SOCIAL TOURS IN ROME

Half-Day Activities in Rome

Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire, while Vatican City has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Thursday | 21 September

Imperial Forums, the Roman Forum and the Colosseum

09:30 - 12:30

Expert tour guides will take you on a journey to visit these three major attractions. The road that departs from Piazza Venezia to reach the Colosseum crosses the entire area of the Imperial Forums and Trajan’s Market, which constitutes the largest archaeological city in the world. From the Altar of the Fatherland, along the Via dei Fori Imperiali, you will come across the ruins of the Forum of Caesar and the Temple of Venere Genitrice, commissioned by Caesar prior to the Battle of Pharsalus; Trajan’s Forum with the remains of the Ulpia Basilica, considered to be the largest in ancient Rome; the 40 metre high Trajan’s Column, which depicts salient episodes from the military operations of Roman emperor Trajan against the Dacians; and the Forum of Augustus, which commemorates the victory of Philippi and is dedicated to Mars Ultor. In the middle of the Via dei Fori Imperiali, you arrive at the entrance of the Roman Forum. This was the centre of life in imperial Rome, evidenced by the many remains of triumphal arches, temples and basilicas. Here, triumphal processions took place, elections were held and the Senate assembled.

The tour ends at the Colosseum, the most famous monument from ancient Rome. Its construction began in AD 75 and it was opened in AD 80, celebrated with a full day of bloody games during which, according to legend, 5,000 animals were killed.

Friday | 22 September

Vatican Museums

09:30 - 12:30

This is your chance to gain real insight into the Vatican Museums, one of Rome’s most visited attractions and one of the world’s most famous sights. The Vatican Museums are the public art and sculpture museums in the Vatican City, which display works from the extensive collection of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Julius II founded the museums in the 16th century.

The Gallery of Maps, the Sistine Chapel and the Stanza della Segnatura, painted by Raphael, will be just some of the highlights of your visit to the Vatican Museums. Prepare to be overwhelmed by beauty and greatness, take a moment to contemplate the multitude of works of art and be impressed by the most celebrated Italian artists. Continuing into Saint Peter’s Square, the splendid Saint Peter’s Basilica will reveal its many masterpieces, one of the most famous being the Pietà by Michelangelo, bringing this social tour to a stunning conclusion.

Full-Day Activity: Two Famous Residences in Rome

This full-day social tour on Saturday will take you to two of Rome’s most famous residences, Villa Medici and the Quirinal Palace. You will be accompanied by an expert tour guide, who will show you round and provide you with some fascinating information about these two extraordinary palaces situated just outside Rome city centre. Lunch will be served at a typical, traditional Italian restaurant, altogether a perfect way to end your visit to Rome.

Villa Medici and Quirinale Palace

Saturday | 23rd of September

Villa Medici and Quirinale Palace

09:00 - 16:00

Villa Medici, a sumptuous Renaissance palace was built for Cardinal Ricci da Montepulciano in 1540, but Ferdinando dei Medici bought it in 1576. It remained in Medici hands until 1801, when Napoleon acquired it for the French Academy. Participants will visit the wonderful landscaped gardens and the Cardinal’s painted apartments, enjoying incredible views over Rome, and will note the pieces of ancient Roman sculpture from the Ara Pacis embedded in the villa’s walls. The villa’s most famous resident was Galileo, who was imprisoned here between 1630 and 1633 during his trial for heresy, though Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg stayed here in the 1960s.

Quirinale Palace is the official residence of Italy’s head of state, the Presidente della Repubblica. For almost three centuries, this immense palace was the Pope’s summer residence, but in 1870 Pope Pius IX begrudgingly handed the keys over to Italy’s new king. Later, in 1948, it was given to the Italian State. It is located on the Quirinal Hill, the highest of the Seven Hills of Rome. Participants will follow two itineraries: the artistic/institutional itinerary, which includes a tour of the Piano Nobile (Bel Étage) and the Ground Floor, followed by the thematic itinerary, which features a tour of the Vasella room (containing crystal and silver objects and sets of dishes from 1785), the gardens and the collection of carriages and harnesses.

Entertainment Programme

Wednesday | 20th of September

Welcome Reception and Dinner

19:30 - 22:30

The Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel is one of Europe’s most charming and astonishing hotels. The Welcome Reception and Dinner event will delight all delegates and spouses/partners of EPTDA Rome 2017 with a surprising setting and carefully selected menu, specially designed to satisfy the most refined culinary tastes.

Friday | 22nd of September

Grand Finale and Closing Dinner | 20th Annual Convention After Party

19:30 - 23:00 | 23:00 - 01:00

We invite you to join the celebration of EPTDA Rome 2017, the 20th anniversary edition of EPTDA’s Annual Convention! The exclusive Grand Finale and Closing Dinner event will bring together delegates and spouses/partners on the Rome Cavalieri’s exquisite Tiepolo Terrace to taste a selection of fine dishes specially prepared for the occasion while enjoying the entertainment acts – and an after-party surprise.

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