Roman Holiday

A week-long journey in Rome for friends of the Paideia Institute

June 29th - July 5th, 2019

The Paideia Institute invites you to join us for a one-week Roman Holiday this summer! This curated experience will give you opportunity to see some of Rome’s most famous cultural and historical sites, participate in discussions with Paideia staff and faculty, and get a glimpse of our summer courses in action. Rome is one of our favorite places, and we’re excited to share our favorite parts of it with you: the architecture, the history, the art, and, of course, the food!


Read on for highlights from our itinerary!



June 29: Explore the Palazzo Massimo

Visit the Palazzo Massimo which houses some of Rome's greatest archaeological treasures. Highlights include the Terme Boxer, a rare Hellenistic bronze sculpture, the opulently carved Portonaccio sarcophagus, and frescoes and mosaics from the Villa of Livia, wife of Augustus, at Prima Porta. 




June 30: Walk the Aventine Hill


Enjoy a walking tour of the Aventine Hill. One of the oldest neighborhoods in Rome, it is also the site of Stephen's school, where our Living Latin in Rome High School Program takes place. Spend the morning exploring the walls of ancient Rome, medieval basilicas, and even view another country when we visit the Rome headquarters of the Knights of Malta. 




July 1: Bernini masterpieces at the Galleria Borghese


The most spectacular of Rome’s public gardens, the Villa Borghese is also home to a world-class art collection. Among works by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Titian, Bernini’s sculptures stand out as superb examples of his imagination and skill. We’ll explore the gardens and take a tour of the collection’s highlights.




July 2: Private tour of the Vatican Observatory

A week in Rome is hardly complete without some time spent exploring the surrounding countryside. Join us for a day trip to Lake Nemi just outside the city, where we'll relax on the beach, have lunch at Da Tittò, and visit Castel Gandolfo, home of the historic Vatican Observatory.



July 3: Caravaggio’s Rome


Caravaggio’s paintings are justly celebrated throughout the world, and are prized features of many of the greatest collections. It was in Rome that he forged his reputation, and some of his most striking works can be found in the city’s churches, such as San Luigi dei Francesi and Santa Maria del Popolo. This walking tour will introduce you to the many Caravaggio masterworks hidden throughout the city.



July 4: Tosca
walking tour

Famously dubbed a “shabby little shocker” by a sour critic, Puccini’s
Tosca is his darkest, most intense tragedy, and his greatest. Set on June 17, 1800, the three-act opera takes place all within a single day in Rome, taking viewers from the Basilica di Sant’Andrea della Valle, down the street to the Palazzo Farnese, and finally up the banks of the Tiber to the Castel Sant’Angelo. Join us for a walking tour of the famous sites that set the scene for Tosca and discover how history and setting give the piece its unique character.


July 5: Auditorium of Maecenas

Built by a political ally of Augustus, Gaius Maecenas, the Auditorium was once set in a large garden complex that hosted intellectual gatherings and poetry readings for Rome's elite during the Julio-Claudian period. Virgil himself possibly presented his Aeneid at the Auditorium. Though little remains of the gardens today, the Auditorium boasts well-preserved frescoes and timeless ambiance. 




Nota Bene

Itinerary is subject to change. A per-day fee of $125 per person covers dinner each night and all entrance fees. Attendees are responsible for their own airfare and housing. We can recommend Hotel Gerber and Casa di Santa Brigida. If you need further recommendations, please contact

Attendees can join for the whole week or pick just a few days. Click below to reserve your place!