Italy

Early Christianity in Rome and The West

 

Colosseum, Rome, Italy Inside View
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Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Inside View

Benvenuti in Italia! Welcome to Italy – a country as famous for its history, archaeology and art as it is for its dolce vita. Both a sacred and historical place, Italy bears witness to the unparalleled Roman Empire, the splendor of the Italian Renaissance and some of the best museums in the world. Wonderful food, delightful people and each landscape more beautiful than the last are just a few more reasons why Italy is one of the most popular destinations in the world. We will be delighted to share this enchanting country with you, and hope that you’ll join us for the journey of a lifetime.

 

Day 01 Depart from New York – Fly to Rome

Day 02 Arrive Rome Airport

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. You will be met at the airport and then transferred by private coach to the hotel. After settling in, we will set off on an orientation walk through the Centro Storico – the historical center – and see the famous monuments and piazzas that make Rome the most magnificent of Italian cities. The ancient Romans referred to Rome as Caput Mundi – the head of the world. As the center of the Roman Republic and then the Empire, Rome witnessed 1,000 years of one of the greatest civilizations in the world before becoming the seat of what is now the Catholic Church. Evidence of the glory of ancient Rome and the Italian Renaissance can be seen throughout the historical center. These and many other treasures are ours to explore before a welcome dinner to celebrate the beginning of a wonderful trip. Overnight in Rome. (D)

Day 03 Rome

Our morning begins with a visit to one of the most important museums in the world. Legally its own country, Vatican City is the head and administrative center of the Catholic Church. One of the most extensive museum collections in the world, the museum is also home to the Sistine Chapel, where the legendary Michelangelo created one of his most famous masterpieces on the ceiling. After the museums we will visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest Catholic basilica ever built. It’s soaring dome was engineered by Michelangelo and the artist’s famous Pieta sculpture and countless other artistic wonders make St. Peter’s church one of the most awe–inspiring buildings in the world. Following lunch, we will be given a rare, very special tour of the ancient necropolis beneath the Basilica of St. Peter’s – the site of St. Peter’s tomb. We will then head over to the Basilica of San Clemente, a church whose multiple subterranean levels attest to 2,000 years of the neighborhood’s history. We will wrap up our day with a tour of a site that features some subterranean ancient Roman homes with a very special and sacred history. Overnight in Rome. (B,D)

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Vatican

Day 04 Rome

We begin the day with a visit to the Pantheon, a building dedicated to the worship of the state gods and for the imperial cult. Then, we will explore the famous Colosseum – the largest ancient amphitheater in the world and the site of countless gladiator games. In the afternoon we will tour the Roman forum, the administrative capital of the Empire and the site of some of the most famous speeches in history by the likes of Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony and Cicero. As we leave the forum we will pay a visit to the site of the Mamertine prison, where according to tradition St. Peter was incarcerated before his execution in 64 A.D. This will be followed by a short journey outside the city center to visit one of the most unique catacomb complexes in the city: The Catacombs of St. Priscilla, which features the earliest known depiction of the Virgin Mary is located.Overnight in Rome. (B,D)

Forum, Italy
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Forum, Italy

Day 05 Ostia

Today, we will enjoy a full day tour of Ostia, the port city for Rome. Here we will examine the homes, baths, theater, warehouses, and shop lined city streets of this excellently preserved and well excavated ancient city. Additionally,in Ostia we will visit the ancient synagogue. Here, archaeologists discovered the earliest synagogue ever found in Europe. Overnight in Naples. (B,D)

Day 06 Pompeii – Sorrento

This morning we will tour Pompeii, the site of one of history’s most dramatic disasters and one of archaeology’s most enlightening and evocative excavations. In 79 A.D., a powerful eruption of Mt. Vesuvius completely buried the ancient Roman port cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Centuries later, what was an unmitigated disaster for the ancient inhabitants of these cities created an almost perfect snapshot of life in ancient Rome at the end of the 1st century. The remarkable state of preservation of both cities is a wonder for both modern visitors and archaeologists alike, and walking through these ancient streets is an astonishing experience that no history enthusiast should miss. Overnight in Sorrento. (B,D)

Day 07 Herculaneum – Sorrento

Today we will visit Pompeii’s sister city Herculaneum, which shared Pompeii’s fate during the catastrophic volcanic eruption. Completely buried by rock and ash during the 79 A.D. eruption, a visit to the site of Herculaneum allows us to continue our extraordinary journey through 1st century Rome. We shall also witness how this ancient natural disaster did not spare even the most elite of Roman society. A visit to the perfectly preserved Villa Poppaea, the seaside vacation home of the Emperor Nero’s wife that was also buried in the eruption, provides us with a unique insight into the private life of one of Rome’s most notorious imperial families. We will finish the day with a tour of the Archaeological Museum of Naples, where the most important remains of the nearby buried cities are on display. Overnight in Sorrento. (B,D)

Day 08 Paestum – Rome

Our final full day will see us traveling south to Paestum, the site of three of the world’s most beautifully preserved Greek temples, as well as some extremely unique and rare tombs from the same period. After lunch in the modern city of Paestum, located by the sea just a short drive from the ancient temples, we’ll travel north again to Rome, where we will enjoy our final farewell dinner. Overnight in Rome. (B,D)

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Paestum, Italy

Day 09 Fly back to New York

Arrivederci Italia! You will be transferred by private coach to the airport in Rome, where you will depart for the U.S., arriving the same day. Come back soon!

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  • International flight from New York* to Rome
  • 5 nights at 4 star hotel in Rome
  • 1 night at 4 star hotel in Naples
  • 2 nights at 4 star hotel in Sorrento
  • Daily breakfast and 7 dinners at the hotels
  • Farewell Dinner at local restaurant on the last evening
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All escorted transfers
  • English speaking, Bible–oriented, license professional tour guide(s) throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to all sites as per the itinerary
  • Transportation in A/C Bus throughout the tour
  • Service charges and local taxes
  • Tips to Hotel staff

EXCLUDING:

  • Visa Fees (if applicable). Citizens of ALL other countries are responsible for checking their own countries’ visa regulations for travel.
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance may be given as a separate package at an extra cost. Travel Insurance agreement is contract between the traveller and the Insurance Company (American Express or other)
  • Tips to the tour guide & to the bus driver
  • Any expenses not mentioned at the above “including” list

*Please ask for our special add-on prices for departures from other US or Canadian cities.

  1 comment for “Italy

  1. laarni bautista
    April 5, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    How much is this tour? Thank u.

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