Glory at the End of Empire
This is not yet another tramp around the usual suspects but a chance to explore a Rome that many tourists miss. This is the Rome of the Late Empire when the old classical world started to give way to a new civilisation which looked forward to the Christian world of the middle ages. The years that followed the reign of the Emperor Constantine are some of the most dramatic and mysterious in European History.The city of Rome underwent dramatic changes as monuments of the old order were transformed into representatives of the new ,adorned with a complementary form of art,which emerges to articulate the vibrancy of a new civilisation. This study tour will explore this process of transformation by focussing on the changing image of Europe’s first world city from its last days as capital of the Roman Empire, through to its emergence as the spiritual heart of Western Christendom.
These dramatic changes in the city’s role and function will be traced through its architecture and its public art via a series of visits to emblematic sites around the city. These will include the Forum, the medieval centre and early Christian sanctuaries, such as S Sabina on the Aventine, the Mausoleum of S Constanza, S Cosmo and Damian, with their outstanding sixth century mosaics, and the multi level church of S Clemente. We will also visit S Maria Antiqua,(“the Sistine Chapel of the middle ages”) open to the public for the first time for many years with its stunning array of Byzantine frescoes, and the buried ancient Roman houses with their enigmatic cult frescoes on the Caelian Hill. It is hoped that a visit can be arranged to the early cemetery underneath St Peter Basilica-the supposed burial place of St Peter.
Hotel Accommodation will be just off the Piazza Navona in the heart of the medieval quarter.
The cost will include: four nights bed and breakfast, transfers to and from the airport and journeys to non-central sites within Rome. The cost (exclusive of flights) for two people sharing a twin room is £438 per person . Single person supplement of £157. Afternoon flight from Bristol.Predicted flight cost: £160.
If you wish to join this tour please complete the booking form. You can view and print a booking form by clicking here.