FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Division of Continuing Studies at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will be sponsoring a 14-day study tour of Rome, Italy, next summer. Students are invited to explore the hidden underground vaults of an ancient Roman theatre with an architect and marvel at seldom-seen sculptural masterpieces in a Renaissance palace courtyard with an art historian. These are just two of the adventures that will be part of Rome, Italy: The Secret and the Sacred.
Participants can travel for pleasure or for three college credits during the tour, scheduled for June 24 to July 5, 2014. They will be accompanied by instructor and art historian Samantha Birk, who has taught courses in design history at IPFW and is a former curator of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art; and tour leader and instructor Matthew Kubik, an architect and associate professor who teaches courses on architecture and urban design. “I actually know Rome better than the streets of my hometown,” says Kubik, who lived in Rome for one year and is leading his 21st Rome travel course in 2014. “I’m excited to be able to show travelers the hidden courtyards, gardens, alleys, and underground excavations that the average tourist never sees.”
Those who may be interested in participating in next summer’s tour of Rome are invited to meet the tour leaders at two upcoming information meetings. The meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, November 26, at noon, in Room 114, and Monday, December 2, at noon, in Room G21. Both rooms are located in Walb Student Union on the IPFW campus.
Course highlights include tours of the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, baroque gardens, churches, and piazzas. Travelers will also have an exclusive “after hours” tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, led by Birk. Tours outside Rome include a visit to the gardens of Villa d'Este in Tivoli and a tour of the excavations of the ancient port city Ostia Antica. Free days allow for individual touring of Italy.
Past students have picnicked in the Roman Forum, explored the excavations under St. Peter's Basilica, and in 2006 helped 500,000 ecstatic Romans celebrate the Italian victory in the Soccer World Cup in the ancient Circus Maximus. “These are memorable experiences that can't be found in an ordinary tour,” says Kubik, who points out that the trip is for adventurers of all ages. Travelers in past years have ranged in age from 15 to 70.
Participants will be traveling through a study tour sponsored by Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Sponsored study tours typically provide more value for the travel dollar. The instructors provide personal attention throughout the trip along with specialized knowledge in art and architecture history, interior design, and archaeology. While the study tour can be taken for three college credits, those traveling for pleasure do not have to invest in extra reading or writing papers, but can simply enjoy the special experiences and events that take place during the tour.
Cost of the tour is $4,200 for community members, or $3,899 plus tuition for IPFW students. Fees include round-trip airfare from Chicago, lodging on the beautiful Aventine Hill, all travel and entrance fees in Italy, daily breakfast and a main meal, and basic medical insurance. The tour size is limited, and deposits are due by Feb. 14, 2014.
For additional course and tour information, plan to attend one of the information meetings on November 26 or December 2, or call Kubik at 260-481-6581 or Birk at 260-481-6368. For registration, call IPFW Continuing Studies, 260-481-6619, or visit the Continuing Studies website.