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Updated A.Y. 2018-2019



Course Description

The guided open-air course is intended to provide insight to the extraordinary history of the monuments in Rome by visiting its most important urban sites. This approach aims to explain the history of the city of Rome throughout its history and extraordinary monuments, to demonstrate in a short time the density of the masterpieces of art and architecture and to explain the specific phenomenon, when the symbolic contents constantly compete with the physical appearance of the buildings.


Teaching Method

The course aims to develop such skills:

  • to recognize the monuments of Rome,
  • to develop the basic knowledge of the history of art and architecture, its main concepts and terms,
  • to be aware of the main historical events that defined the urban environment,
  • to understand the impact of the historical events on the artistic aspect of monuments,
  • to understand the connection between the architecture, visual arts and social and economic development,
  • to have an idea about main public art collections of Rome and their location. 


Schedule of Topics


Topic 1

The Palatine (Domus Augustana, Horti Farnesiani), Roman and Imperial  Forums, The Capitol, Colosseum, Vittoriano Complex, Musei  Capitolini.

Topic 2

St. Peter’s Basilica, Saint Angel’s Castel, Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo, Stanze by Raphael)

Topic 3

Villa Farnesina, Via Giulia, Palazzo Farnese, Palazzo Spada-Capodiferro, Palazzo della Cancelleria, Palazzo Mattei, Palazzo Venezia

Topic 4

Santa Maria del Popolo, Piazza di Spagna, Barberini Palace and Gallery, Fon tana di Trevi, San Carlino alle  Quattro Fontane, Sant’Andrea al Quirinale, Palazzo del Quirinale

Topic 5

Pantheon, Piazza di Pietra, Piazza Navona, Baths of Diocletian, National Archeological Museum Palazzo Massimo alle Terme.

Topic 6

EUR district, MAXXI – Museum of Arts of XXI c.  (Zaha Hadid Architects), Ara Pacis Museum