Rome Program


UGA Rome Program 2017

Tentative schedule (10/09/16): Please note that the details of this schedule are likely to change. Some dates (the start and end of the program, the Campania trip) are firm while others remain flexible.

Su 28  Morning (AM): Arrival

  Afternoon (PM): Neighborhood stroll

M 29  AM: Orientation 

The centro storic and the layers of Rome (San Clemente)

Tu 30  AM: Myth & History of Rome 

   Foundation myths, geographical orientation, settlement and 

burial patterns for the early city

We 31  AM: A Walk through the Borghese Gardens and Visit to the 

Villa Giulia Museum


Th 1  EXCURSION: Etruscans

Tarquinia and Cerveteri (all day)

F  2  AM: Roman Republic

Area Sacra Largo Argentina, Theater of Pompey, Tiber Island, Forum Boarium area 

Festa della Republica: schedule adjustments may be necessary

Saturday 3 Weekend

Sunday 4 Weekend

Mo 5  AM: Roman Republic

Forum & Palatine, visit 1  

Tue 6  AM: End of the Republic

Palazzo Massimo Museum

W 7  AM: The Age of Augustus and the Pax Augusta Ara Pacis and Mausoleum of Augustus Palazzo Altemps Museum

Th 8 AM: Augustus and the Eternal City Theater of Marcellus, Porticus of Octavia; Trastevere (Sta. Cecilia and Sta. Maria in Trastevere) and the Gianicolo (Il Tempietto, Aqua Paola and Parco Garibaldi)

F 9  AM: Julio-Claudian and Flavian Rome Forum Romanum and Palatine, visit 2, and Colosseum

Saturday 10 Weekend 

Sunday 11 Weekend: Sunday night at 8pm, Meeting for ALL students in the Ercoli dining room—last minute details for our Campania Trip which leaves early the following morning. 

M 12  CAMPANIA EXCURSION: early morning departure from the Ercoli. Chartered bus from Rome to Paestum, Greek colony and Roman city south of the Amalfi Coast; site and museum visit in the late morning and afternoon. Stop on the autostrada for a break en route; lunch at Paestum Overnight (with dinner) at the Hotel Poseidonia Mare in Paestum


AM: Visit to the Archaeological site of Velia

PM: Cultural activity in Paestum or Agropoli Overnight (with dinner) at the Hotel Poseidonia Mare in Paestum 


AM: Drive to Pompeii and check into the Hotel Villa dei Misteri Lunch on your own in modern Pompei

PM: Herculaneum and the Villas at Oplontis and Boscoreale. Overnight (with dinner) at the Hotel Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii 


AM: Pompeii, early morning to mid-afternoon. Overnight at the Hotel Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii

Possible trip up Mt. Vesuvius (time, weather & schedule permitting) Overnight (with dinner) at the Hotel Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii 


AM: visit to the National Archaeological Museum in Naples

PM: Return by bus to Rome (lunch break on the return, arrival in Rome mid afternoon) 

Saturday 17 Weekend

Sunday 18 Weekend

M 19 AM: Trajan and the High Empire

The Imperial Fora Museum and Markets of Trajan; the Column of Trajan; Tomb of Eursaces and Porta Maggiore (time permitting)

Tu 20  AM: Hadrianic and Antonine Campus Martius Pantheon, Mausoleum (Castel St. Angelo), Temple of the Deified Hadrian, Column of Marcus Aurelius; San Ignazio

We 21 AM: The Capitoline from Roman to Christian urban center Michaelangelo’s Campidoglio Capitoline Museum

Th 22  EXCURSION: Ostia (all day)

Friday 23 Day Off: Long weekend

Saturday 24

Sunday 25 

M 26 AM: Severan Rome

Arch of Severus, Arch of the Argentarii, and Baths of Caracalla; San Giorgio in Velabro

Tu 27 EXCURSION: Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli & Villa d’Este (all day)

We 28 AM: Optional trip to view a Papal Audience (Bianchelli)

PM: Late Imperial Rome

Aventine Hill: Sta. Sabina and the Piazza of the Knights of Malta; Monte Testaccio; Pyramid of Cestius; Aurelian Wall

Th 29  AM: Late Antique and Post Classical Rome

Baths of Diocletian; Santa Pudenziana; Arch of Constantine; S. Giovanni in Laterano 

  Sta. Maria degli Angeli e Martiri 

F 30  AM: Late Antique and Post Classical Rome 

Sta. Maria Maggiore, Piazza di Spagna; San Andrea and San Carlino, Quattro Fontane, Piazza Sta. Susanna; Palazzo Hertziana; Palazzo Barberini if time permits 


Saturday 1 Rome in the 17th -20th Centuries Campo Marzio: Piazza Navona, Piazza Imperatore, Stadium of Domitian, San Ivo, and Piazza del Popolo

Sunday 2 Weekend

M 3 Exam

T 4 Exam

W 5 Exam

 In the evening: final banquet at the Ercoli

Thursday July 6th: Official departure from the Ercoli/end of program The departure time of the bus to the airport (FCO) is to be determined, but assume that it will be early (ca. 6:00am!) since most of the flights are trans-Atlantic and take off times tend to be well before noon.

Participation and Collegiality:

The success of the program depends greatly on everyone’s willingness to participate in all academic activities and abide by the schedule set for the site tours and lectures.  Even with the utmost planning, there will be times when our schedule has to shift due to unforeseen events such as transportation problems or worker’s strikes (although inconvenient, these are a normal part of a “real” Italian experience).  The faculty will do its best to minimize the impact that this has on our program, but we will inevitably have to make adjustments.  Your flexibility in these situations is not only appreciated, but necessary.

It is also essential that you keep to the schedule once it is set: entrance into sites or departure on the chartered bus trips can only be done as a group.  Be respectful to your peers and to the faculty: be on time.  If we have to wait for you, our entire day could be affected.  If you ever have questions about the schedule, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Behavior in all circumstances should be considerate and polite to each other, to the faculty and staff at the Ercoli, and to the Italians and tourists who will be sharing this experience with us.

Independent Fieldtrips:

Everyone must visit:

 Vatican Museums

Everyone must choose one of the following to visit:

Montemartini Museum

Domus Romane under Palazzo Valentini

Catacombs of San Sebastiano/Via Appia Antica

After completing your independent exploration of the sites, you will need to submit a written assignment based on the sites.  Details of the assignment will be provided prior to departure for Rome: they will be relatively brief and will take the form of essays (500 words) or short answer responses to the sites/objects.

Weekly Question Sets:

Each week, I will post a set of questions in Dropbox or email them out (this process will be most effective if everyone has a wifi enabled device such as a laptop, tablet,

etc.; if this is a problem, come talk to me).  Everyone will be required to respond by the following Monday evening.  The questions will reflect the sites and material covered that week or the previous week and act as a mechanism to bring together or synthesize the information.  There will always be three or four questions per class, but you will not be required to respond to all of them.  I will tell you in advance the number of questions that you need to answer & return.  These question sets will also act as the review guides for the final exams, so use them to gauge how well you are taking notes, internalizing the readings, and so on. 

Final Exams:

Each course will have a final exam.  The exams will be based on lecture material as well as sites visited.  The exams will be comprised of short answer and essay material.  Some questions will be tied to visual images of sculpture, architecture or other media. The question sets should act as your study guide for the exams.

Grade Percentage Distribution:

Participation      30%

Independent Fieldtrips    20%

Weekly Synthesis Assignments   20%

Final Exams      30%