Usually ignored except by the occasional day tripper, the countryside around Rome has some of the most beautiful villages, villas and gardens in all of Italy.
— Tom Rankin, Study Leader

Archaeology, Architecture and Astonishing Views

This programs focuses on sites whose history dates back to the Etruscans and continues to the present day. Always a popular retreat from Rome, the region has been the stomping grounds of emperors, nobility and today the creative classes looking for an escape from Italy’s capital.

DATES:  25-31 October 2020 (7 days and 6 nights )
STUDY LEADERS: Tom Rankin and chosen English-speaking experts in art and architecture.

COST:  From $5,000/person double-occupancy including 6 nights bed and breakfast; meals and other food (including wine), activities, and transport as described; tips; and airport transfers. Private room supplement US$1000.

  • Stay 2-nights in the heart of Etruria, then 4-nights in a charming inn east north of Rome in the Alban Hills, and the last luxurious night at an elegant coastal villa. 

  • Explore ancient archaeological sites from the Etruscans to the Roman Emperors. 

  • Learn about architecture and landscape on-site from experts and explore hard-to-access sites such as crypts, cloisters and construction sites. 

  • If so inclined, participants will have time to sketch, with coaching from the study leader, an avid urban sketcher.

  • Head out on a private excursion to explore the Roman countryside including aqueducts and ancient villas. 

  • Build memories to last a lifetime in a  week that begins with a hands-on exploration to an active excavation site and ends with a visit to Rome’s top international design firm.

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