Romans in the Alps

Remains of the Villa of Catullus
Remains of the Villa of Catullus
Verona city at Sunset
Verona city at Sunset
Marina in Desenzano, Lake Garda
Marina in Desenzano, Lake Garda
Colourful houses in Verona
Colourful houses in Verona
Archaeological park of Rocca di Manerba
Archaeological park of Rocca di Manerba
Rocca di Manerba
Rocca di Manerba
Church of San Pietro in Mavino
Church of San Pietro in Mavino
Verona's amphitheatre
Verona's amphitheatre
The interior of Verona's amphitheatre
The interior of Verona's amphitheatre
Verona's amphitheatre
Verona's amphitheatre
Desenzano Villa
Desenzano Villa

Discover traces of ancient Roman life among truly breathtaking Italian landscapes. From incredible subterranean remains to clifftop ruins of once-magnificent villas, this tour will take in a range of enchanting sites in the country’s beautiful north.

Experience the history of Verona, from its stunning amphitheatre to its religious architecture, and explore the charming town of Brescia with its many stories. We will visit several amazing archaeological parks, each home to fascinating remains, and our expert guide’s boundless knowledge will enlighten us on the tales behind the sites on this eight-day adventure.

  • See ruins of a majestic Roman villa on the shores of Lake Garda
  • Join archaeologist Simon Thompson & tour Verona’s hidden sites
  • Visit the underground remains of Tridentum, founded by Romans
  • Tour the world-renowned Verona amphitheatre in all its glory
  • Enjoy delicious regional cuisine along the way as we explore Italy

Themes

  • Romans
  • Conflict

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

Upon arrival in Italy, we transfer to our hotel. Take the time to unwind before having dinner this evening as a group.

Hotel: Hotel Master
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

Our day begins at the Brescia Santa Giulia Museum and after stopping for lunch, we continue to the heart of the ancient city to explore the capitolium, forum and theater. Later, we take a stroll to the Duomo and visit the impressive Romanesque basilica and Paleochristian remains below. Dinner this evening will be in the center of Brescia and then we return to our hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Master
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

We start the morning with a walk to see the Roman remains below Palazzo Martinengo. After lunch, we make our way to the castle and tour the Roman gateway, temple steps and medieval fortress.

Hotel: Hotel Master
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

We explore the Roman Sanctuary of Minerva in Cividate, along with the Cividate archaeological park. After lunch, we drive to Rocca di Manerba to see its impressive archaeological park. Here, we visit a Neolithic site with a small Roman temple as well as a medieval castle, which boasts magnificent views over Lake Garda. There is also time to visit the museum.

Hotel: Hotel Master
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

Today we explore a series of villas. First, we drive to Villa Toscolana Maderno and enjoy some time here, and then we move on to the Roman villas at Desenzano before having lunch on the lake side. In the afternoon, we drive to Sirmione to visit the remains of the Villa of Catullus as well as the archaeological museum. In Sirmione, we also visit the Church of San Pietro in Mavino, the most ancient of the ages. Later, we drive to Verona.

Hotel: Hotel San Luca
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

This morning, we head to the impressive Verona amphitheater, which was built in the first century and is still in use today for opera performances. Following lunch in Verona, we continue on with our day of touring and enjoy hidden sites with archaeologist Simon Thompson. These include the Capitolium remains beneath a restaurant, a site under the guild hall and a storage area under a clothes shop. Dinner tonight will be at a restaurant in Verona.

Hotel: Hotel San Luca
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

We go underground this morning to SASS - the Tridentium la Città Sotterranea. After touring this evocative site, we visit the Duomo and the Paleochristian cathedral below. Next we have lunch at a local restaurant before rounding off our day at the striking Castello del Buonconsiglio and its museum.

Hotel: Hotel San Luca
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

There will be some free time in the morning before we return to the airport for our individual flights home or onward travel.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

Travel Information

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2019 Tour Details

Mon 20th May - Mon 27th May

Available

$3,595

without flights

sgl supp: $690

RAP19A

Led By: Craig Alexander

Guide Lecturer

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