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Roaming Rome: The City of the Seven Hills

Become an expert on the Eternal City on an adventure that combines the insight of local scholars with a flexible schedule and city-center lodging ideal for self-led discovery.
Rating (4.57)
Program No. 22620RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
3,299
Flights start at
900
Italy

Roaming Rome: The City of the Seven Hills

Become an expert on the Eternal City on an adventure that combines the insight of local scholars with a flexible schedule and city-center lodging ideal for self-led discovery.
Length
9 days
Starts at
3,299
Flights start at
900
Length
9 days
Rating (4.57)
Starts at
3,299
Flights start at
900
Program No. 22620RJ

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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 9 - Oct 17, 2022
Starting at
3,449
Itinerary Note

The program site hotel for this departure date is boutique Hotel dei Mellini.

Apr 16 - Apr 24, 2023
Starting at
3,299
May 14 - May 22, 2023
Starting at
3,299
Sep 3 - Sep 11, 2023
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3,299
Oct 1 - Oct 9, 2023
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3,299
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 9 - Oct 17, 2022
Starting at
4,279
Itinerary Note

The program site hotel for this departure date is boutique Hotel dei Mellini.

Apr 16 - Apr 24, 2023
Starting at
3,939
May 14 - May 22, 2023
Starting at
3,939
Sep 3 - Sep 11, 2023
Starting at
3,939
Oct 1 - Oct 9, 2023
Starting at
3,939

At a Glance

Become an expert on the icons of Rome and seek out knowledge of its lesser-known treasures on an adventure that combines the insight of local scholars with a flexible schedule and city-center lodging ideal for self-led discovery. Illustrated presentations provide a wide angle on the Eternal City from before Caesar to today and narrated field trips ensure you experience the essentials, while periods of unscheduled time leave it to you to decide what next to explore.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walk up to three miles and stand for prolonged period on sidewalks and uneven pavement. Some inclines, stairs and crowded areas with little opportunity to sit and rest in museums and historic areas.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the Colosseum and Roman Forum with a local expert.
  • Learn to make and enjoy a typical Roman dish in a cooking class
  • Discover the history of Rome's Jewish Quarter with a walk through one of the city's oldest neighborhoods.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
Featured Expert
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Elisabetta Interdonato
Dr. Elisabetta Interdonato is a native Roman who earned her doctorate in classical archaeology at the University of Rome "La Sapienza." She did further post-doctoral studies at the University of Basilicata and at the Universite' de Haute Bretagne where she also taught as a visiting professor. She currently teaches at the Pantheon Institute. In addition to her teaching, she enjoys leading visitors on explorations of Rome.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Elisabetta Interdonato View biography
Dr. Elisabetta Interdonato is a native Roman who earned her doctorate in classical archaeology at the University of Rome "La Sapienza." She did further post-doctoral studies at the University of Basilicata and at the Universite' de Haute Bretagne where she also taught as a visiting professor. She currently teaches at the Pantheon Institute. In addition to her teaching, she enjoys leading visitors on explorations of Rome.
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Rachel Potts View biography
Rachel Potts is a licensed excursion leader in Rome. She graduated from Manchester University with a bachelor's in Philosophy and French, and later studied garden design at the London Gardening School. Having grown up in Rome, she chose to return to Italy and share her knowledge and love of Rome and the surrounding areas.
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Richard Bowen View biography
A native of London, Richard Bowen has lived in Rome for most of his adult life. He was awarded a BA in humanities from Middlesex University and a MA in history from University College in London. As a young graduate he worked as an archaeologist for the Museum of London. Richard is a licensed group leader for the Province of Rome and has led groups in Italy and in other parts of Europe. He has a keen interest in political, social and art history.
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Fabio Sottili View biography
Fabio Sottili was born in Mantova, Lombardy and recently returned to Italy after having worked for 31 years in Florida, Colorado and New York as a manager for the luxury brands Tod's and Salvatore Ferragamo. He is a graduate of the prestigious School of the Performing Arts in Bologna. Fabio lives in Ferrara, a Renaissance city between Bologna and Venice.
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Shara Wasserman View biography
Shara Wasserman is a specialist in modern art in Italy. She was awarded her MA in art history from the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, has taught for Cornell University's study away program in Rome and is on the faculty at Temple University's Rome campus. Shara is an independent curator, focusing primarily on organizing exhibitions in public spaces of fellows' residents at the foreign academies in Rome.
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Nancy Benedetti View biography
Born in Italy, Nancy Benedetti is a licensed bilingual group leader with extensive experience in the travel industry. Over the past few decades, she has led groups from North America traveling across Europe. Nancy holds a BA in sociology and mass communication from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia as well as a degree in historical-artistic sciences from Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza."
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Alberto Prieto View biography
Alberto is a classics scholar with degrees in Latin and Greek from Harvard, ancient history from the University of St. Andrews and classical archaeology from the University of Texas. He has participated in fieldwork and research projects in Italy and Turkey. He has resided in Rome since 2007, teaching courses in the archaeology, history and topography of Rome and the Roman world, directing excavation field schools, and producing more than 100 educational videos about Roman civilization and conservation of cultural heritage.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Rome, A Cultural History
by Jonathan Boardman
Not a comprehensive history, but a good, easy-to-read introduction to the city and its landmarks that will appeal both to first time visitors and those who know and love the city.
The Seven Hills of Rome, A Geological Tour of the Eternal City
by Grant Heiken
With a timeline, chapters on each of the seven hills, Tiber Floodplain and overview of geology, this accessible guide, written by experts in geology, culture and history of Rome, shows the importance of the geological setting to the history of the city over the millennia.
Rome Map
by Berndtson & Berndtson
A handy map at a scale of 1:11,000, with a more detailed overview of the city center.
The Italian Renaissance
by J. H. Plumb
A well-written history of the Renaissance, its artists and thinkers, with chapters on Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice, Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Women of the Renaissance.
St. Peter's
by Keith Miller, Mary Beard (Editor)
Miller traces the evolution of St. Peter's from its original incarnation, built on the orders of Emperor Constantine, to its medieval rebirth and additions by Michelangelo, Bernini, and Maderno in this history, guide and celebration of the great baroque basilica.
Rome: The Biography of a City
by Cristopher Hibbert
From Amazon: "This beautifully written, informative study is a portrait, a history and a superb guide book, capturing fully the seductive beauty and the many layered past of the Eternal City. It covers 3,000 years of history from the city's quasi-mythical origins, through the Etruscan kings, the opulent glory of classical Rome, the decadence and decay of the Middle Ages and the beauty and corruption of the Renaissance, to its time at the heart of Mussolini's fascist Italy. Exploring the city's streets and buildings, peopled with popes, gladiators, emperors, noblemen and peasants, this volume details the turbulent and dramatic history of Rome in all its depravity and grandeur."
La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
by Beppe Severgnini
From Amazon: You won’t need luggage for this hypothetical and hilarious trip into the hearts and minds of Beppe Severgnini’s fellow Italians. In fact, Beppe would prefer if you left behind the baggage his crafty and elegant countrymen have smuggled into your subconscious. To get to his Italia, you’ll need to forget about your idealized notions of Italy. Although La Bella Figura will take you to legendary cities and scenic regions, your real destinations are the places where Italians are at their best, worst, and most authentic: the highway, the airport, and the small town.
The Oxford Illustrated History of the Roman World
by Jasper Griffin (Editor), Oswyn Murray (Editor), John Boardman (Editor)
Diverse scholars contribute chapters to this authoritative, illuminating overview of history, art, society and life of Roman and the Roman world. With maps, drawings and illustrations throughout.
Four Seasons in Rome
by Anthony Doerr
The author was awarded a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome to research and write. When "All The Light We Cannot See" was published it won a Pulitzer Prize. "Four Seasons in Rome" is a personal memoir of the challenges he and his wife faced day to day in Rome with infant twins.
The Colosseum
by Keith Hopkins, Mary Beard
This engaging overview of the history of the Colosseum deconstructs Hollywood-perpetrated misconceptions of gladiator-eating lions, Nero fiddling and other myths.
Blue Guide Rome
by Alta MacAdam
The 10th edition of Macadam's ultimate guide to Rome, with full color street maps, dozens of site plans, suggested walks and extensive commentary on the history and significance of every church, monument and district.
The Smiles of Rome, A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers
by Susan Cahill
A wonderfully inspired anthology featuring excerpts from 29 writers and artists interspersed with practical suggestions for travelers.
Roman Art and Architecture
by Sir Mortimer Eric Wheeler
Sir Mortimer Wheeler describes Roman art, architecture and town planning in this abundantly illustrated book in the World of Art series.
Ancient Rome: Art, Architecture, and History
by Ada Gabucci (Editor)
This lively, illustrated survey of Ancient Rome's monuments, history and art is a terrific introduction.
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
by Ross King
Presented with flair and backed by a wealth of research, King's captivating chronicle of Michelangelo's painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel tells the story of its conception and creation.
As The Romans Do
by Alan Epstein
from Amazon: "A celebration of the character and style of one of the world's most spectacular cities! This vibrant insider's view of the most mature city on earth is the perfect companion for anyone who loves anything Italian. In 1995, after a twenty-year love affair with Italy, Alan Epstein fulfilled his dream to live in Rome. In As the Romans Do, he celebrates the spirit of this stylish, dramatic, ancient city that formed the hub of a far-flung empire and introduced the Mediterranean culture to the rest of the world."
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9 days
8 nights
15 meals
7 B 5 L 3 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Rome, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Neighborhood Walk
Rome
D
Hotel Pace Helvezia

Activity note: Hotel check in from 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Meet in the hotel lobby at 4:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead us to the hotel meeting room for group introductions and to review the up-to-date program schedule. The Orientation session will cover roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Program-related transportation will be via private motorcoach unless noted otherwise. Unless indicated otherwise, meals will be served by masked wait staff. Breakfast will be a buffet, while lunches and dinners will be set meals. Water is included with all meals; other beverages such as wine, tea, and coffee will be available for purchase; some dinners will have a glass of wine included. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After a short break we will then set out with our Group Leader on a brief neighborhood walk to identify the location of ATMs, pharmacies, grocery stores, ending at our dinner restaurant.

Dinner: At a local restaurant. Walk back to the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Ancient Rome, Forum and Colosseum
Rome
B,L
Hotel Pace Helvezia

Activity note: Getting on/off van. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day. In the Roman Forum the terrain is uneven, has inclines, some gravel or dirt paths and unavoidable steps/stairs. Uneven pavement in the Colosseum.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will set out on foot for the Roman Forum, the civic, religious and political hub of ancient Rome. Our expert will build mental pictures of the walls now lacking from the foundations. We will see the two remaining triumphal arches of Septemius Severus and Titus. The Arch of Constantine contains friezes and bas-relief sculptures recycled from other arches and monuments. Next, we will walk to the Colosseum. Officially known as the Flavian Amphitheater, the Colosseum was the greatest in the Roman empire. It could hold more than 50,000 spectators. Historical records, as well as popular culture in our time, have made it an iconic symbol of gladiatorial combat and the sacrifice of untold numbers of slaves, prisoners of war, condemned criminals, and animals from throughout the empire. Short walk to the Piazza del Colosseo.

Lunch: We will walk to a restaurant near the Colosseum for lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will board vans back to the hotel. Later in the afternoon we will gather in the hotel meeting room for an illustrated lecture by a local expert on the history of ancient Rome from its origin as a small village to its supremacy that lasted nearly 1,000 years.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Renaissance Influencers, Trevi, Charming Trastevere
Rome
B,D
Hotel Pace Helvezia

Activity note: Getting on/off tram and vans. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day on inclined road and uneven urban sidewalks paved in stone or cobblestone. Extended standing in the museums.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We'll walk to to Palazzo Colonna for an expert-led visit of the 14th century palatial home of an aristocratic Roman family. The grand hall and gallery have magnificent paintings and furniture. After the visit we will walk to Piazza di Trevi to admire the magnificent Fountain of Trevi adorned with mythical figures in pure white marble.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: At the appointed time and meeting place, with our Group Leader we will board vans to the Villa Borghese for our reserved entrance to the Gallery. The highlight of the collection is the set of marble statues by young Gianlorenzo Bernini and paintings by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio. At the conclusion of the visit we will board vans back to the hotel.

Dinner: Late afternoon we'll walk to Largo Argentina and board the tram to the Trastevere neighborhood on the other bank of the Tiber River. We'll enjoy dinner at a characteristic pizzeria, sampling a typical Roman appetizer and choosing our own pizzas.

Evening: Transportation back to the hotel.

DAY
5
Jewish Quarter, Free Time
Rome
B,L
Hotel Pace Helvezia

Activity note: Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day over uneven sidewalks and cobblestone streets. Unavoidable steps/stairs.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will walk to the Jewish Quarter where we'll meet a local expert who will lead our field trip in what was the Jewish Ghetto from the 16th to 19th centuries. Rome had a Jewish population since before the Diaspora, but the ghetto was a creation of the pope in 1555 during the Catholic Counter Reformation. All Jews were forced to reside in an area of only seven acres in the flood zone of the Tiber River — behind a wall! — with most of their rights and privileges removed. They lived this way until the unification of Italy under a secular government in 1870, when their citizenship was restored. Today the neighborhood is vibrant and bustling. In addition to the Jewish Museum of Rome and magnificent Great Synagogue, there are excellent restaurants featuring the traditional Roman Jewish cuisine.

Lunch: At a characteristic restaurant that features Jewish Roman Cuisine.

Afternoon: Free Time

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Cooking Class, Piazze Walk
Rome
B,L
Hotel Pace Helvezia

Activity note: Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day over uneven sidewalks and cobblestone streets. Extended standing during the cooking lesson.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will set out on foot to Piazza Navona where we will meet the local expert who will explain how the long oval piazza was built by the Emperor Domitian (81-96) for track and field games. The buildings lining the piazza have the footprint of the bleachers. Now the quintessential Baroque piazza, it is home to artists and performers. Next stop on our walk is the Pantheon, the temple-celestial observatory engineered by the Emperor Hadrian around 122 CE. The niches along the interior perimeter are illuminated by the sun at different times of the year and day through the oculus in the ceiling, the only source of natural light. We will continue cooking school in the heart of Rome where we will learn how to make a typical Italian dish and dessert.

Lunch: At the cooking school.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Free Time, Spanish Steps
Rome
B,L
Hotel Pace Helvezia

Activity note: Walking up to 5 miles over uneven sidewalks and cobblestone streets with some inclines.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Late morning, we will walk to Piazza di Spagna. If you are already out and about, meet at the appointed time in the square.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: A local expert guides our exploration of the famous square and neighborhood of Rome. Free time follows; make your own way back to the hotel.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like in Rome. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Modern Rome
Rome
B,L,D
Hotel Pace Helvezia

Activity note: Getting on/off metro and vans. Up to 5 miles of walking on uneven city sidewalks and cobblestoned streets with some inclines.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: With the Group Leader we will board vans for the closest metro station and ride the metro to EUR, modern planned urban space on the southern edge of Rome. EUR is an acronym of Rome's Universal Exposition that was planned for 1942 but couldn't take place because of WWII. We'll meet our local expert who will describe the history of the district and lead our discovery of modern Rome.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Our walking field trip ends at the metro station where we'll board a ride back to the neighborhood of our hotel.

Dinner: In a local restaurant we will share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner. Transportation back to the hotel.

Evening: Evening at leisure. Prepare for check out and departure in the morning.

DAY
9
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel depending on departure time. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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