About Bernardi Campus

Bernardi Campus Mission

The Bernardi Campus is the cultural bridge between the University and the world to create and provide the most constructive academic, spiritual, social and cultural environment and opportunities for our students living and studying in Rome.

Read: A Message from the Director


The campus, a 20,000 square foot building, is located on the west bank of the Tiber River at Lungotevere delle Armi, 16, not far away from Piazza San Pietro and the Center of Rome.

Originally built as a private home in 1923, the building was purchased in the 1950s by the Angelis Custodi or "Guardian Angels," an order of Spanish nuns. The building was purchased by the University of St.Thomas in November 1999 thanks to a generous gift by the Bernardi family to the University of St. Thomas Catholic Studies program.


The building has two residential floors for students with a variety of room capacities - primarily doubles, with a very limited number of triples and singles available. In addition, it has three guestrooms for overnight guests affiliated with the University.

There is also a private chapel, spacious and comfortable sitting rooms, study lounges, a computer lab, a dining room, and a beautiful terrace that overlooks St. Peter's dome and the river.

Academic Programs

The University of Thomas has a formal affiliation with the Pontificia Università di San Tommaso d' Aquino called the "Angelicum." The Angelicum was founded by the Dominicans in the 16th century. Classes are taught in both Italian and English. The Catholic Studies Rome Program immerses its students in the Catholic intellectual tradition through courses in theology, philosophy, literature, church art, history and the social sciences.