Rome - The Heart of the Empire
Rome is an exhilarating and intimate destination where the glories of its ancient past, the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon exist beside museums, art-soaked churches and medieval piazzas: evidence of Rome’s continued power when its empire was no more. This is the perfect introduction to the ‘Eternal City’ led by expert archaeologists who bring to life triumphs, tragedies and political intrigue that characterized the Roman empire.
Follow in the footsteps of slaves and Caesars; saints and sinners in this unique exploration of over 2000 years of Roman history.
Your Departure date
Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $360
Day 1 - Rome
We meet at our hotel in Rome and take dinner together as a group.
|Hotel||Albergo Santa Chiara, Rome|
Day 2 - Colosseum - Forum
Our adventure begins at the Colosseum, the iconic Flavian Amphitheatre – the largest of its type ever constructed. Here, we see the atmospheric corridors in which so many lives were lived and broken. Next, we visit the adjacent triumphal Arch of Constantine, before visiting the imperial palaces on the Palatine Hill, including the Cryptoporticus and the Roman Forum, which was the very centre of Roman power.
Day 3 - The Imperial Fora and the Baths of Diocletian
A day exploring more of the ancient city centre, the Imperial Fora, including the game-changing architectural space of Trajan’s Forum and the huge market complex that he built for the people of the city. We then move on to the remains of the baths of Diocletian, and the National Roman Museum.
Day 4 - The Field of Mars
Originally a swamp, the riverside land outside the city walls found use first as a military training ground and then as the venue for consular elections. Later, competing dynasts oversaw huge building projects. We will visit the stadium of Domitian, Pompey’s theatre, the Ara Pacis, and also the adjacent mausoleum of Augustus. We have some free time in the afternoon follows.
Day 5 - Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli
A day out of Rome at Tivoli awaits. First to the huge country villa built for Hadrian and his court. The vast halls and galleries were a mine of treasures for the early archaeologists. Later, we go up to Tivoli to pay a visit to the grandiose 16th century Villa D’Este, built by Cardinal Ippolito D’Este, son of Lucrezia Borgia. Here, we explore its Renaissance fantasy of fountains and its stunning gardens.
Day 6 - Rome
Today we will visit the Capitoline Museum to see the Torlonia marbles, a series of classical sculptures, including the Diadumenos by Polycleitus, that were owned by the powerful princely family of the Torlonia. Assembled by the family over centuries of collecting, from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. It is a unique opportunity to see one of the assemblages of antiquities which the powerful families of the eternal city created with such enthusiasm. We will then depart for the airport for our flight home.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- All taxes & gratuities
- Field notes
Rome is an exhilarating and intimate destination where the glories of its ancient past, the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon exist beside museums, art-soaked churches and medieval piazzas: evidence of Rome’s continued power when its empire was no more. This is the perfect introduction to the ‘Eternal City’ led by expert archaeologists who bring to life triumphs, tragedies and political intrigue that characterised the Roman empire.
We have special access to the Colosseum and the world-renowned Capitoline Museum. Follow in the footsteps of slaves and Ceasars; saints and sinners in this unique exploration of over 2000 years of Roman history.
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Availability|
|April 17 2020||AROM200417||April 17 2020 (Friday)||April 22 2020 (Wednesday)||Dr Simon Elliott Agnes Gatineau||$2,245
|December 4 2020||AROM201204||December 4 2020 (Friday)||December 9 2020 (Wednesday)||Dr Andy Souter||$2,625