Roman Holiday

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

June 28th - July 3rd, 2020

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 what makes traveling with Paideia such a transformative experience for our students. 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 28: 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. 




June 29: Day Trip to Hadrian's Villa

Just like modern Romans, emperors, popes, and Renaissance nobles relished a chance to get out of the heat of the city. We'll take a day trip to nearby Tivoli, a remarkable town of 50,000 that is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sights. We'll see the spectacular ruins of Hadrian's villa, have lunch by the Temple of the Sibyl, and maybe catch a glimpse of the renowned Villa d'Este.




June 30: 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 1: 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 complete with musical excerpts, and discover how the famous sites of Rome inspired Puccini's gripping drama.



July 2: The Vatican Museum and the Niccoline Chapel

The Vatican is known around the world for the stunning beauty of its Italian Renaissance architecture, as well as for the world-class art collections housed in its museums. Join us for a special guided tour that will include the main collections, the Sistine Chapel, and the 15th-century Niccoline Chapel, an area usually closed to the general public.







July 3: 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.



Nota Bene

Itinerary is subject to change. A per-day fee of $125 per person covers lunch or dinner near the visit 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 [email protected]

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