2012 Immaculate Conception Tour of Rome
Dates: APR 27- MAY 06, 2012
(limited to a maximum of 14 participants)

Tentative Itinerary Follows
(subject to change due to weather, etc)

April 27: Friday
Alitalia flight information: AZ609... JFK 5:25pm -ROME 8:00am (8h 35m)
(Try to sleep on the flight as we won't be taking a nap once we get to Rome!)
April 28: Saturday
Arrive in Rome at 8:00AM. Bus transfer to hotel (30 km/19 mi.– about 31 min.)
Orientation Talk at 10:00AM in hotel lobby then lunch, then... the Walkabout: Sense of the City

Locations: Group lunch / Quirinale Hill, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Borghese Gardens (bike rentals available), back to the hotel. Afternoon free.
Optional afternoon walk on Via Cavour before dinner: Santa Maria Maggiore, San Prassede, San Pietro in Vincoli.
April 29: Sunday
Imperial Fora, Vittoriano, Campidoglio, Forum overlook, Teatro Marcello, Ghetto, Campo di Fiore (lunch), Piazza Navona, Pantheon*......... (there will be ample time to have lunch in Campo di Fiore before we proceed to Piazza Novona).

April 30: Monday

Colosseo, Palatino Hill, Roman Forum. Afternoon free.
Optional walk before dinner: Angels and Martyrs, Bernini's St. Teresa, Ossuary of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
May 1: Tuesday
6:45AM train from Rome to Naples, 10:00AM Boat from Naples to Capri
Locations: Island of Capri / Anacapri / Monte Solaro / Villa San Michele / Blue Grotto
May 2: Wednesday
Open: Out of town? Shopping?
May 3: Thursday
Morning: The Catacombs of San Calisto
Afternoon: Wine Tasting Walk

May 4: Friday
10:00AM Subway from Cavour to Piramide Metro station to Ostia Antica (unless there is rain)(about 1hr.)
Locations: The Castello di Gregorius IV & the Ancient Roman Seaport of Ostia Antica
..................... (there will be time to buy a picnic lunch at the deli in Ostia, before we proceed to the ruins of Ostia Antica
May 5: Saturday
Villa D’Este at Tivoli
Roma-Pescara Metro Line to Stazione Tivoli
Roma Tiburtina 09:01 Tivoli 10:04
May 6: Sunday
Alitalia flight information: AZ610... ROME 2:40pm - JFK 6:10pm

List of significant Christan sites that we will visit

About the Tour Leader

John Kneski was born and raised in Westhampton, New York. He studied architecture and fine art at the University of Miami from 1982 to 1987, which included studies abroad at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, Italy. He received a master’s degree in architectural history from Syracuse University at the campus in Florence, Italy in 1990. Having directed month-long undergraduate programs in Italy for thirteen years; John has extensive knowledge of the major cultural and religious sites between Sicily and Venice, but is particularly fond of early church sites in and around Rome. In his career as an architect and preservationist, he has been published in numerous journals, most notably Metropolis, Preservation Today, and Architecture.


Each person will purchase their airfare individually. It is recommended that everyone take the same flight as the group leader to take advantage of the airport transfers and other transportation. Everyone is invited to use frequent flier miles, upgrade to first class, purchase trip insurance, buy a ticket with flexibility, etc. You may even take a different flight altogether, but I won't be able to accommodate transportation to the hotel, check-in assistance, etc. The cost of the airfare will obviously fluctuate between now and timeof purchase.

Ground Costs: $1995

All hotel, ground transportation, site and museum admissions, group meals, sea transportation, gratuities, and other miscellaneous costs will be covered in the ground costs. In general, everyone is responsible for their own lunch and dinner costs, as everyone has different needs in that area, with the exception of several group dinners. Individual rooms will of course be less economical than double rooms, so individuals are encouraged to pair up (we won't be in the rooms very often).

Deposit Deadline: March 21st (ish), 2012
All deposits are fully refundable until the deposit deadline date.

Balance Deadline: April 15th (ish), 2012
Everything on the page is subject to change due to anything out of my control.

Reserve a spot on this trip: kneskij@bellsouth.net or call 305.951.0416



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