Fully escorted lecture tour!
Three nights from £799 per person
Departing on selected dates November 2012 to March 2013
The momentous events of AD79 were a devastating blow to the inhabitants of the area but have left a marvellously preserved legacy to illustrate the architecture and lifestyle of the Roman people. Your exploration of this intriguing period of history will be illustrated by two lectures and a series of visits to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Villa Oplontis and Naples' excellent archaeological museum.
ItineraryDay 1: Fly with British Airways from Gatwick to Naples and transfer by coach to central Naples for check into hotel for 3-night stay.
Afternoon walking tour of the city and visit to the Museo Archaeologico Nazionale, which offers a wonderful introduction to the art and history of Pompeii. Highlights of Naples include the Piazza del Plebiscito and Royal Palace, San Carlo Opera House, Castel Nuovo, the Duomo and the Castel San Elmo & Monastery of San Martino for a stunning view (weather permitting) over the city, the bay and Vesuvius. Evening welcome reception and lecture by Jeremy Patterson "In the shadow of Vesuvius - the Romans on the Bay of Naples" followed by dinner with wine at the hotel.
Day 2: Full day visits to Villa Oplontis in the morning followed by Herculaneum in the afternoon. The villa at Oplontis has arguably the best preserved frescoes of any imperial Roman building and offers a fascinating insight into Roman life. Herculaneum vanished under a sea of mud but the death toll was minimal compared to the 2,000 who perished at Pompeii. Evening free for dinner at own arrangement and cost.
Day 3: Full day at Pompii in the company of Jeremy who will help you to understand the history and consequences of this momentous few days in ancient history and its effects, as well as considering the remains that have been left behind. Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79 burying the town of Pompeii in 6m of pumice and volcanic ash. Serious excavation began in 1748, revealing a city petrified in time. In some buildings, paintings and sculptures have survived and graffiti is still visable on street walls. Evening lecture "Peopling the Piazza: the people of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis", followed by dinner with wine at the hotel.
Day 4: Morning free in Naples with afternoon transfer to the airport for return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
- Return scheduled flights with British Airways from Gatwick to Naples
- 3 nights' bed and breakfast at the 4-star Royal Continental Hotel (March 2012 only) or the 4-star Hotel H2C (November 2012 & March 2013), based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
- Welcome reception and two dinners with wine at the hotel
- Airport transfers, tours and entrance fees
- Two lectures at the hotel
- Jeremy Paterson and tour manager throughout
- Single room supplement
- Holiday insurance
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities
|Departure Date||Duration||Status||Per Person||Single Supplement||Board Basis|
|10-Nov-2012||3||Available||£799||£135||Bed and Breakfast|
|02-Mar-2013||3||Available||£799||£135||Bed and Breakfast|
|09-Mar-2013||3||Available||£799||£135||Bed and Breakfast|
Your lecturer - Jeremy Paterson
Jeremy Paterson has taught Roman history at Newcastle University for nearly forty years. He is a social and economic historian who studied at Oxford and in Rome, where he started his research on the ancient wine trade. He is chair of the Minimus Project, which aims to introduce Latin in primary schools. He has travelled extensively throughout the classical world and has a particular fascination with, and deep knowledge of, the archaeology and history of Italy. He is much in demand as a speaker at home and around Italy, where he has accompanied many groups to sites and museums.