Pictures from Spring 2007

These are some of the photographs taken by students last year. As more come in we will post them.


An excellent student photograph. The Franciscan monastery of St Francis were begun immediately after his canonization in 1228. Simone di Pucciarello donated the land for the church, a hill at the west side of Assisi, known as "Hill of Hell" (it. Collo d'Inferno - here the criminals were put to death). Today, this hill is aptly called "Hill of Paradise".

The foundation stone was laid by Pope Gregory IX on 17 July 1228, although construction may already have been begun. This impressive church was designed and supervised by brother Elia Bombardone, one of the first followers of St. Francis and the former provincial minister of Syria. The lower basilica was finished in 1230. On Pentecost 25 May 1230 the uncorrupted body of St. Francis was brought in a solemn procession to the lower basilica from its temporary burial place in the church of St. George (now the basilica of St. Clare). The construction of the upper basilica was begun after 1239. Construction was completed in 1253. Its architecture is a synthesis of Romanesque and French Gothic artwork, establishing many of the typical characteristics of Italian Gothic architecture.


 “I didn't ask for it to be over, but then again, I never asked for it to begin. For that's the way it is with life, as some of the most beautiful days come completely by chance. But even the most beautiful days eventually have their sunsets."

Saint Nicholas (Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος , Agios Nikolaos, "victory of the people") is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a Christian saint and Bishop of Myra in Lycia of Anatolia (modern-day Antalya province, Turkey, though at the time it was a Greek-speaking Roman Province). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercessions, he is also known as Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, and is now commonly identified with Santa Claus. This picture, taken by one of our students, is a tribute to his importance to Christianity.


A USF student taking a picture of the Duomo. ( The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral church (Duomo) of Florence, Italy. The basilica is notable for its dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi).


This picture is from St. Peter's Basilica, located at the Vatican City in Rome. It occupies a "unique position" as one of the holiest sites and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom". In Catholic tradition, it is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and was the first Bishop of Antioch, and later first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession.

Catholic tradition holds that Saint Peter's tomb is below the altar of the basilica. For this reason, many Popes, starting with the first ones, have been buried there. This picture, taken by one of the students,is a picture of one of the past Popes' Tombs.

A picture taken from Assisi .

This picture is of a USF student, sitting outside the classroom. It was after a lecture. He decided to do what? Email friends in the US? Fill in notes from the lecture? Write in his journal?. We don't know.
Not all students bring laptops, and it is not required.
Someone snapped this picture of him in this personal moment, and something unexplainable about it, speaks to, and about our Italy Program.


This picture was taken by one of the students in the courtyard of Santa Croce in Florence.