Biblical Resources Study Tour to Northern Italy
October 17–28, 2005 • Hosted by Dr. Jim Fleming
Join Dr. Jim Fleming on an educational journey through northern Italy. Explore Rome, the Eternal City, including its spectacular cathedrals, museums and archaeological treasures; Naples and Pompeii, where a fateful eruption of Mt. Vesuvius both destroyed and preserved the 1st Century Roman city of Pompeii; Florence, magnificent heart of Renaissance culture and art; Venice, city of canals, where you'll explore the exquisite artistry and opulence of a city filled with beautiful mosaics, lavish palaces and priceless religious artifacts. End your journey in Milan, modern commercial center of Italy and home to Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper and La Scala, the world's most renowned opera house. Dr. Fleming's unique teaching style and knowledge of history, scripture and archaeology guarantees a fascinating educational travel adventure for all.
Mon., Oct. 17: Depart from USA.
Tues., Oct. 18: Arrive in Rome. We will have an orientation tour of Rome, then on to our hotel. Overnight in Rome.
Wed., Oct. 19: We will walk to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Prassede which is renown for its mosaics and frescoes. We will continue with a visit to the Domus Aurea, part of the magnificent Golden Palace of Nero, newly restored and opened. We will view the Arch of Constantine and the Arch of Titus. We will visit the Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill and the Colosseum (Flavian amphitheater). Overnight in Rome.
Thurs., Oct. 20: Today we will visit the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangeo's extraordinary frescoes and St. Peter's Basilica with the famous Pieta by Michelangelo. In addition, we will see Bernini's elliptical colonnades which form the piazza, and the famous St. Peter's Dome by Michelangelo. In the afternoon we will visit the Catacombs which served as burial places for ancient Romans and which also served as secret meeting places for the early Christians who often endured persecution. Overnight in Rome.
Fri., Oct. 21: Early morning departure to Naples. We will visit the Archaeological Museum of Naples famous for its frescoes and mosaics from Pompeii. Drive to Sorrento for dinner and overnight.
Sat., Oct. 22: A full day visit to Pompeii to understand the archaeological insights into New Testament interpretation that have resulted from the Pompeii excavations. The fateful eruption of Mt. Vesuvius on August 24 of 79 AD both destroyed and preserved the First Century Roman city of Pompeii. We will visit the forum, the theater, the amphitheater, gymnasium baths and temples. We will also visit several villas where we will see kitchens, heated baths and u-shaped triclinium dining areas and gardens of some villas not open to the general public. Overnight in Sorrento.
Sun., Oct. 23: A morning departure for Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Florence is a walker's city. It is a city of visual splendor graced with majestic monuments, regal palazzi and unparalleled works of art. We will visit the Duomo (the Cathedral which took almost two centuries to be completed with construction begun in 1296,) the 8th Century Baptistery with its pre-renaissance mosaics and gilded broze doors which will serve as a place for us to discuss the differences between Middle Age and Renaissance Art. Overnight in Florence.
Mon., Oct. 24: This morning we will visit the Uffizi Gallery with a breathtaking collection of Renaissance paintings at the Piazza della Signoria and the Academia housing the famous "David." In the afternoon we will visit the Synagogue and discuss the life of the Jews living under Christian domination in the Diaspora. We will have some time at leisure to enjoy the wonders of this Renaissance city. Overnight in Florence.
Tues., Oct. 25: We will have a morning departure to drive to Venice. As we traverse the beautiful rolling Italian countryside, we will stop at the seaside town of Ravenna which is famous for its early Christian and Byzantine mosaics which adorn its churches and monuments. Overnight in Venice.
Wed., Oct. 26: We will sail through the canals to view the beautiful palaces and churches. We will visit the Basilica of San Marco where the relics of the saint were brought by two Venetian merchants from Alexandria. See the exquisite mosaics on the walls, arches and domes; the Byzantine golden altar piece inlaid with precious stones and the four bronze horses (3rd c. BCE) brought to Venice from Constantinople. We will also visit the Palazzo Ducale, the purest expression of Venetian prosperity and power in the 15th century period when the Most Serene Republic reached its peak. Overnight in Venice.
Thurs., Oct. 27: Morning departure to Milan where on a walking tour we will visit the Duomo, La Scala, Cathedral of San Ambrogio, Santa Maria delle Grazie for Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper and continue on to Lago Maggiore/Stressa. Overnight Milan.
Fri., Oct. 28: Transfer to airport for the return flight to the USA.
Study Tour to Northern Italy Included Features
• Round trip scheduled flights from the East Coast and return.
• First Class accommodations throughout the trip.
• All Sightseeing and Excursions, Guides and Entrance Fees.
• Breakfast and dinner each day.
• All tips for guides, drivers and portage throughout the trip.
• On-site and hotel lectures by Dr. James Fleming and Biblical Resources Staff.
• Comfortable, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout the trip.
Tour Prices, Fees & Options
Study Tour to Northern Italy:
Double Occupancy: $3995*
Single Occupancy: add $???
* This includes airport taxes, fuel charge supplement and all tips on trip.
Please download the reservation application and fax or mail it to us, together with your $400 per person deposit. Fax to: 215-572-9803. Mail to 500 Old York Road, Suite 200, Jenkintown, PA 19046.
About Jim Fleming, your guide and teacher
Dr. James Fleming, "Jim" as he is known to the many who have enjoyed his teaching around the world both on tour or in the classroom, serves as Director of Biblical Resources Study Center in Jerusalem, Israel, an ecumenical organization serving Christians around the world. He is also founder of the World of the Bible Archaeological Museum and Pilgrim Center at Ein Karem, Jerusalem. He has lived and worked in Israel since 1974, and he has developed courses of study in historical geography and biblical history.
Jim divides his time lecturing around the world, leading study tours to the Holy Land and the Mediterranean World, and teaching guide courses and directing the World of the Bible Garden in Ein Karem, Jerusalem. Through lectures and study tours, he weaves Archaeology, History, Geography, and Theology together to help us understand Biblical times and the events, hopes and fears of the people in various Biblical periods.
For more information, please contact:
Biblical Resources Trip Coordinator
P.O. Box 7051
Springfield, IL 62791