Dates: June 24 - July 1, 2017
Total Duration: 8 days
Cost: $4,950 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Tour Operator: Via Antiqua
Region: Western Europe
Join Professor Diana E.E. Kleiner for a unique visit to Rome designed for participants in Roman Architecture Coursera courses. Experience the extraordinary sensation of being in a city where the ancient world lives on in the present with remnants of ancient architecture and more modern edifices providing a unique backdrop for contemporary Italian life.
This journey will combine visiting selected sites discussed in class, as well as additional points of interest chosen specially for this trip. After studying Rome's art and architecture through books and online, you will find it immensely gratifying to visit or revisit these monuments together.
The trip begins at the Pantheon, "the greatest building ever built" and includes the Temple of Divine Hadrian and 17th-century landmarks in and around Piazza Navona. It continues with a visit to the Palatine Museum, Roman Forum, Markets of Trajan and the recently excavated Domus Romane in Palazzo Valentini. We will spend a day at Ostia, Rome's ancient harbor town and first colony, stopping on the way back at the remarkable Montemartini Museum with major Roman antiquities displayed in a former modern power plant. We will also visit four of ancient Rome's most iconic buildings: the Ara Pacis Augustae, Mausoleum of Hadrian, Baths of Caracalla, and complete the day with a dramatic nighttime visit to the Colosseum.
You will journey to what may be Tiberius' villa at Sperlonga, still stunning with elaborately decorated rooms and exotic fishponds, and then move on to experience the spectacular mountain Sanctuary of Jupiter Anxur at Terracina. As a finale, the trip will draw an arc of time and explore the Forum Boarium, the oldest forum in Rome with its fascinating arch portraying the family of the emperor Septimius Severus, the four-sided Arch of Janus Quadrifrons, and the Temple of Portunus. That day we also wander through the Theater of Marcellus, what remains of the Jewish Ghetto, tour the world-famous Capitoline Museums, and marvel that four Roman temples were displayed in a row in what is now the Largo Argentina.
You have the option to extend your stay for two more days visiting, on the first day, Rome's majestic Aurelian Walls, Tomb of Gaius Cestius, Tomb of the Baker, and wandering the atmospheric Via Appia with its Tomb of Caecilia Metella, Villa of Maxentius, Tomb of Romulus, and much more. On the second day, drive to Palestrina (ancient Praeneste) to see some of the most ambitious and sophisticated examples of early Roman concrete architecture at the Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia and to visit the romantic and unforgettable Hadrian's Villa.