Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at La Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre. Her main field of interest is ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture; however, she is an accomplished scholar whose teaching ability extends to the Renaissance and Baroque Rome.
- As a scholar in ancient topography, Livia is an expert on the layers hidden below the modern city. We’ll explore subterranean levels of churches such as San Lorenzo in Lucina to access a buried basicilia, or San Clemente to step into the hidden temple of a cult, piazzas, palazzos, and department stores like Rinascente, which houses the Aqua Virgo aqueduct and reconstruct ancient Rome as we go.
- Venture out to the ancient harbor of the city of Rome, Ostia Antica, which lies about 40 minutes west of the city centre. At this amazing archaeological park, which rivals Pompeii, we will witness the development of a Roman town from its beginnings as a military garrison protecting the salt pans at the mouth of the Tiber river, to the home of the warehouses of the city, and into the luxury summer estates of the Patricians. Through these diverse sites, Livia will provide you with a deeper understanding of the changes that occurred in Roman society through the centuries.
- The National Roman Museum of Palazzo Massimo, a 19th-century palace in Neo-Renaissance style, houses one of the world's most important collections of Classical art. On the four floors of this museum, we’ll discover sculptures, frescoes and mosaics, coins and jewels that document the evolution of Roman artistic culture from the late Republican age through Late Antiquity (2nd c. BCE through 5th c. CE). A highlight of the collections are the domestic frescoes. Installed as they would have been in situ, we will enter living rooms and bedrooms surrounded by ancient frescoes just as the Roman did.
- The Baths of Diocletian are the largest thermal complex built in Rome. Sitting atop Viminal, the smallest of the seven hills of Rome, we’ll learn how this part of this complex was transformed into and the magnificent Church of S. Maria degli Angeli by Michelangelo.
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