Aerial view of the Vatican
October 8 -18, 2013
Professor Elena Ciletti and Professor Emeritus Jim Crenner have been travelling, studying and living in different parts of Italy since 1975. They enthusiastically describe Rome as their favorite city, not only in Italy but in the world as far as they have experienced it.
Elena is an art historian whose academic field is Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, which she has taught at HWS for over three decades. Her scholarly activity is rooted in Italy, and she speaks Italian fluently. She currently holds the "Classes of 1964 Endowed Chair". Jim taught Creative Writing and American Literature at The Colleges from 1968 until his retirement, and held, serially, both the "Harter Chair" and the "John Milton Potter Chair" in the humanities. He is a poet with four published volumes to his credit.
Fired with youthful ardor, Elena inadvertently pioneered the HWS study abroad program back in 1975, when she took a large group of students to Venice, Florence, and Rome and single-handedly provided all their academic and support services. It almost did her in, but it lit the fuse for what has since become one of the most ambitious and wide-ranging menu of off-campus programs in the country and one of the hallmarks of our colleges.
Together and separately, Jim and Elena have copious study-abroad experience. In 1982, when Jim co-directed the London term (with Pete Beckman of Political Science), Elena went along. She conducted HWS terms in Florence in 1986 (with Prof. Martin Kelly of Psychology) and in Rome in 1999 (with Jim in a student-support capacity), and when Jim directed the Galway semester in 2003, Elena provided student support. In 2005 they co-directed both the Rome semester and a week-long alumni trip to Venice in the early summer.
Campo de Fiori Market
Rome, the Eternal City. The home of legendary classics, like the Colosseum and spaghetti alla carbonara, the Vatican Museums and carciofi alla Giudia (Jewish-style artichokes), the fountains of Bernini and vino bianco from the surrounding Alban Hills.
If this list resonates with your sense of what makes Rome the glorious city it is, or if you’d like to know why it does, this is the trip for you! Join us as we explore Roman culture both through its sights and its tastes, its art and its food. The Romans have been honing their communal genius in both realms for millennia. Our program will take us to sites that are renowned the world over as well as to little-known gems.
St. Peter's Basilica
October is a wonderful time for such a trip: the summer tourist hordes are gone but the weather is still mild (temperatures in the 52-72 degree range).
You will be lodged in the historic center of the city – in the lively Campo de Fiori neighborhood, within walking distance of most of Rome’s cultural attractions. Our itinerary has been co-created with the GUSTOLAB Center for Food and Italian Culture and the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Language School, both of which partner with HWS during the Rome semester abroad program. This means that we will get to meet and interact with HWS students studying in Rome.
On the art side, among the sites we will experience together are “classics” such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Forum, the Borghese Gallery, St. Peter’s and the Vatican Museum. We will have the luxury of devoting special attention to the astonishing cluster of Baroque churches and monuments of the Piazza Navona area – an ideal introduction to such notable figures as Caravaggio, Borromini and Bernini. We will visit a local antiques shop for a demonstration of restoration techniques. We will tour the famous Roman Ghetto nearby, to explore its history and culture, and have lunch to experience its unique cuisine.
We will take the culinary aspect of the trip seriously. Among our activities will be a cooking class with the resulting dinner, a wine tasting session, an ancient Roman dinner accompanied by an introduction to the cuisine of the classical era, and a lecture on food and art at the Gustolab with HWS students. A special opportunity will be an excursion into the countryside (by van) to a beautiful organic farm to experience Slow Food philosophy and practices, a cheese-making demonstration, and lunch consisting of the farm’s own products. In addition to the breakfast provided by the hotel, each day will include a group meal – either lunch or dinner or both. There will be some free time every day for independent explorations. For our group activities in the city, we will get around by walking and using some public transportation. (Participants will receive a bus and subway pass.) We will saunter and savor, poking our noses into the delicious treats that we encounter – edible, visual and historical.
Food and art, art and food. Welcome to Rome.
Note: This trip will involve a fair amount of walking, some of it on uneven, cobbled streets, so we recommend this trip only for those who are able to get around easily.
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Cost: $2935 per person for double occupancy and $3570 per person for single occupancy.
What is included:
A meal in Rome
What's NOT included:
Vicolo dei Chiodaroli 9,
Tel: 011 39 668 75929
Rooms have LCD satellite TV, air conditioning, telephone, hairdryer and free wi-fi. Breakfast is included each morning.
Note: in the event that we have to change the hotel for any reason, any substitution will be a hotel of similar quality.
Reserving a place on the trip:
Side street in Rome
Once you have paid the deposit, if you cancel the trip before April 1st, we may, at our discretion, refund your deposit if we are able to find a replacement for you.
If you cancel the trip after April 1, you will lose your $750 per person deposit and you will be responsible for any fees or deposits that we have paid to vendors on your behalf that are non-recoverable by us. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance (see above under “What’s NOT included.”)
We will provide a group flight option through our travel agent once the fares for October are available. We expect round trip fares from New York City to Rome to be approximately $1000 - $1200, not including the fare from your originating city to New York. Our travel agent can also book the trip from your originating city if you wish. You are not required to purchase the group flight, although if you choose to book elsewhere, we suggest that you book the same flight (or a flight that arrives earlier than group), so that you can be included in the transport from the airport to the hotel. If you arrive later than the group, you will be responsible for making your own way to the hotel. Please do not book any flights until we have contacted you about group flight options, so you are aware of the flight times, etc.
Dates: October 8, 2013 – October 18, 2013
Cost: $2935 per person for double occupancy and $3570 per person for single occupancy. Airfare not included.
Register/Deposit: Complete and submit the online registration form now to reserve your spot.