• Uncover the various historical layers of Rome’s churches and basilicas while exploring the development of early Christian art in Rome
• Soak up the Vatican’s awe-inspiring atmosphere, visiting St Peter’s Basilica and examining the papal tombs in the underground Necropolis
• See astonishing frescoes in situ, including at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
BA, BD, FSAScot
specialist in archaeology and ancient history
Flight from London to Rome on British Airways. Transfer to Albergo Santa Chiara for five nights.
Morning: San Crisogono (Paleochristian crypt), Santa Cecilia and the 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. Evening talk: Early Christian Rome.
Morning: Catacombs of Priscilla (frescoes including earliest image of Madonna and Child), 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 Clemente and Santi Cosma e Damiano, followed by some free time in the area of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Afternoon: San Giovanni in Laterano, Sancta Sanctorum cappella papale, Santi Quattro Coronati. 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. Flight from Rome to London.
22 Feb — 27 Feb 2021
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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 is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £150.
Cost of £1895 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a standard twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single standard room supplement £50, single superior room supplement £95.