Classroom based program; walking according to personal preference. Join us in the main lobby each morning for "gentle stretches."
In the Assembly Inn Dining Room, early morning coffee will be out around 6:30 a.m. Come to the lobby from 7;30 - 7:45 for some gentle stretches with Martha Nelson. The breakfast buffet is available from 7:30-8:30 a.m. with rotating daily choices such as biscuits and gravy, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, grits, hash browns, French toast, pancakes, oatmeal, cereal, granola, yogurt, fresh fruit, baked pastries, juices, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll begin with an examination of the establishment of Rome as the center of the known world and the early Christians, and what will become known as Vatican City. We take a brief look at political and religious events, such as the establishment of Constantinople (330) the Sack of Rome (410), and the Eastern and Western Empires in Ravenna (402, 547) to set a stage for our discussions of the formal establishment of the Throne of St. Peter in Rome and the founding of the Vatican Museum and the early Sistine Chapel. After a mid-morning refreshment break, we’ll return to class to examine the Etruscans and the settlement of Florentia in the valley below Fiesole. We focus on the early Roman years with the establishment of the city now called Florence (Firenze in Italian). We look at the archeological research of formerly pagan first century Roman religious, secular and political structures to the 13th century medieval plan of Florence’s towers, palazzi and piazze, as we also focus on the importance and impact of the Arno River.
In the Assembly Inn Dining Room
After lunch we focus briefly on Dante and the importance of the mosaics of the baptistery of Florence, and the city’s patron saint, John the Baptist, along with a look at the century’s old tradition of Easter Sunday celebration in Florence. We discuss the guilds and the beginnings of the de’ Medici dynasty with Giovanni de Bicci de’ Medici and Cosimo (the Elder) de’ Medici as we look at David as a political and civic theme of the city and highlight the sculpture of Donatello, and the maxim ---“Man is the measure of all things”. The remainder of the afternoon is free. You might like to participate in the Walk Around Montreat that includes a visit to the Chapel of the Prodigal and viewing the “Prodigal Son” fresco by Ben Long.
Dining Room buffet.
Our evening program will feature a local musician/band or a storyteller. The remainder of the evening is at leisure, with activities in the lobby of the Inn for fellowship.