Denison students are elbow deep in Roman history for two weeks as they study monumental and domestic architecture, wall painting, mosaics, sculpture, coins, epigraphic evidence, maps and ancient sources.

These are not simply sight-seeing tours. By the end of the first day, students were expected to be able to identify tuff, travertine, marble at sight; know how Roman temples differed from Greek temples; know why the City of Rome is a “palimpsest” and point out examples; know what the triumphal procession is and how it affected the city of Rome and be able to navigate to the city center and back to the Centro on public transportation.

Visit the blog to get an inside view to daily developments and reflections as the students visit and learn from ancient sites:

As they travel throughout Rome and some of Italy, students will have some down time, here is a list of suggested opportunities to partake of - enjoy fueling your own Italian dreams!

  1. St. Peter’s Basilica, the dome, and Baldacchino
  2. The Basilica of St. John in Lateran, and adjacent buildings
  3. The Basilica of San Clemente, with two subterranean (including an ancient!) levels
  4. The Baths of Caracalla
  5. Rome’s Rose Garden, the Aventine Hill and Orange Garden, and the Keyhole
  6. Galleria Borghese
  7. Stroll through the Villa Borghese Park
  8. Vatican Museums
  9. Visit the Roman Houses beneath Palazzo Valentini 9. Trevi Fountain 10. Climb the Spanish Steps, find Keats-Shelley house, avoid flower sellers!
  10. Fontana della Barcaccia
  11. Have a gelato at Fatamorgana in Trastevere.
  12. Visit St. Peter in Chains
  13. Piazza del Popolo and Churches
  14. Visit Piazza Navona, find the Remains of Stadium of Domitian.
May 22, 2017