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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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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
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
Starting at
3,299
Oct 1 - Oct 9, 2023
Starting at
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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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
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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.





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