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FORL 192 TR: Intro to Ancient and Renaissance Rome

February 23–March 4, 2023 (Spring Break)

Discover Rome’s ancient history, incredible architecture, and delicious food during a spring break trip to Italy led by Dr. Jean-Pierre Lalande. During the trip, you’ll visit Roman ruins, such as the Colosseum, Column of Trajan, Roman Forum, and the Arch of Constantine. You’ll also enjoy day trips to Pompeii and Florence, among other once-in-a-lifetime activities. By the end of your trip, you will understand why Rome is known as the “Eternal City.”

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Faculty Facilitators 

Dr. Jean-Pierre Lalande

Professor of French and Latin

JP Lalande

Mrs. Anne Reid

Retired Associate VP for Finance

Anne Reid


  • Tuition: None, if taken in course load
  • Program Fee: $1,795
  • Airfare: Included
  • Insurance Fee: $75 (optional upgrades available)
  • Meals & Personal Funds: Varies

Quick Facts

  • Application: 2023 is now open
  • Program Length: 10 Days
  • Credits: 1/2 Unit
  • Eligibility: 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Language: English
  • Elevate: Travel Voucher eligible for current sophomores

All the landmarks mentioned in this itinerary will be visited. Some changes may be made in the order they will be visited depending upon the weather.

Day 1: Overnight flight to Rome, Italy.

Day 2: Arrive in Rome Fiumicino Airport. In the late afternoon, we take a short walk to Piazza Venezia to get acquainted with the city and for our first sights of such landmarks as the Colosseum, the Column of Trajan, the Roman Forum and the Arch of Constantine. The evening is free.

Day 3: Visit the Colosseum. After a lunch break, we go to the Forum and the Palatine.

Day 4: Morning visit of the Fori Imperiali. After lunch we take a long walk to see the Roman Pantheon (short lecture), Piazza Navona (another short lecture), the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps (comments). The evening is free.

Day 5: Morning lecture focusing on Ancient Rome landmarks we have visited, their major features, their religious, social and political importance and the terminology that describes them. Following the lecture, we visit of the Baths of Caracalla, then walk through the Circus Maximus to the Temple of Portunus, the temple of Hercules Victor and the Arch of Janus. After a late breakfast we walk to the Campidoglio for a beautiful view of the square with the statue of Marcus Aurelius. On the way back to the hotel, we stop at the church San Pietro in Vincoli to see Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of Moses. The rest of the evening is free.

Day 6: Early morning departure for a full day trip to Florence. We take a high-speed train and arrive in Florence in mid-morning which gives us time to see the famous cathedral (Duomo) and Giotto’s Bell Tower. After lunch we proceed to the Galleria dell’Accademia to see, among others, the statue of David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo. The rest of the afternoon will be free to walk around the Ponte Vecchio and get better acquainted with the historic city. We regroup at the end of the day (after dinner) for our return to Rome.

Day 7: Morning lecture focusing on what we have seen during the last two days and an introduction to Pompeii. The rest of the day will be free.

Day 8: Early morning departure for a full day trip to Pompeii. A bus takes us from Rome to Naples and to Pompeii. Pompeii was a prosperous city near Naples until August 24, 79AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed all life in the city. Today Pompeii is a city “frozen” forever. The bus brings us back to Rome in the early evening and the rest of the day is free.

Day 9: Morning lecture with presentation of the topic of the day: the Vatican. Today will be devoted to a visit of the Vatican, its museums, the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica. After the visit the rest of the day will be free until we regroup for a last dinner together.

Day 10: Fly back to the US

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