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The capital of Italy is renowned for monuments expressing the power of emperors, popes and dictators. This tour 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’. It will focus on the art and architecture of Ancient Rome, from the Forum to the Capitoline Hill, with the chance to discover ‘hidden’ aspects, such as megalomaniac Nero’s 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 the empire.
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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 including frescoes and mosaics. Discover the emperors in a series of sculptures and busts. Visit the Baths of Diocletian, built to hold up to 3,000 bathers. Welcome dinner and stay 4 nights at Monti Palace Hotel (or similar). (D)
Visit the Capitoline Hill to see the monumental civic piazza and palaces, designed by Michelangelo and commissioned by the Papacy. 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 16th-century Palazzo Valentini (subject to confirmation). Continue to the Column of Marcus Aurelius and to one of the most famous structures of the ancient world, the Pantheon. (B, D)
Full day at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, the largest villa and garden complex built in ancient Rome. Hadrian designed the villa himself, drawing inspiration from the sites he had seen in Greece and Egypt. 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, the seat of the Roman empire. 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 being excavated and 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 to see architecture inspired by the classical world (please note that this will not include a tour of the basilica and museums). (B, D)
There will be some time at leisure today and 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.
A collection of expert accompanied tours focusing on creativity in its many forms. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required. All tours can be viewed at CoxandKings.co.uk/Art.
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 over uneven ground 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 rearranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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).
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RER2019: 4 Nights
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