Italy Study Abroad Alumni Reunion 2023

Author: Vedovotto, Giovanni

2023 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Rome Global Gateway. On this important occasion we are inviting all former students who have studied in Italy for at least one semester (fall, spring, or summer) over the last seventy years, for an extraordinary four-day  visit to the city. This visit and reunion is inspired by the 2013 Academy Award-winning film La Grande Bellezza - The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino.

Italy Study Abroad Alumni 2023


The event will take place in Rome from October 15 to October 18, 2023. Registration closes May 31, 2023. Please register here.


Site visits will include the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola, Palazzo Spada, Terrazza Borromini, Aventino and Gianicolo Hill, the Villa del Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta, Giardino degli Aranci, the Terme di Caracalla, an evening screening at the Festival del Cinema di Roma, St. Peter’s Necropolis and much more. Special locations with stunning views will also host aperitivi and dinners including the final evening’s Gala Dinner. 

Rome by Night


Prof. Jim Collins, Professor of Film and Television at the University of Notre Dame, will be the leading guide for the tour.

“The University of Notre Dame and its students have a unique relationship with Italy and Rome,” comments Silvia Dall’Olio, Director of the Rome Gateway. “We want to celebrate all those who have cultivated this relationship over the years, shaping it but also being shaped by it. We look forward to doing the honors for your return to The Great Beauty."

This event is targeted to Notre Dame former students who studied abroad in Italy, their spouses and friends. Limited tickets are available.

The following proposed program outlines a series of events that will guide you through your return visit to the Eternal City. For further information please write to:

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi by night

Program Outline

Sunday, 15 October 2023

  • 5 pm - Opening Mass at S. Maria in Domnica, Via della Navicella, 10
  • 6 pm - Welcome reception at the ND Villa, Via Celimontana 23

Monday, 16 October 2023

  • 10 am to 12 pm - Lecture by Prof. Jim Collins at the Rome Gateway
  • 12 pm to 2.30 pm - Free time
  • 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm - Site visit to Gianicolo Hill and Palazzo Spada
  • 5 pm to 6.30 pm - Aperitivo at Terrazza Borromini (transfer from Palazzo Spada provided)

Tuesday, 17 October 2023

  • 10 am to 12 pm - Visit of Aventine Hill, Parco degli Aranci, Villa del Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta
  • 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm - Lunch at "Il Focolare" in Monteverde (transfer to restaurant provided)
  • 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm - Visit of Terme di Caracalla (transfer from restaurant provided)

Wednesday, 18 October 2023

  • 7.30 am to 10.30 am - Papal Audience at St. Peter's Square
  • 11.30 am to 1.00 pm - Group visits of St. Peter's Necropolis
  • 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Free time
  • 6.00 pm - Meet at Rome Global Gateway for transfer to Gala Dinner venue
  • 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm - Welcome drinks
  • 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm - Gala dinner (venue to be announced)


Please note that the proposed program is subject to change and confirmation.