After breakfast in our hotel, we’ll set out this morning with our local guide to explore Rome’s earliest origins. With the stories, myths, and poetry of Virgil, Ovid, and Cicero to open our imaginations, we’ll experience Rome of classical antiquity. As we visit the Palatine hill we’ll see the site where the early shepherd peoples became the rulers of the world. In the forum, we’ll stroll along the ancient Roman streets where the stones and giant columns of temples and marketplaces still sing of the great marvels of Rome. As we climb the Capitoline, once home to the great temple of Jupiter, we’ll join the ranks of emperors, artists, and pilgrims whose notions of justice, peace, and beauty have withstood the rise and fall of centuries.
Our morning pilgrimage will conclude with a visit to the Pantheon, the first century Roman temple dedicated to all the gods. There are few finer ways of breathing the luminous air of the ancients and marveling at the stoic aspirations towards the sublime than by crossing the threshold into the Pantheon.
This afternoon we’ll be free to continue our exploration through Rome’s vast museums and antiquity. After dinner and gelato this evening we'll regroup for an evening stroll through the city where we’ll see Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Spanish steps come to life in the twilight.
*options: there is so much to see in Rome that we could easily spend a week just here. The Borghese Gallery, the Capitoline Museum, the National Museum at Palazzo Massimo, the Baths of Diocletian, the Appian way, the catacombs, Saint Peter’s and the Vatican Museum, and countless churches can simply not be seen in two days. These can be added according to school curricula and relevance.
Recommended readings for Rome: Aeneid book 6, Ovid, Metamorphoses and the founding of Rome, Plutarch’s Lives, Julius Caesar, Keats, Shelly, or memorize your favorite Cicero poem to recite in the Forum.
Walking strenuous: 4-8 miles