Dates: 7-14 October 2017

From ancient settlements on the hills to the Fascist era expansion, from its founding in the 8th century BC to its presence as a thriving European metropolis today, no other city has witnessed as much history as Rome. This course follows that evolution through its major phases, focusing on architecture but not only, choosing several principal monuments from each period to visit and analyze in-depth.

This exclusive educational travel program offers:

  • Small numbers (6-12 participants)
  • Instructors with intimate knowledge of the city
  • Special visits to sites (many rarely accessible to the public)
  • A sense of the Italian community through hands-on activities and interaction with Italians
  • Centrally located luxury hotels
  • Excellent food, locally sourced

Program Fee includes lodging, breakfast and one other meal most days, ground transportation, instruction,  entry fees, gratuities and local taxes.

Tentative Program


Upon your arrival, rest up or explore before our casual early-evening welcome gathering.

Day One: The Ancient City 

A rich full-day walk that will acquaint you with the layout of the city from the Campus Martius to the seven hills. We will visit the Pantheon, the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum and the Colosseum as well as many lesser-known treasures, stopping for a memorable lunch along the way.

Day Two: Ancient Rome’s Port 

A comfortable minibus will take us out past the Aurelian Walls to Ostia Antica, Rome’s ancient port city, preserved in mud as Pompeii is preserved in lava. Here local conservation experts will take us behind the scenes to introduce us to the problems of ancient cultural heritage sites. Lunch on the site will be followed by time for exploration, sketching and photography. Then before returning to Rome we will take a drive along the Mediterranean coast and stop for a walk along the beach.

Day Three: Medieval Transformations 

Back in Rome we will examine its condition following the Barbarian invasions. Visits to churches such as Santa Prassede and underground sites such as the Domus Aurea, San Clemente and the Roman homes under SS. Giovanni e Paolo will illustrate the transformation of the city in the middle ages. In the afternoon, participants may choose to visit St. John’s in the Lateran or the excavations of the Crypta Balbi or just relax or shop.

Day Four: The Renaissance comes to Rome 

We will examine several examples of High Renaissance building in Rome such as Peruzzi’s Villa Farnesina, Bramante’s Tempietto, Raphael’s Church of Sant’Eligio degli Orefici and Michelangelo’s Palazzo Farnese. The morning session will end with lunch in Trastevere.

Day Five: The Flowering of the Baroque 

To examine the transition from Renaissance to Baroque we will look at two important works of architecture and sculpture by Borromini and Bernini: San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Coronaro Chapel in Santa Maria della Vittoria.

Day Six: The 20th Century and Beyond 

We will look at several examples of early modern works of architecture from the Fascist era and discuss the contemporary design scene in Rome with a studio/job site visit to be arranged, plus a special visit to Richard Meier’s Ara Pacis museum. Throughout the week we will have encouraged sketching, picture-taking, writing, documenting, collecting, etc., and on our final day participants will have an occasion to share their observations in an informal manner at a reception followed by dinner at a private palace with guests from the community.


After breakfast we will say our goodbyes and look forward to the next Studio Rome study trip.

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