Hidden Rome

Borromini False Perspective
Borromini False Perspective
Vault, Interior of the Fourth Century S. Constanza - photo courtesy of Shaun Dunphy
Vault, Interior of the Fourth Century S. Constanza - photo courtesy of Shaun Dunphy
Rome's roof-tops - photo courtesy of Bert Kaufman
Rome's roof-tops - photo courtesy of Bert Kaufman
Basillica Santa Sabina
Basillica Santa Sabina
Dome and columns, Interior of Santa Constanza - photo courtesy of Seier & Seier
Dome and columns, Interior of Santa Constanza - photo courtesy of Seier & Seier
Baths of Caracalla
Baths of Caracalla
Mithraeum san clemente rome
Mithraeum san clemente rome

Rome is much more than you see on the surface. Behind the grand Renaissance architecture and medieval churches, the city is laid out on ancient Roman lines. Elegant facades hide crumbling ancient masonry and to truly appreciate this legacy, you have to delve beyond the usual marble monuments and beneath the modern streets. During our tour, we explore a hidden world of buried houses, underground temples, and secret catacombs usually only accessible to specialists.

A truly exclusive break, Hidden Rome takes care of all your needs; enjoy a 5* hotel in the heart of the ancient city, and a spectacular Michelin starred meal with a view over Rome and the dome of St Peter’s Basilica.

  • Special access to the Secret Archives of the Vatican, usually only permitted to officials and scholars
  • An insiders guide to ancient Rome - with access to working excavations, hidden Roman sites and museums
  • Out of hours access to the world-famous Capitoline Museum, home to many of the treasures of ancient Rome

Themes

  • Romans
  • Historic Churches
  • Great Cities

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • Small Group
  • Just One Hotel
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2017

Day 1

We fly to Rome.

Day 2

Our first day in Rome begins with a trip up the Aventine Hill, to visit the elegant Santa Sabina. We continue to the Forum Boarium, an ancient food market where the boats unloaded their cargoes.

We have special access to the Mithraeum of the Circus Maximus. Preserved below a former pasta factory, and now the Opera stores; the Mithraeum was tucked in below the stairs of the Great Altar of Hercules, itself built near where the hero killed the monster Cacus.

After lunch we visit the titanic Baths of Caracalla, before ending the day at the Tomb of Pomponius Hylas and the Tomb of Scipios.

Day 3

We travel out of the city to the Via Nomentana, one of the great consular roads leading away from Rome. We visit Santa Constanza, the circular mausoleum built by Constantine the Great for his daughter Constantia, and the Church of S. Agnese with its catacombs. We travel to the Appian Way to see one of the villas of the super-rich, the Villa of the senatorial Quintilli.

We enjoy a private visit to the Capitoline Museum this evening. This is one of the world’s great museums, the civic collections of Rome itself and is stuffed with masterpieces.

Day 4

Our first stop is the exquisite 12th century church of San Clemente, with its wonderful apse mosaic. The church is gloriously decorated with gold frescoes and elaborate carvings. In the basement, a Roman temple and altar still survive. We then walk up to the Caelian Hill and the Basilica of SS. Giovanni and Paolo with Roman houses below. We will finish the afternoon with a visit to Palazzo Valentini, an excavated Roman house complex beneath a Renaissance palace. The innovative modern display techniques lead you through the rooms of the excavated house.

Day 5

We begin the day at the Pantheon, a marvellous feat of Roman engineering and artistry, the 2000 year old dome remains the largest ever built.

We then have special access to the Cripta Balbi Museum and excavations.

Strolling through Medieval and Renaissance Rome, we drop in at the Palazzo Spada to view Borromini’s intriguing corridor.

We reach the culmination of our tour with a visit to the Vatican for special access to the Tomb of St Peter. We also visit the Secret Archives, hidden within the walls of the Papal Palace.

This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner at La Pergola with splendid views over the Eternal City.

Day 6

We walk through Rome to see the ancient world’s largest sundial, the Meridian of Augustus. Finally, we travel to Portus, wrapped in forest and ivy. We return home this afternoon.

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

We fly to Rome.

Day 2

Our first day begins with a trip up the Aventine Hill, to visit the elegant Santa Sabina. We continue to the Forum Boarium, an ancient market where the boats unloaded their cargoes. We also visit the titanic Baths of Caracalla, and the Tomb of Scipios.

Day 3

We travel to Via Nomentana, one of the great consular roads leading away from Rome. We visit Santa Constanza, and the Church of S. Agnese with its catacombs. We travel to the Appian Way to see the Villa of the senatorial Quintilli.

Day 4

Our first stop is the exquisite 12th century church of San Clemente, with its wonderful apse mosaic. We then walk up to the Caelian Hill. We finish with a visit to Palazzo Valentini, an excavated Roman house complex beneath a Renaissance palace. This evening, we enjoy dinner at La Pergola with splendid views over the Eternal City.

Day 5

We begin the day at the Pantheon, and visit the Cripta Balbi. Strolling through Medieval and Renaissance Rome, we drop in at the Palazzo Spada to view Borromini’s intriguing corridor.

Day 6

We walk through Rome to see the ancient world’s largest sundial, the Meridian of Augustus. Finally, we travel to Portus, once the port of Rome but now wrapped in ivy. We return home this afternoon.

What's Included

  1. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  2. Meals - All meals included - dinners with wine
  3. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  4. Field Notes
  5. Hotel - We stay in a fantastic 5* hotel in the very heart of the city - the ideal location from which to explore the delights of Rome - only a few steps away from St Peter’s Church and the Pantheon. There is a roof terrace bar with excellent panoramic views across the city.
  6. Flights - Scheduled return flights from London to Rome

Hotel Info

We stay in a fantastic 5* hotel in the very heart of the city - the ideal location from which to explore the delights of Rome - only a few steps away from St Peter’s Church and the Pantheon. There is a roof terrace bar with excellent panoramic views across the city.

Useful Information

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2018 Tour Details

Mon 23rd April - Sat 28th April

Available
Accepting £300 deposits

£ TBC

HRO18A

Led By: Dr Eireann Marshall

Book before 16th June 2017 for a fully refundable £300 fixed deposit.

Mon 8th October - Sat 13th October

Available
Accepting £300 deposits

£ TBC

HRO18B

Led By: Dr Eireann Marshall

Book before 16th June 2017 for a fully refundable £300 fixed deposit.

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