Villa Serenella is a stately, typically Roman villa-turned- monastery surrounded by 13 acres of olive groves, pine trees, walking paths, a soccer field and fountains. Just five miles from the Vatican, the Villa is owned by the Antonine order of Lebanese Maronite Catholic monks. Yes, you will be staying with monks from Lebanon! The monks chant their prayers in the morning and evening, and then sometimes, join with students and young pilgrims in friendly soccer games!
Villa Serenella is not only a comfortable and spacious setting, but it is also a secure and safe environment — it has a walled perimeter and locked iron gates at each entrance. It is set apart from the surrounding area of Rome as it is situated on top of a hill.
The grounds allow for pilgrims to be outside after a long day of touring the city to relax and regroup among the olive trees, the Italian pines and fountains! Evenings may include a cookout on the villa’s outdoor piazza after a day of visiting important sites in Rome.
Vatican officials, or Roman scholars, are able to visit the Villa Serenella for a meal in the dining room to discuss the saints, the Mystical Body of Christ or the Church and the world today, or other topics of choice.
At the Villa Serenella, you will have complete and private use of the entire guest house which was built in 2016 and contains modern lighting, showers and air conditioning.
We will have full access to the Villa Serenella grounds including the olive groves and even a soccer field — perfect to come back to after a day of walking through the city.
No one else will be on the grounds except the monks and our pilgrims.