• Study Rome’s churches and basilicas in depth on an exploration of the development of early Christian art in Rome
• Spend time at the Vatican visiting St Peter’s Basilica and examining the papal tombs in the Necropolis
• See astonishing frescoes in situ, including at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
BA, BD, FSAScot
specialist in archaeology and ancient history
Depart London Heathrow 1245, arriving Rome Fiumicino 1620. Transfer to Albergo Santa Chiara for five nights.
Morning talk: Early Christian Rome followed by visits to Santa Cecilia, San Crisogono (Paleochristian crypt), Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere. Afternoon: Santa Sabina (fine example of an early Christian church in Rome), Santa Maria in Cosmedin and San Giorgio in Velabro.
Morning: Santa Costanza and Sant’Agnese. Afternoon: Santa Maria Maggiore (nave and triumphal arch mosaics), Santa Pudenziana and Santa Prassede. Evening talk: The Development of Early Christian Art.
Morning: San Giovanni in Laterano, Sancta Sanctorum and Baptistery (early mosaics and frescoes) followed by some free time in the area of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Afternoon: San Clemente and Santi Cosma e Damiano. Free evening.
Visits in the Vatican City: St Peter’s Basilica and Necropolis. Afternoon: Castel Sant’Angelo.
Morning walking tour: Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Santa Maria sopra Minerva and Campo de’ Fiori. Depart Rome 1715, arriving Heathrow 1900.
24 Feb — 29 Feb 2020
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Please note that this tour has a full itinerary and involves extensive walking, including over many cobbled streets, so a good level of fitness is required. The coach may not be able to drop the group directly outside the hotel.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:
Cost of £1845 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single superior room supplement £95, single standard room supplement £50.