Authentic Italy

What is God doing through Cru in Italy?

Come find out!

Register for the 2023 Tour

October 7-14, 2023

COST: $4200 + airfare per person, double occupancy
Only 14 spots available

Hold your spot with a $1000 non-refundable deposit.

Balance of $3200 due by July 19, 2023

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What is God doing through Cru in Italy?

Join us on a journey of discovery with Cru’s Italian ministry, Agape Italia. You will see the places where God is at work through Agape Italia in Rome, Florence, and Bologna. You’ll hear about the rich Christian heritage of Italy, its urgent spiritual needs, and ways that you can have an impact through involvement with Agape Italia.

Come with us! 

  • meet Italians whose lives have been changed by Jesus
  • minister to students, refugees, professionals, and professors alongside our Agape Italia staff
  • enjoy leisurely dinners of great food in good company
  • see the Roman locations associated with the Roman Empire and the early Christians
  • learn the spiritual history of Renaissance Florence
  • visit the oldest university in the west in Bologna
  • learn to make a traditional Italian meal
  • shop in the street markets of Florence
  • enjoy a private visit to an artisan workshop that creates unique works of art using ancient mosaic techniques
  • take a daytrip out into the scenic Tuscan countryside
  • did we mention the food?

You’ll be part of a small group of 14 people for an intimate look at authentic Italy. We’ll travel the way Italians do—by train—not in a tour bus. You’ll be personally guided by Agape Italia’s staff.


Included in the $4200 price:

  • 7 nights lodging (double occupancy) in Rome (★★★★★ hotel) and Florence (★★★★ hotel)
  • All ground transportation by train, bus, metro, and taxi
  • All admissions
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners (for other dinners together we’ll split the check)
  • A special artisan gift

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Final night hotel on October 14th in your departure city
  • Additional days you schedule in Italy before or after the tour

Special Note:
To combat jet-lag and be ready to “hit the ground running” with us on Day 1, we recommend you arrive in Italy 1-3 days before the tour begins. If this is your first visit to Italy, you could use those days to visit major sites which this tour does not include, such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Vatican. We can connect you with an excellent local tour guide who will create a custom visit for you.

Hold your spot with a $1000 non-refundable deposit.
Balance of $3200 due by July 19, 2023

Your Hosts


Haswell and Maria Beni

Maria Nolfo came to Christ as a student in Rome through Cru/Agape Italia. She joined our staff and eventually met Haswell Beni while on an Agape Italia summer mission to Malawi. They later married, and have served with Agape Italia together since 1992.



Kenneth McGraw

A native Texan, Kenneth met his wife Alicia while they interned for our student ministry in Bologna. They moved back to Italy permanently in 2019, where they reach out to University of Bologna students with the good news of Jesus.


Daryl and Ceil Wilson

43-year veterans of Cru, Daryl and Ceil have served in eight different Cru ministries. Since 2012, they have spent part of each year in Italy, connecting American Christian professors with students and professors in Italy.



Italy—though post-Christian like the rest of Europe—has a rich Christian history. Today God is building upon these ancient foundations through Agape Italia and other Italian believers. Each day of your trip will acquaint you with a different aspect of God’s work in Italy. (Planned events are subject to change.)

Days 1-3: Foundations and Perspective In Rome

We will stay in the heart of ancient Rome, just steps away from Trajan's Column and Piazza Venezia, in the award-winning NH Collection Roma Fori Imperiali Hotel.

While in Rome, we will visit ancient monuments, ponder the foundations of Italian culture and our own Christian faith, and explore places connected with the early Christians in Rome.

You will meet the directors of Agape Italia, and our staff who minister to students, refugees, families, and athletes.

Day 4: History and Outreach in Florence

We'll travel north on the fast train and settle into Grand Hotel Cavour, just two blocks south of the Duomo in the historic center of the city.

While in Florence, you'll meet Italians who work together on humanitarian projects in a village in Malawi. Seeing Jesus' love put in action is leading not just Malawians, but also non-believing Italians toward a relationship with Jesus. You'll learn how to create a traditional Italian meal.

Day 5: Escape to the Tuscan Countryside

We'll take a daytrip out into the rolling hills of the lovely Tuscan countryside. You'll have time to pray, reflect and process what you've been experiencing--time to consider the Lord of the Harvest at work in Italy.

Day 6: Daytrip to Bologna

We'll catch a morning train and tunnel through the Apennine Mountains for the 35-minute journey to Bologna, site of the oldest university in the West (founded by Christians in 1088!). There you will join our staff team in an outreach to students.

Day 7: Paint Yourself into the Picture

You'll visit part of Florence's vast city-wide collection of Renaissance art, and meet our National Office team. Our Arts Ministry staff will show you how God is still using art to reach Italians with the good news of Jesus.

In the evening, we’ll enjoy a memorable Italian dinner together, and we’ll invite you to paint yourself into the spiritual picture of God’s work in Italy by investing your time, talents, and treasure with Agape Italia.

Day 8: Arrivederci and More

We'll finish with an exclusive tour of an artisan workshop which uses ancient techniques to hand-craft unique mosaic works of art. Then we'll lunch together before saying goodbye. You can return to Rome by train for a flight out of Roma Fiumicino Airport, stay another night in Florence and depart from Florence Peretola Airport, or take a train to another beautiful destination in Italy.

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