The University of Notre Dame has purchased a villa in Rome that will be used as a student residence hall. The villa will house 100 students and staff for the university’s Rome Global Gateway programs.
The 103 year-old building is located a block away from the program’s headquarters in the Rione Celio neighborhood, near the Colosseum. Students will begin occupying the building in the fall of 2017.
"The purchase of the villa expands the horizon of possibilities both for the Gateway and for the longstanding Notre Dame architecture program in Rome," said J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization. "The University’s strategic and wise investment in the villa will greatly increase student and faculty opportunities for study and research in the heart of the Eternal City."
The academic director of the Rome Global Gateway, Theodore Cachey, Jr., says the building was built in 1913 by the Duchess of Pontalto and the Italian Military Police resided there from 1940 until recently. "It is inspiring to think that Notre Dame will be writing the next chapter of the history of the Villa on the Caelian Hill, one of the seven storied hills of Rome."