Rome and Northern Italy: Traveling in the Footsteps of Goethe and Hawthorne


July 2–13, 2014

Barbara Weiden Boyd, Bowdoin College

We will spend seven days in Rome and its environs, focusing on sights of special interest to Grand Tourists of the late 18th-19th centuries: Forum, Capitoline museums, Coliseum, Pantheon, Via Appia and catacombs, Palazzo Barberini, St. Peter’s and the Vatican museums, Goethe’s house, and the Protestant cemetery, among others. We will also visit the remarkable Villa Torlonia, built by the wealthiest Roman family of the 19th century. Our final day will be a trip to Tivoli, with the magnificent Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa. The next day we will depart for Tuscany and Umbria, and visit sites of similar Grand Tour appeal: the towns of Arezzo, Assisi, Perugia, and San Gimignano. We will finish the tour in Florence, and participants can travel easily from there on their own back to Rome or elsewhere.

Price: $2,500 – includes accommodations, ground transportation during the tour, and all fees for group visits to sites and museums (most breakfasts and some other meals are also included).  This does not include airfare or transportation to and from airports.


July 2-9 Rome (ICCS accommodations)

July 9-11 Arezzo (or Perugia; accommodations to be determined)

July 12 Florence (accommodations to be determined)


(Recommended Departure Day from the USA on Tuesday, July 1)

Wednesday, July 2

Participants are responsible for travel to Rome and then to the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome: Via Alessandro Algardi, 19, 00152. (Instructions will be sent to you on how to travel from the Rome airport to the Centro.) Arrive by 3:00 p.m. for the start of the program. An orientation session to the trip will precede dinner at the Centro.

Thursday, July 3

The Appian Way; tomb of Caecilia Metella; catacombs of San Sebastiano. Picnic lunch. The Protestant Cemetery, followed by dinner at the Centro.

Friday, July 4

Morning: St. Peter’s and Vatican Museum. Free for lunch. Afternoon: Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Goethe’s house. Dinner at the Centro.

Saturday, July 5

Morning: Capitoline Museum. Free for lunch. Afternoon: walking tour of Jewish Ghetto. Free for dinner.

Sunday, July 6

Morning: Villa Torlonia. Free for lunch. Afternoon: Palazzo Barberini, Church of Santa Maria della Concezione (dei Cappuccini). Free for dinner.

Monday, July 7

Morning: Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Free for lunch. Afternoon: Coliseum, 4th century Basilica of Quattro Coronati. Dinner at the Centro.

Tuesday, July 8

Travel by private bus to Tivoli. Villa D’Este and Hadrian’s Villa. Free for lunch in Tivoli; dinner at Centro.

Wednesday, July 9

Free time in morning. Leave after lunch by private bus for Arezzo. Church of San Francesco and tour of town.

Thursday, July 10

Travel by private bus to Assisi. Roman ruins and tour of town. Free for lunch. Visit to the Basilica of San Francesco (followed by a stop in Spello if time permits).

Friday, July 11

Travel by private bus to San Gimignano. Palazzo Comunale and Pinacoteca. Free for lunch, followed by free time in San Gimignano.

Saturday, July 12

Travel by private bus to Perugia. National Gallery of Umbria. Free for lunch, followed by travel by private bus to Florence.

Sunday, July 13

Florence; departure.

Price: $2,500