Rome & Pompeii
The Eternal City is a must see.
ome has captured the world’s imagination for centuries. The Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the Colosseum…visitors often only have time for two or three things on this list, but our students won’t have to make such a hard choice. Each summer session includes a three-day trip that will allow you to take in all that Rome has to offer. We also travel to the ruins of Pompeii for a day of not-to-be-
missed history and archeology. Next to Mount Vesuvius, students can explore the gladiator barracks, ancient baths, and numerous temples where the fascinating details of everyday Roman life are preserved. Want to see what’s in store? Check out photos of past trips to Rome and Pompeii! This incredible weekend includes all museum entrances with engaging lectures, hotel stay, transportation, a traditional Roman-style meal and more. See below for details.
Length of Trip: Three days and two nights
Accommodations: Four-star hotel in the center of Rome, near the Colosseum and other major sites
Transportation: Train to Rome and private bus to Pompeii
Meals: Breakfast served daily at our hotel, special dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Rome
Sites Visited: Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican City, Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel), Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Borghese Gallery, the ancient ruins of Pompeii. For more details, see below.
Sites Visited: Pompeii: Roman Amphitheatre, Forum, The Great Palaestra, Ancient Baths, House of the Faun, Teatro Grande, Temple of Apollo, The Lupanare, Villa of the Mysteries. For more details, see below.
Activities & Sites: Rome
The power of Rome is evident in even the smallest ruin, the tiniest piece of brick, the shred of a single lost fragment of fresco. These pieces glow with the ideas of a civilization that ruled the known world for more than 900 years, from 509 BC to 476 AD. Walk down the very same streets as the Roman senators, Julius Caesar, and even the gladiators. In the central Roman Forum you will see the Arch of Titus, the Basilica of Maxentius, and the Temple of the deified Caesar (just to name a few of the monuments here), which will help you begin to build an idea of the greatest civilization the ancient world had ever known. Approach the Colosseum just as a Roman would have and witness the spectacle of man and beast fight for their very lives. Finally, make your way to Hadrian’s Pantheon, the single most complex architectural structure built in the ancient world.
Vatican City remains the spiritual epicenter of the world for Roman Catholics, but also acts as the caretaker of some of the greatest artistic masterpieces on earth. During the Renaissance, Michelangelo served as a papal artist and architect, leaving his indelible mark on the design of the church, its dome, and the famed Sistine Chapel. Although Michelangelo proclaimed that he wasn’t a painter, many revered his frescoed ceiling for its innovation while others reviled it for its indecency. At the exact same moment, Raphael was also working for the Pope. Witness his response to Michelangelo’s work in the “School of Athens” and other frescoes in the Pope’s private library. These frescoes are only two spaces in a labyrinth of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and mosaics you will see in the Vatican. Not to be overlooked, St. Peter’s Basilica stands as one of the greatest feats of the Renaissance and Baroque eras.
On the edge of Rome, one of history’s most colorful cardinals and art patrons, Scipione Borghese, built the Villa Borghese as a grand villa suburbana (country home). This sprawling residence and its gardens feature both a respite from the urban center of the city as well as masterpieces by Titian, Raphael, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. By the end of your visit, you will see why many claimed that Borghese had assembled one of the greatest collections of art in all of Europe.
The Baroque period was characterized by dramatic and exaggerated motion and detail that began in Rome around 1600. The Church and the surrounding aristocracy encouraged Baroque art and architecture as a device to impress visitors with opulence and grandeur. See one of the centers of Baroque Rome, Piazza Navona, home to Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers and Francesco Borromini’s Sant’Agnese in Agone. Hear about their heated battles to create the superior Baroque masterpiece. Then climb the monumental stairway of the Spanish Steps built only a century later.
Activities & Sites: Pompeii
Nearly 2,000 years ago, volcanic ash and pumice blanketed the Roman city of Pompeii, leaving it silenced until its rediscovery in 1748. Documented by ancient historians, the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius preserved this vibrant port city under layers of sediment. The glory of Pompeii will come alive again, where grooves from ancient carriages can still be seen on the streets and food containers remain in place as if the shops closed yesterday. You will step back in time, observing private homes, public baths, amphitheaters, and temples. Unlock the meaning of the enigmatic frescoes of the Villa of Mysteries, whose subject matter is as hotly debated and beguiling today as it was when it was discovered.
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