The capital of Italy is renowned for monuments expressing the power of emperors, popes and dictators.Dr Nigel Spivey leads a newly devised tour that explores how the emperors from Augustus to Constantine created a language of symbols that has resonated down the centuries, shaping Rome as ‘the eternal city’.The tour focuses on the art and architecture of Ancient Rome, from the Forum to the Capitoline Hill, with the chance to discover ‘hidden’ aspects, such as Nero’s megalomaniac Golden House and Trajan's markets, which are still being excavated. Hadrian built his own palatial villa complex outside the city and incorporated architectural elements from across Europe.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Rome with British Airways. Take an orientation tour, then continue to the Palazzo Massimo Museum to see the art of the classical world. Visit the Baths of Diocletian. Welcome dinner and stay 4 nights at Monti Palace Hotel (or similar). (D)
Visit the Capitoline Hill to see the civic piazza and palaces, designed by Michelangelo. View the fine classical art collections in the Capitoline museums. Visit Trajan’s Column and newly excavated sections of ancient markets, including a special visit to the Roman remains in the subterranean area beneath the Palazzo Valentini (subject to confirmation). Continue to the Column of Marcus Aurelius and the Pantheon. (B, D)
Full day at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli. En route, see the Stadio dei Marmi, Mussolini’s sports stadium inspired by Roman imperial heritage. (B, D)
Tour the forum to discover the Senate buildings. Nero built his Golden House over a vast area of this part of Rome. By special arrangement (subject to confirmation) visit this site, which is often closed to the public. Continue past the Colosseum to the Palatine Hill museum and Circus Maximus. Early evening drive to St Peter’s Square in the Vatican (please note that this will not include a tour of the basilica and museums). (B, D)
Time at leisure followed by a visit to the Roman altar, known as Ara Pacis. Transfer to the airport for a flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted throughout by a lecturer who has specialist knowledge of the destination and its culture, as well as an experienced local guide.
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.
This tour involves some long walks and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Also, churches, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be re-arranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.
Dr Nigel Spivey is a senior lecturer in classics at the University of Cambridge, teaching classical art and archaeology. He has written extensively on the history of art; titles include Greek Art, Enduring Creation and How Art Made the World (the latter was a major BBC / PBC television series, which he presented).
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