This two hour tour, led by a local historian, is designed to provide a perfect introduction to Rome for first timers, or to reorient returning travelers to the Italian capital. Over the course of the walk, we’ll get a broad but comprehensive look at the city’s many layers of history and cultures. We'll develop a working vocabulary of the city and its various neighborhoods, learning to decode the archaeological ruins from various eras, and parsing out the different characters of sections of the city.
- 2 hours with a PhD or MA-level guide
Next we’ll make our way over to the legendary Trevi Fountain, where we'll discuss the importance of water to the city, the competition that birthed its design, and the dramatic scene portrayed by its sculptures. Finally, working our way further south through central Rome's circuitous, scenic streets, we'll wrap up our walk at one of the city's most dramatic, commanding sites—the Pantheon. We will spend a certain amount of time explaining the sites along the route, but will also try to situate you in the city, orient you to its major areas, and answer any of your questions.
Please note, due to COVID restrictions in Rome, for private tours with more than two participants, we may require the use of a headset system. An additional fee may apply.
What is the dress code inside the Pantheon?
Liz, a native of San Francisco, California holds degrees in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and Università degli studi "La Sapienza", Rome. She specialized in restoration and urban design. Her restoration projects have brought her to work in direct contact with the rich historical layers of Rome and Italy. She has been leading study walks for Context Rome since its beginning and has lived in Rome since 1988 practicing architecture, researching design and lecturing at university study abroad programs.
Linda, PhD, is a specialist of 16th-17th century Italian art and architecture, history of archaeology since the Renaissance, and the history of art collecting and museums. Her main research interests are the critical reception of well-known Renaissance monuments, vernacular devotion, xenophobia and nationalism, and the politics of art display. In addition to doing walks for Context, Linda teaches for university programs in Rome.
Carol received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and holds M.A. degrees in Italian literature from the University of Toronto, where she has taught, and in art history from Boston University. Carol has been teaching for five years as adjunct faculty for several Rome study abroad programs and has been a guest lecturer in art history and restoration for numerous visiting American university summer programs. She has been a Visiting Fellow twice at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies in Amherst, Mass, where she has given numerous lectures and participated in conferences. Through her affiliation with various art institutes, Carol has participated in a variety of laboratory and fieldwork restoration projects throughout Tuscany and Lazio over the past eight years. She has treated numerous paintings, frescos, and gilded objects, and has worked on-site at locations such as Villa il Farneto in Vicchio, and Santa Maria Castagnolo. She is currently completing her Italian laurea in restoration. Carol also completed the graduate certificate program in Museum Studies from Tufts University with a specialization in conservation. With over five years of professional curatorial experience in the U.S. encompassing the care and treatment of art objects, she has authored numerous conservation grants and was a successful applicant to the Smithsonian Institution’s Collections Care program.
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