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My name is Rob Scheifer. If you are here, then you know me or a friend has sent you here.
I’ve been traveling to Italy every year for over 10 years and know Rome almost like a Roman. I’m excited to tell you I am organizing a trip to Rome in September and I’d love for you to join me.
I am partnering with a language school to create a unique trip of culture, food, art, language, and history for a small intimate group of 4-8 people. Of course, we have to see the usual sites, like the Vatican, St Peters, the Colosseum, the Forum, and others. But we’ll also see things that most tourists don’t, like a rarely seen statue by Michelangelo in a church, or a Bernini statue on the edge of Trastevere that few make an effort to see.
With a knowledgeable guide wherever we go, we’ll get a better sense of the art and history of Rome than we can by ourselves. A small group ensures more individual attention than is possible on a large tour.
We’ll spend time learning Italian too. We’ll learn things like greetings, how to order coffee, how to read a menu, how to order dinner, buying clothing, and we’ll have fun practicing what we learn in everyday situations. We’ll also learn customs and common practices. We’ll learn to do as the Romans do.
Food is a big part of the culture in Italy. We’ll go to cafes, bakeries, and restaurants that I know personally. We’ll learn about Italian cheese and cured meats and sample them. We’ll taste the best gelato in Rome. Over lunch or dinner, we’ll practice our Italian and learn about typical Roman dishes. We’ll make pasta and eat it for dinner.
You’ll have free time as well to explore other venues, to shop, or just enjoy the ambiance of Rome.
Below is more specific information.
This trip is limited to 4 to 8 people plus a teacher/guide and myself. I believe that by keeping the group small, we’ll have more flexibility, options, and a richer experience. A minimum of 4 must sign up or the program will be canceled.
This trip is scheduled for September 15-22. You would arrive on Saturday the 15th. After a welcome dinner on the 15th, our first activity would be the morning of the 16th. Checkout would be on the 22nd.
- Airport transport to and from your hotel
- Seven nights in a hotel with continental breakfast
- Seven dinners or lunches
- Language teacher
- Guides and experts
- Entry fees for all of our planned sites
- A seven-day metro pass
- Trip insurance
The school and hotel are in the Prati district. The district is known for shopping and restaurants. The hotel is a 2-minute walk to the school, a 7-minute walk to the metro, and a 10-minute walk to either the Vatican or St Peter’s.
I am working with the school Academia Studioitalia, an Italian Language School in the Prati district.
You will stay at the Olympic Hotel, around the corner from the school.
We will use the Metro or busses for some of our transport but often will walk. Rome is a walking city with much to see from site to site.
Saturday – You arrive and check in to your hotel with provided transport from the airport or train. Welcome dinner and orientation meeting near the hotel.
Sunday– Discussion of customs and helpful Italian phrases. Introduction to the metro and bus system. Walking introduction to the neighborhood and the center of Rome; Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di Spagna, and Trevi Fountain. Lunch in the center. Free time.
Monday – Tour of the Colosseum, Forum, Michelangelo’s Moses, and the tri-layered San Clemente, a middle age church atop an early Christian basilica with a Roman temple below. Lunch near the Colosseum. Italian lessons. Free time.
Tuesday – Italian lessons. Private tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Lunch. Tour of St Peters. Free time.
Wednesday – Walking tour of Piazza Navona, churches with Caravaggio, Bernini, and Michelangelo. Visit the historic Pantheon. Visit a deli and taste cheese and meats. Learn more Italian. Lunch. Free time for the afternoon and dinner. Opera or classical music.
Thursday – Tour of the Borghese museum. Italian lessons. Afternoon free time. Meet before dinner to make your own pasta and eat it with other dishes for dinner.
Friday – Campo de Fiori, Jewish Ghetto, Trastevere Basilica di Santa Maria. Lunch. Free time in the afternoon. Goodbye dinner.
Saturday – Breakfast at your hotel. Transport to train or airport.
The itinerary is subject to change.
You should be able to walk for a few hours a day.
Rate per person
- $3,000 double occupancy
- $3,300 single occupancy
$500 deposit to reserve your spot.
Full Payment Due July 1, 2018
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