Campus Life at SBI swirls through “The Center,” a renovated 200-year-old farmhouse that serves as a modern residence and educational facility. To the north you can see the Italian Alps on a clear day. Venice lies one hour’s train ride to the south. Vineyards, villages, and fields cover the countryside between the mountains and the sea. Life at the The Center is set in a beautiful and peaceful place, perfect for study, relaxation, and growth.
The Center is equipped with dorms, a student lounge, classrooms, dining area, staff office, pantry, and laundry facilities. The student lounge is home to student mailboxes, wireless internet, a printer and paper available for student use, a desktop computer, and comfortable seating. The lounge doubles as a house church on Sundays, theater space on movie nights, and an alternate classroom on weekdays.
Life at Saints Bible Institute includes good stewardship of our facilities. All students join staff to keep the campus clean and tidy by joining a rotating chore list. Chores including sweeping, filling water bottles at the town fountain (a local tradition), sorting recyclables, cleaning bathrooms and bedrooms, and caring for common areas.
Saints Bible Institute makes its home in San Lorenzo di Valvasone Arzene, a peaceful little town in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in northern Italy. It is surrounded by acres of vineyards and filled with the sound of bells tolling on the hour. An alpine stream runs through the center of town, passing under the petite piazza that holds San Lorenzo’s fountain. Take a walk down Via Bertoiussi and, in a few minutes, you will be standing in front of Saints Bible Institute. Just across the street lies the town soccer field, and around the corner you can order a famously strong Italian espresso at Martin’s café.
Two miles from San Lorenzo lies Casarsa, a charming town with a weekly market in the cobblestone town square. You can walk to Casarsa to find shops and grocery stores, places to eat, and a train station where you can catch a train to the next town or a city on the other side of Europe.
Pordenone (Por-deh-no-nay) will be your second home in Italy. Only fifteen minutes from The Center, Pordenone is home to rich history and a blossoming church plant called Assemblea Biblica Cristiana. The Saints Equipped to Evangelize mission team began planting the ABC church a few years ago and thus Pordenone remains the center of SEE ministry and outreach. As part of the Cross Cultural Missions & Evangelism you’ll spend a week in the parks and piazzas partnering with church planting team to share the gospel with Italians. Pordenone is also a lovely place to spend your free time on the weekends. You’ll love wandering the quaint Venetian streets of the historic city center and enjoying delectable aromas of coffee brewing and steaming hot chocolate wafting from cafés all over the city.
Udine (Oo-dee-nay) is the capital of the region. A castle-turned-museum overlooks the heart of the city, a majestic Venetian piazza surrounded by shops, gelaterias, restaurants, and historic churches. In Udine you can find a large shopping mall and a Premier league football stadium—and a McDonald’s. Visit Udine for a soccer match or a cultural festival celebrating chocolate, cherry blossoms or Friuli history.
The romantic setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is nestled in a hilly countryside. Walk across one of the many bridges to a stunning overlook or find your way to Juliet’s home and cry “Romeo!” from the balcony. Verona is a wonderful city to get lost in on a weekend off.
The canals, bridges, and historic splendor of Venice lies only an hour and a half from Saints Bible Institute. Walking out the train station is stepping into another world—a world of water taxis, canals, gondolas, and mysterious alleys that flow past the unexpected grandeur of palaces and plazas. There is always more to discover in Venice, from St. Mark’s Basilica to the Jewish Quarter to the Murano glassblowing artists. Getting lost is the best way to find a glorious hidden corner of the city.
Florence, capital of the Tuscany region, is home to some of the greatest art treasures in the world. On your Fine Arts Tour at Saints Bible Institute you’ll see Michelangelo’s David, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and Ghiberti’s famous bronze doors in person, as well as the Medici Palace, the Ponte Vecchio bridge over the Arno River, and the church where Michelangelo is buried. If you take an afternoon to climb the hill to Piazzale Michelangelo you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of the city of Florence under a Tuscan sunset.
The Eternal City boasts an unforgettable array of Roman ruins and Italian architecture in the sprawling historic center. Between the Coliseum, the Forum, and the Vatican museums, you will see more art and culture than you ever thought possible. Relive the days of ancient Rome at the Coliseum, the Roman Senate, the arches of Titus and Constantine, and Trajan’s Column. Marvel at the artistry of Michelangelo displayed in the Sistine Chapel and the Pieta. And finally, the treasure trove of artwork in the Vatican Museums will wear out even the sturdiest walking shoes— you can rest on the front steps of St. Peter’s Cathedral, one of the largest churches in the world. And that’s just the beginning.