Falco's Rome with Lindsey Davis

Inside the Pantheon
Inside the Pantheon
Inside the Pantheon
Inside the Pantheon
Exterior facade of the Basilica of Santa Sabina
Exterior facade of the Basilica of Santa Sabina
Views from the top of the Aventine Hill
Views from the top of the Aventine Hill
Pizza Navona
Pizza Navona
Monastery of Sacred Cave (Sacro Speco) of Saint Benedict in Subiaco
Monastery of Sacred Cave (Sacro Speco) of Saint Benedict in Subiaco
Trajans Column
Trajans Column

Rome is a city of monumental buildings, tall apartment blocks and narrow winding streets, relieved only by the occasional public spaces and kept moving by the great highways and a port of entry on the coast. This is modern Rome, but the words are just as true of the ancient metropolis, seat of empire and mistress of the world, from fog-bound northern Britain to the gritty Syrian Desert.

Such a city has a thousand stories hidden in its teeming streets and during this special tour we will be guided by Lindsey Davis, whose novels of the investigators Marcus Didius Falco and Flavia Albia have brought the city to life in all its glorious and nefarious splendour. Join us as we follow in Falco’s footsteps, visiting palaces, slums, ports and country estates as we trace the unforgettable tale of ancient Rome.

  • Travel in the company of esteemed novelist Lindsey Davis as she takes you on a unique tour of Falco’s Rome
  • Visit some rarely visited sites, including the Domus Aurea, Domitian’s Palace in Castel Gandolfo and the Mithraeum underneath the Circus Maximus
  • Enjoy a series of evening lectures, where your knowledge about this destination and its history will be expanded in engaging ways

Themes

  • Romans
  • Great Cities

Practicalities

  • Just One Hotel

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We meet at Heathrow Airport in London and have an independent lunch before our flight to Rome, which will arrive in the afternoon. Upon arrival in this vibrant and historic city, we enjoy an evening exploratory walk around the Imperial Fora. Dinner will follow later back at the hotel, where there is a further opportunity to socialise and get to know our fellow travellers.
Meals: Dinner
Hotel: The Hotel Forum, Rome

Day 2

After breakfast, we take a 25-minute walk to the Forum Boarium, taking in the Insula dell’Ara Coeli by the Vittoriano en route. From here, we explore the Theatre of Marcellus, the Temples of Hercules Victor and Portunus, and the Ponte Rotto. There will be a coffee break late morning and then we move on to the ancient Statio Annonae, where the dole was distributed in antiquity, which is now the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. We then walk to the Circus Maximus, and finally have private access to the Mithraeum underneath the Circus. In the afternoon, we walk to the Aventine via the Clivus Publicius and then visit the Basilica of Santa Sabina, where we will explore the rarely seen excavations underneath the basilica. On the Aventine, Lindsey will talk about the bustling hill which was home to Falco and Flavia Albia. Later, we walk to the Piazza dei Cavaglieri di Malta, to look through Piranesi’s Keyhole. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant and there’ll be an informative evening
Meals: All meals included
Hotel: The Hotel Forum, Rome

Day 3

Our day begins with a drive to the Pontifical Villas at Castel Gandolfo, where we will be exploring the remains of the once sumptuous Villa of Domitian, which are now in the Barberini Gardens. After lunch, we move to the more rustic remains of Horace’s Sabine Villa in Licenza, made famous by his poetry.
Meals: All meals included
Hotel: The Hotel Forum, Rome

Day 4

Today we will take a short walk to the Palazzo Valentini, where we will explore the extraordinary remains of luxurious senatorial domus. We then walk to the Pantheon where we explore this unique temple which still boasts has the largest un reinforced concrete dome. We continue to Piazza Navona, once Domitian’s Stadium, where we will consider the emperor, whom Lindsey Davis wrote about in Master and God. We end the morning with a visit to the Gladiator’s Museum. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you see fit. Why not go to Trajan’s Markets or the Ara Pacis, or simply enjoy an aperitivo ahead of dinner. This evening Lindsey Davis will have a dialogue with her editor in which she discusses the creative journey of a novel.
Meals: All meals included
Hotel: The Hotel Forum, Rome

Day 5

We enjoy breakfast and then walk to one of the highlights of the tour, namely the Domus Aurea, Nero’s Golden House. After a quick stop for coffee, we walk to the Caelian Hill hunting for further traces of the Domus Aurea, which covered four of Rome’s seven hills. These remains include the podium where Nero placed a colossal statue of himself, as well as Nero’s Nymphaeum. We will continue by visiting the apartment blocks on the Caelian Hill, buried underneath the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. After lunch, we explore the Palatine with Lindsey, where we explore further remnants of the Domus Aurea, before examining the Domus Flavia and Tiberiana. We end the day with a visit to the Forum. Before dinner, Lindsey will have an informal chat about Rome and/or her literary characters.
Meals: All meals included
Hotel: The Hotel Forum, Rome

Day 6

The final day of our tour is upon us, but we make the most of it with a visit to the archaeological site of Ostia Antica. After our last lunch in glorious Italy, which is at Ristorante Monumento, we transfer to the airport and make our way back home to London.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels - 5 nights accommodation at the Forum Hotel with stunning views over the heart of ancient Rome
  8. Flights

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2019 Tour Details

Tue 19th November - Sun 24th November

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£2,495

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sgl supp: £295

FRO19A

Led By: Dr Eireann Marshall , Lindsey Davis

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