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Yale Educational Travel

Rome: Then and Now with Diana E. E. Kleiner

June 24 - July 1, 2017

Yale’s Educational Travel and Center for Teaching and Learning present a unique opportunity to experience an Italian journey with Professor Diana E. E. Kleiner. Join Professor Kleiner as she leads a group through Rome, bringing to life the iconic landmarks and structures from the MOOC: Roman Architecture. Access a PDF of the full itinerary or register now for the program.

In the words of Professor Diana E. E. Kleiner:

“In Rome, the ancient world lives on in the present with remnants of ancient architecture and more modern edifices providing a unique backdrop for contemporary Italian life. Rome is a city that remembers its extravagant emperors, virtuous Vestal Virgins, fearless gladiators, and imaginative entrepreneurs, and where they lived, worked, and were memorialized, while also celebrating its extravagant Baroque churches and endlessly flowing fountains. It is also a place for connoisseurs of art and of style, and of the inimitable Italian art of living, in other words, “la dolce vita.” And, as ever, Rome offers an array of delicious Italian cuisine and an incomparable selection of gelaterias, surely more per square inch than any other Italian city!

I am thrilled to welcome you on a tour of my personal highlights that will combine visiting some of the sites we discussed in class, as well as additional points of interest I have chosen specially for this trip. After studying so much of Rome’s art and architecture through books and online, I know you will find it immensely gratifying to visit or revisit these monuments together. Indeed, we will all generate new ideas about them that would not have occurred to us otherwise. I very much look forward to experiencing ancient and modern Rome together and to our shared learning adventure. See you there!”

Diana E. E. Kleiner  |  Dunham Professor of History of Art and Classics  |  Yale University

Below is a brief summary of the schedule:

It begins with an afternoon stroll to the Pantheon, “the greatest building ever built.” Famous landmarks will appear on our way, like Bernini’s Baroque Four Rivers Fountain. Welcome dinner to follow and an early night’s sleep for the next morning’s visit to the Palatine Museum, Roman Forum, Markets of Trajan and Domus Romane in Palazzo Valentini. We have a day trip to Ostia, the ancient harbour town that was also Rome’s first colony (350 B.C). We will also stop at a museum that boasts what may be one of the few surviving portraits of Cleopatra (yes, THE Cleopatra!), made in Rome when she resided in Julius Caesar’s villa. We will take a visit by bus to four of ancient Rome’s most iconic buildings: Augustus’ Ara Pacis first, then the Mausoleum of Hadrian. Climb the spiral path to the summit and study the view from above. Then, on to the impressive remains of the Baths of Caracalla, and finally a dramatic nighttime visit to the Colosseum.

Rome was ringed with imperial seaside vacation homes. We will visit what may be Tiberius’ villa at Sperlonga, still stunning with elaborately decorated rooms and beautiful fishponds and then move on to experience the mountain Sanctuary of Jupiter Anxur at Terracina. On the final day, we draw an arc of time and explore the oldest forum in Rome, the Forum Boarium or cattle forum, which served primarily as a meat and fish market, the Temple of Portunus and the Temple of Hercules, remains of the Jewish Ghetto, and finally the world-famous Capitoline Museums. End on a high note with a special rooftop lunch, a visit to Rome’s Largo Argentina with its impressive row of four early Roman temples, and a bit of free time in the afternoon for last-minute gift shopping!

You have the option to extend your stay for two more days. Via Appia on the first day: majestic Aurelian Walls, pyramidal Tomb of Gaius Cestius, round Tomb of Caecilia Metella, the Villa of Maxentius, round Tomb of Romulus, and more. Second day: drive to Palestrina (ancient Praeneste), and see some of the most ambitious and sophisticated examples of early Roman concrete architecture. Lunch in Tivoli with the “Temple of Vesta“ on view, followed by a visit to the vast site of Hadrian’s Villa, with a theater, Temple of Venus, Canopus and Serapeum, Large Baths, Tomb of Antinous, and a museum belonging to the site.


Access the official itinerary for "Rome: Then and Now," a journey in Italy from June 24 – July 1, 2017