Costanza Montanari | September 29, 2017
Light pink walls, an original “nasone” fountain, a beautiful garden with wood benches, 21 suite bedrooms, a large kitchen, dining area, laundry room, student activity center, and a roof top terrace are only a part of the newly restored Villa, the student residential space just two blocks away from the Rome Global Gateway, on the Celio Hill in Rome.
On September 22nd the Villa was officially inaugurated and opened its gates to the local community, staff, faculty, fellows, the ND Alumni Club of Italy, service providers, and partners.
Fr. Robert Epping, Superior General of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, together with Don Lorenzo di Pietro, associate pastor from the local parish of Santa Maria in Domnica alla Navicella, blessed the Villa and all the students who will be living there during this current year.
Newly appointed RGG Academic Director, Heather Hyde Minor, welcomed and thanked the faculty, staff, students and partners who allow the University of Notre Dame to pursue in Rome the same mission that Fr. Sorin envisioned when he first founded the University.
The goal of Notre Dame’s Villa is to foster an academically, culturally and spiritually transformative study abroad experience for Notre Dame students in Rome. The Villa’s living-learning community will promote student learning by establishing direct links between the residential, academic and co-curricular activities of study abroad students in Rome.
Purchased by the University of Notre Dame in 2015 and restored in 2016 under the guidance and leadership of architect Anthony Wingfield, Director of Operations at the RGG, the Villa brings together undergraduate Notre Dame students from across the arts and sciences that have a shared interest in expanding their academic and cultural horizons through study abroad in Rome.