Rome and the Cities of Vesuvius

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Rome and the Cities of Vesuvius

Detailed investigations of Rome, Herculaneum and Pompeii.

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Roman Forum, Rome


Since 2006 a study of the ‘Cities of Vesuvius’ – Pompeii and Herculaneum – has been a compulsory component of the NSW Ancient History HSC syllabus. This 13 day tour has been designed by academic experts specifically to follow the syllabus content and outcomes. The tour gives students a broad understanding of the historical context in which Pompeii and Herculaneum developed as well as providing a detailed examination of private and public life, the economy, building, art and religion in the ancient cities. There is particular emphasis on the use of both archaeological and written historical sources in constructing and discussing evidence. The eruption of Mt Vesuvius in AD79 is an event richly endowed with myth as well as fact. Background talks and in-depth site visits will help students develop the critical skills to separate fact from myth. Combined with stunning scenery, spectacular historical sites and the charm of a great European capital, the itinerary will provide an unforgettable journey.

Summary itinerary and highlights

  • Day 1: Departure. Flights depart Australia in the afternoon.
  • Day 2-5: Rome. Orientation walking tour of Rome’s iconic sites. Guided tour of the republican and imperial forums, the Circus Maximus and the Colosseum and a tour of the Capitoline Museum. Visit Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli. View the masterpieces in the Vatican Museum.
  • Day 6-11: Cities of Vesuvius. Explore the ruins of Herculaneum. Full day in Pompeii exploring public and private buildings, evidence of the eruption, daily life and economic activity with your expert tour leader. Climb to the summit of Mt Vesuvius. Visit the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. Visit Tibererius’ Villa Jovis on the island of Capri. Tour of the outstanding Greek ruins at Paestum. Enjoy time in the seaside towns of Sorrento and Amalfi.
  • Day 12-13: Depart Rome, Arrive Australia.

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