Jan 3 - 14, 2020
12 days
$4,890per person, twin share (land content only). $710 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Nick Gordon
Jan 3 - 14, 2020

Tour Leader

Dr Nick Gordon$4,890per person, twin share (land content only). $710 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
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Rome’s contribution to Western culture is difficult to overestimate, but most visitors do not penetrate the city’s complex, interwoven layers. This 12-day study tour provides you with a detailed examination of Rome’s history, art and culture, from antiquity to the present, through an extended series of lectures and guided site visits. This tour is ideal for the independent traveller: group visits are carefully balanced with time for independent exploration.

Get to know

  • Roman antiquity, from the Etruscans to the Christians
  • The transition to the Middle Ages: Rome’s role in shaping European culture
  • The glory of Renaissance and baroque Rome, from Michelangelo and Raphael to Caravaggio and Bernini
  • Rome beyond the tourist trail, including Ostia Antica and the house and studio of Giorgio de Chirico
  • The neighbourhoods of Rome, where contemporary culture lives alongside its ancient inspiration

Study Tours

Study tours are more physically demanding than other residential tours offered by Academy Travel. Throughout the tour we undertake extended walking tours, often along Rome’s cobbled streets, visit historic buildings which may not have elevators, and utilise the extensive local public transport network for journeys in the city. Also, while study tours are full of group activities, a reasonable degree of independence is required.



  • Superb collections of antiquities, including the Vatican Museums, the Capitoline Museums and Palazzo Massimo
  • The spectacular works of Caravaggio and Bernini throughout the city and in the Galleria Borghese
  • Excursions to Ostia Antica, Hadrian’s Villa, and the masterful baroque Villa d’Este
  • Detailed lecture series providing you with extensive knowledge of the city and its past
  • Walking tours visiting Rome’s hidden gems and masterpieces by Raphael, Bramante and Borromini
  • Modern Rome, including a visit to the house and studio of Giorgio de Chirico

Itinerary Overview

Days 1–3: Explore Rome’s origins and its extraordinary rise to greatness, through visits to archaeological sites, including Ostia Antica, and world-class museums.

Days 4–6: From imperial splendour to the coming of Christianity. Explore underground Rome to witness how the city and its culture transformed and see the splendour of the medieval church.

Days 7–12: Rome’s Renaissance revival and baroque glory – walking Caravaggio’s Rome, visiting the Galleria Borghese and the Vatican Museums, home to the Sistine Chapel. Excursion to Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este.

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Getting There

Emirates and Singapore offer daily flights from Australia to Rome. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Detailed Itinerary


Dr Nick Gordon

Has a University Medal and a PhD in History and lectures on European art. Nick is also a practicing painter and brings this passion to the visual arts.

Dr Nick Gordon is a cultural historian and artist, with over 10 years of experience leading tours to Europe. He has strong interests in art, history, philosophy and architecture, from the ancient world to the present.

Nick holds a University Medal and PhD in history from the University of Sydney. He taught medieval and Renaissance history at the University of Sydney, the history of political thought at the University of Western Sydney, and architectural and Australian history elsewhere. He continues to teach at the Centre of Continuing Education, and gives occasional lectures on topics ranging from Classical Rome through to Australian and contemporary art. Nick has lead tours for Academy Travel since 2007, and designs study tours, residential tours and art-focussed tours, such as the Venice Biennale, Art Along the Rhine, Art Basel, and Amsterdam to Paris: Van Eyck to Van Gogh.

Nick is also an artist and his firsthand experience of art complements his academic expertise, through his knowledge of materials and the processes behind how an artwork is made, and his well-practiced eye for reading art.

We asked Nick, what do you enjoy most about tour leading?

“One of the things I enjoy most about touring is helping people understand more about what they’re seeing. This happens through a combination of background lectures exploring different contexts, cultural commentary on the road, and especially by being able to explain what is going on in an artwork with the artwork in front of us.”

“The aim of all of this is to help people see more for themselves, independently, both on tour and beyond. Some of the best moments for me on tour are when this happens, and you get to be part of something bigger as people start adding their own knowledge and experience to what we’re looking at. It makes each experience unique.” 

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Rome, Domus Nova Bethlem (11 nights)

Domus Novo Bethlem is a traditional Roman guest house located in Monti, one of the most charming neighbourhoods of central Rome, with its many small restaurants and boutiques. The hotel has a secular staff and the nuns who own the hotel live in a separate building. www.dnbhotel.com

The Neighbourhood

Monti is one of Rome’s most enjoyable neighbourhood, where the layers of the city’s past intermingle with modern life: excellent local restaurants, cafes, boutique jewellers and artisan shops of all varieties. As a local neighbourhood, it also provides convenience for a long stay, with pharmacies, grocers and supermarkets. Monti is also very central to Rome’s attractions and is well served by the metro and bus routes, making it easy to get around the city on foot and by using the bus and metro network.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.


A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another Academy Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

Academy Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates Academy Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an Academy Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Academy Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

Academy Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

Fitness rating

Grade 3

A Grade 3 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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Rebecca Fussell 02 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699
(outside Sydney)

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