An acclaimed classicist and author, Dame Mary Beard is a Classics fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge and a professor of Ancient Literature at the Royal Academy of Arts. She also presented two episodes of the BBC series Civilisations and the documentary series Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limits. She has released numerous acclaimed histories, most recently her new book Civilisations: How Do We Look/The Eye of Faith.
Discover the wonders of ancient Rome with Dame Mary Beard
Nowhere does the classical world seem more immediate and alive than in the Eternal City of Rome. At every turn you will see stunning monuments to the power, wealth and achievements of the Romans. There is no better way to discover them than on this fascinating four-day tour with Andante Travels, where your special guest will be the inimitable Dame Mary Beard.
Mary will be your expert guide for a series of visits to sites including the Roman and Imperial Forums and the Montemartini Museum, where classical sculpture is displayed against the extraordinary backdrop of a former power station. Mary will also join you for a special gala dinner, after which she will give a private talk followed by a question and answer session and book signing.
You will enjoy three nights' accommodation in a comfortable four-star hotel, perfectly located close to the heart of Rome and the historic sites you will be exploring. Rooms will have en-suite baths and showers and the hotel's facilities will include Wi-Fi and complimentary coffee and tea in your room. Breakfast each morning is also included in the price. During your tour, you will also enjoy a true taste of Roman cuisine with two included lunches and three dinners at local restaurants and trattoria.
Many of our assumptions about power, citizenship, empire, beauty and luxury have been formed in dialogue with the Romans. I greatly look forward to joining you to help bring this great civilisation to life.
- Mary Beard
Please note: the specific order of your visits, lunches and excursions may vary depending on the dates on which you join the tour.
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Discover the ancient world with Mary Beard
Gala dinner, talk and book signing with Mary
Explore Rome, Europe's 'Eternal City'
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- Return flights from London to Rome
- Airport transfers and transport to sites where required
- Three nights' accommodation in a four-star hotel
- Three breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners including gala dinner with Dame Mary Beard
- Exclusive tours, talk with Q&A and book signing with Mary Beard
- Visits to all sites as specified in the itinerary
- Andante tour manager and local guide throughout
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Day1Arrive in RomeRome (Roma), Italy
Fly from London to Rome in the morning and check in to your hotel. This afternoon, your journey of discovery through the great buildings and ruins of ancient Rome begins with expertly guided tours of the Campus Martius, where you will see monuments from the era of the Roman Republic, the Piazzo Navona, which was built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, the Temple of Hadrian and the awe-inspiring Pantheon. This huge and iconic building was built in its current form by Emperor Hadrian in 126 AD and is still virtually complete. The dome has stood unsupported for almost 2,000 years. This evening you will toast your arrival in the Eternal City over a delicious dinner at a restaurant close to
Day2Explore ancient RomeRome (Roma), Italy
This morning your fascinating tours continue with visits the triumphal Arch of Constantine, which features a wonderful collage of artwork from previous imperial monuments, and the exquisite church of San Clemente, built over an ancient Roman temple. The church is gloriously decorated with gold frescoe and elaborate carvings, but the real surprise is the basement, where a Roman temple and altar still survive. This is a prime example of how a sacred Roman building was adapted into a Christian one. You will also see the fabulously frescoed houses beneath the Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo.
This afternoon, your expert guide will bring antiquity to life during visits to the Forum Holitorium and Forum Boarium, where vegetables, herbs, oil and cattle were traded. See the impressive open-air Theatre of Marcellus, the largely intact republican temples of Portunus and Hercules Victor, and Santa Maria in Cosmedin, where the grain 'dole' was distributed to the poor. Dinner will be at a local restaurant.
Day3Tours, dinner and talk with Dame Mary BeardRome (Roma), Italy
Today the world of the ancient Romans will come alive in the company of the brilliant Mary Beard. In the morning, Mary will be your expert guide to the Palatine Hill and the Roman and Imperial Forums. Perhaps the most iconic of all classical monuments, the Roman Forum was the centre of the city's public life for centuries. This vast archaeological site is peppered with marble statues, triumphal arches and temples. Mary will reveal the stories behind the people who lived, worked and worshipped here.
Mary will join you for lunch before accompanying you for a visit to Monte Testaccio, an artificial mound composed almost entirely of fragments of broken Roman pottery, and the Montemartini Museum, one of Rome's most important museums of classical sculpture. It is housed in a former power station - making a striking contrast between the industrial background and the exquisite marble of the sculpture. This evening, Mary will join you for a special gala dinner before givin a fascinating private talk followed by a Q&A an book signing.
Day4Hadrian’s VillaTivoli, Italy
Travel to Tivoli in the Sabine Hills outside Rome to explore Hadrian's Villa. This impressive complex covers over 250 acres, in which there are baths, pools, domed temples, gardens and the well-preserved Maritime Theatre. After lunch, you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
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