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Rome & Ostia Antica



Since 2009 we’ve been offering all-inclusive international travel programs for students interested developing real world travel skills while exploring some of the world's most interesting places as part of a small group.
Our programs seize every opportunity to practice foreign language, navigation, scheduling, collaboration, and budgeting skills with real world activities like cross-referencing street and metro maps, purchasing transit passes, researching opening days/times, navigating an itinerary and staying on schedule, choosing restaurants and making reservations, and eating well while staying within a meal allowance.


Rome, the Eternal City, has exerted a huge influence over the world in it’s 2500 years of existence. With wonderful palaces, millennium-old churches and basilicas, grand romantic ruins, opulent monuments, ornate statues and graceful fountains, Rome has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere, making it one of Europe’s and the world’s most visited, famous, and beautiful capitals.

Day City Overview
1 Airborne Meet your Group Director at the airport for an overnight flight to Italy!
2 Orientation Arrive in Rome. Coffee/Pastry. Navigate to the hotel. Pizza/Panini. Walk to San Pietro in Vincoli. Admire Michelangelo’s Moses. Gelato. Walk to the Domus Aurea (Nero’s Golden House). Take a tour that includes a walkthrough using Oculus VR Goggles. Walk to the Basilica of Saint Clement. Explore the 12th century basilica, then descend to the 4th century basilica, and then descend to the 1st century domus of a Roman nobleman. Relax at the hotel. Head out for dinner.
3 Ancient Rome Early breakfast. Enjoy a guided tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum. Lunch overlooking Trajan’s Column. Guided tour of the Domus Romane at Palazzo Valentini. Coffee/Pastry/Gelato. Elevator to the terrace of Il Vittoriano for your first panoramic of Rome. Climb the Capitoline Hill and admire Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio. Explore the museums. Relax at the hotel. Head out for dinner. Visit to the Trevi fountain.
4 Modern Rome Early breakfast. Morning stroll up the Pincian Hill and through the gardens of Villa Borghese. Enjoy the panorama of Rome then explore the Borghese Gallery. Follow Via Veneto down to Piazza Barberini then head across the hill to the Spanish Steps. Coffee/Pastry. Enjoy shopping on Via Condotti and Via Corso, regrouping at Piazza del Popolo. Follow the river bank to Castel Sant’Angelo and ascend for another great view of Rome and a Coffee/Pastry/Gelato at the café. Climb Janiculum Hill to the Memorial Wall take in another panoramic view of Rome. Dinner in Travestere.
5 Outer Rome Early breakfast. Navigate out to the Gladiator School on the Appia Antica where you’ll learn about life as a gladiator, go through basic training, and then spar with your friends to win a certificate of freedom. Lunch/Shopping at Mario Batali’s Eataly Roma. Spend the afternoon exploring the ancient commercial seaport and military base of Ostia Antica.
6 Vatican City Early breakfast. Guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Enjoy the view of Rome from the cupola of Saint Peter’s Basilica then explore the basilica itself. Lunch at Piazza Navona. Visit the Pantheon, Largo Argentino, and Campo di’Fiori. Shopping with a regroup at the hotel. Farewell dinner in the cellars of Da Pancrazio, famed as the restaurant built on the ruins of the Theatre of Pompey (where Caesar was assassinated).
7 Airborne Flight from Rome. Ciao Italia!