5:00 PM Departure from Penn State Harrisburg campus to Newark Liberty International Airport Check-in at Norwegian Airlines terminal B should be no later than 8:00 p.m. Flight DY7194 leaves for Rome Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy at 11:00 p.m.
1:05 PM Arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport.
Assistance and transfer to your hotel. Check-in to the Gran Palatino hotel for seven nights.
3:30 PM Your guide will take you on a coach tour to see the main landmarks of the Eternal City including the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, Circus Maximus, Piazza Barberini, Saint Peter’s Square and the main churches that you will visit later on during the week: Santa Maria Maggiore, Saint Peter in Chains, Saint John Lateran and Saint Paul Outside The Walls. Your guide will also explain how to use public transportation, exchange money, and how to get your weekly pass to travel freely in Rome using public buses and the subway.
5:00 PM Visit the Saint Mary Majors Basilica
6:30 PM Welcome dinner at the restaurant, Carovana. Menu: Canzone Dinner
Morning at leisure
Mass at Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica which is walking distance from your hotel.
2:00 PM Guided walking tour of the Old City. You will use the subway to go to the Spanish Steps.
In the afternoon, take the subway to the Spanish Steps where you will meet your guide for an afternoon walking tour of the Old City, including the Spanish Steps, the church of the Santissima Trinita dei Monti, the Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona, Piazza Barberini
4:00 PM Visit the Pantheon (inside visit),
9:30 AM Following breakfast, take a one-way transfer to the Vatican for a morning tour of the Museums, the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica.
10:30 AM Entrance to the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel (including rental of whisper)
12:00 PM Entrance to St Peter Basilica (including rental of whisper)
There will be free time at the Vatican for a quick lunch (on your own) or for shopping for souvenirs. Tickets provided to take the lift to the top of the Dome where you can enjoy the beautiful mosaics and beautiful perspectives of the inside of the Basilica. You may also enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of St. Peter’s Square and the city of Rome by climbing a spiral staircase.
Continue the visit to see Castel Sant’Angelo and walk to Trastevere, the Bohemian district of Rome filled with “trattorias,” pubs and artisan’s shops.
On Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, view the gilded, mosaic-filled church. Relax with dinner at a local trattoria in Trastevere.
8:50 AM your coach and guide will meet your group at the hotel for a walking tour of ancient Rome where you will visit the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Forum. You will visit Saint Peter in Chains, built in the 5th century to house the relic of Saint Peter’s chains from when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem. The church is also renowned because it houses Michelangelo’s statue of Moses. Visit Saint John Lateran, mother and head of all churches in Rome and in the world, and Saint Paul’s Within the Walls, the first Protestant Church built in Rome, also known as the American Church in Rome. Wrap up the tour with a visit to Santa Maria Maggiore, “major” because of its size – the largest Marian Church in Rome.
9:00 AM The group will walk to Peter’s in Chains
9:45 AM Entrance to Colosseum, Palatine and Roman Forum (including rental of whisper) – Photo stop at Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II
1:00 PM Visit St. John Lateran Basilica (UNESCO listed)
2:30 PM Lunch (on your own)
Afternoon is for academic activities with faculty.
a full day excursion to Florence is planned:
Boxed breakfast at the hotel,
6:15 AM Assistant & Transfer from the hotel to Train Station
7:20 AM Take FRO Train 9508 from the Termini Station
8:51 AM Arrive at Santa Maria Novella station where you will meet your guide for half day sightseeing.
9:45 AM First stop is the Accademia Gallery (entrance including clients own whisper) to see the David statue and how Michelangelo started a sculpture from a block of stone. Next, you will visit the Duomo, the Baptistery, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio.
12:00 PM Entrance to Uffizi Gallery.
Lunch and the rest of the afternoon are on your own.
8:00 PM A coach service drive to Piazzale Michelangelo for a panoramic view of Florence ends the day’s excursion. Dinner at Fiesole or a local restaurant before returning by coach to the Termini train station.
9:13 PM Train n. 8927 Firenze SMN (Smart class)
10:45 PM Arrive in Rome; Transfer from train Station to Hotel
8:00 AM you will enjoy a full day excursion to Tivoli. Depart from the hotel by coach to the little hilltop town of Tivoli.
8:30 AM Visit the St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica (including clients whisper)
10:00 AM Entrance to St. Callisto Catacombs (including Guided Tour)
12:00 PM Lunch at Antiche Terme Di Diana – Menu:
1:30 PM Visit the gardens and fountains of the Villa d’Este, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. This 16th century palace boasts glorious gardens with Baroque fountains designed by the master sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
3:00 PM Enjoy an afternoon visit to Villa Adriana, once the holiday home of the 2nd century Roman emperor, Hadrian. Stroll with your guide among the vast expanse of ruins, with their temples, baths, and theaters and learn about daily life in Roman times.
Return to Rome
Following breakfast, a full day for academic activities with faculty.
After breakfast, enjoy some free time in the morning.
1:30 PM Your coach will transfer you to Rome Fiumicino Airport at 2:00 p.m. Check-in at Norwegian Airlines counter at terminal T3 no later than 3:00 p.m.
5:45 PM Flight Norwegian Airlines DY7193 leaves Rome Fiumicino airport
9:00 PM Arrive at Newark International Airport
Upon arrival, meet your driver and coach to return to the Penn State Harrisburg campus.