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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
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Fall Break in Italy:
Art and Architecture from Antiquity to the Baroque World

Rome ICA Colosium

Program Overview

Romans celebrate the traditional founding of their city on April 21, 753 BCE. From this moment of mythical creation, the city has been a center for artistic endeavors in the Western world and beyond. Beginning in antiquity and ending with the urbane popes of the 17th century, this Intensive Course Abroad will examine over 1,000 years of Roman art and architecture and how this visual culture defined each major age in the city. Starting with the Roman Republic, the group will look at how senators and the patrician class sculpted a new and elite identity. For the Empire, students will explore how imagery was exploited to promote Rome as a major world power. In the Middle Ages we will discover how the city became a hub for the new religion of Christianity. In the Renaissance, students will learn how artistic philosophy followed and eventually surpassed the humanist movement begun in Florence. Finally, the group will witness how art and architecture transformed the city in the Baroque era into a powerful seat of Catholic propaganda after the Protestant Revolution.

The classroom for this program is the city of Rome itself. Each day, students will visit a series of monuments, museums, or churches organized around a time period and theme. The program will be conducted as a seminar, with student participation a critical component. Each student will prepare presentations on two monuments of their choice to supplement professor lectures.


Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for ARTH T380: Art and Architecture from Antiquity to the Baroque World for 3 credits during the Fall Term. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their credit load when registering for fall term or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum.
Pre-Travel Requirements: There will be three mandatory preparatory meetings on campus during summer term.

Instructor: Emily Urban, PhD, adjunct professor of Art History at Westphal College;

Program Calendar

Arrival Date: September 10, 2024
Departure Date: September 21, 2024
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates, but are fully responsible for all activity, logistics, and precautions during that time.

Itinerary Overview

DAY 1: TUESDAY 9/10: Introduction and Walking Tour
Arrivals and check in; Afternoon walking tour of centro storico and overview of city 

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY 9/11: AncientRome ICA group
  • Temples of Portunus and Victory
  • Ponte Rotto
  • Ara Pacis
  • Pantheon
DAY 3: THURSDAY 9/12: Ancient
  • Colosseum
  • Arch of Constantine
  • Palatine Hill
  • Roman and Imperial Fora
DAY 4: FRIDAY 9/13: Ancient
  • Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
  • Markets of Trajan
DAY 5: SATURDAY 9/14: Medieval
  • Santa Pudenziana
  • Santa Prassede
  • Santa Maria Maggiore
  • San Clemente
DAY 6: SUNDAY 9/15: Renaissance
  • Tempietto
DAY 7: MONDAY 9/16: Renaissance
  • Villa Farnesina
  • Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
DAY 8: TUESDAY 9/17: Renaissance
  • Vatican Museums
DAY 9: WEDNESDAY 9/18: Baroque
  • Santa Maria del Popolo
  • San Luigi dei Francesi
  • Villa Borghese
DAY 10: THURSDAY 9/19: Baroque
  • Santa Maria della Vittoria
  • Palazzo Barberini
  • Il Gesu
  • Sant’Ignazio
  • Piazza Navona
DAY 11: FRIDAY 9/20: Baroque
  • St Peter’s
DAY 12: SATURDAY 9/21: check out/fly home

2024 Program Fee - $2,520

Due May 1st: $500 Advance Payment + $25 Application FeeRome ICA Pantheon

Due July 1st: $2,020 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

--11 nights Accommodations
--Local transport
--Tours and entrance fees for program activities
--All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Not Included in Program Fee (Estimates):

--Round trip flight to Italy $1,800
--Airport transfers $100
--Some meals $320
--Visa if required (if applicable)
--Text book $26
--Spending money $200

More Information

  • US Citizens are not required to apply for a visa. Other nationalities should confirm on the Italian Embassy website whether a visa is required.
  • Students are responsible for booking their own flights. A suggested flight itinerary will be provided after acceptance.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 05/01/2024 05/15/2024 09/10/2024 09/21/2024