about building techniques, materials, and tools involved in the “sculpting” of Rome. Readings of primary sources from Roman authors such as Livy, Tacitus, Vitruvius, Virgil, Pliny the Younger, and Suetonius will accompany field trips. Students will also dive into the Latin language and will learn to decipher various inscriptions and will discover the sounds, smells, and colors of ancient Roman life.


Drawing & Sketching Rome: The historic center of Rome

This course will take full advantage of the St. Stephen’s School location in the historic center of Rome.

The Aventine hill is accessible to a variety of important sites such as the Circus Maximus, The Baths of Caracalla, Cestia Pyramid, The Protestant Cemetery, and the Forum. Familiarizing students with these important sites through art will offer experiential learning. Students will work to record their observations in sketchbook form. In-class demonstrations will complement fieldwork. Instruction will be given on various methods of working in a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, contè crayon and ink wash. The focus of the course is on fluency, quality and the development of an individual style with personalized interpretations of the assignments and sites visited.