Explore the rich culture of ancient Rome as it resonates through modern Italy. Come prepared to eat great food and lots of gelato, and become an expert in all things Roman!
Please note that plans are tentative. Sites are often closed for repairs and/or only open on certain days. For additional information or questions, please contact Clint Hagen
Flight from DFW to Naples, Italy
Arrive Naples, bus to Sorrento
Sorrento, famous for its lemons, will be our base for the next few days while we explore the Roman archeological sites in the Bay of Naples.
Pompeii – Herculaneum – Vesuvius
Visit Pompeii and Herculaneum, two cities buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. We will also climb Mt. Vesuvius itself and see the still-smoking crater.
Visit the Villa Jovis, Tiberius' palace on Capri, ride the funicular to the top of Anacapri and take in the beautiful view, enter the mysterious Blue Grotto, and explore the rest of this beautiful island.
AM: National Archeological Museum
Houses most of the artifacts recovered from Pompeii and Herculaneum
PM: to Rome
With a stop at Hadrian's Villa and imperial palace at Tivoli on the way.
AM: Forum and Colosseum
Explore the Roman Forum and visit the Colosseum
PM: Piazza Navona, Column of Marcus Aurelius, Pantheon
Street vendors at the Piazza Navona, Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers, Marcus Aurelius' victory column, Hadrian's Pantheon, and Rome's best gelato down the street!
Vatican Museums and St. Peter's
Visit the Vatican, the center of Roman Catholicism and the only country where Latin is the official language. See St. Peter's Cathedral, Michelangelo's Pieta, and the Vatican museums, which house some of the great works of Roman art. Maybe even use an ATM in Latin!
AM: Eur and Museo della Civilta
EUR is Mussolini's city-within-a-city, a monument of fascist architecture. Visit his Museum of Roman Civilization and see Roman through Mussolini's eyes.
PM: Ostia Antica + beach time
Check out the ruins of Ostia, Rome's port city, and chill at the beach.
AM: Capitoline Museum
Overlooking the Roman Forum, this museum contains some of Rome's greatest artistic treasures
PM: Montemartini Museum, Pyramid of Cestius, Aurelian Wall
The Montemartini contains parts of the Capitoline collection that do not fit in the primary museum. Visit the Pyramid of Cestius, an Egyptian-style pyramid tomb, which you can now go inside. Check out the ruins of the old Aurelian city wall.
AM: Circus Maximus, Baths of Caracalla
It's a morning to explore Roman entertainments. Imagine yourself as a chariot racer, and wonder what it would be like to be in a public bath.
PM: Domus Aurea / San Clemente / Arch of Constantine / San Pietro in Vincoli
Nero's Golden Palace has been newly excavated and restored. Go deep into San Clemente, one of Rome's oldest churches, and hear the underground river the Romans built to drain the forum. See Michelangelo's Moses at San Pietro in Vincoli.
Rome to DFW