ITALY: March 3-13, 2020 "Paul's Response to the Roman World" (Program #200301)


Day One.  Departure Day

Depart US from international gateway for Rome, Italy. Meals and overnight: In flight.

Day Two.  Arrival and Rest

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for some rest, a nice dinner and a good night's sleep. Dinner will be served at your hotel. Overnight: Golden Tulip Isola Sacra (1 of 2 nights).

Day Three.  What it meant to be a Roman. Rome was a city, an Empire and an ideology. Today we will examine how government, goods, services and transport held a sprawling empire together. (Sites: Ostia Antica). Overnight: Golden Tulip Isola Sacra (2nd of 2 nights).  

Day Four. Roman Power and the New Testament.

All the New Testament writers lived and died in the shadow of Roman power. Today we will seek to “set” the Roman rulers in the background of the New Testament and measure some of their impact on the story during the spread of the message of Jesus. (Sites: Via Appia, MANSIO Foro Appio (cp. Acts 28), Maritime Villa of Emperor Tiberius at Sperlonga and Museum) Minturno. Overnight: Albergo Scalzone at Castel Volturno (or comparable). B,L,D 

Day Five. Paul and His Epistles.

Today we will examine what forged the identity of a Roman and compare how Paul both identified and used those methods of unification to build God’s people into the body of Christ in his Epistles. The setting will help us understand “street scenes” that became motifs of his epistles. Our goal is to uncover the challenge of the Gospel as it moved into the pagan world. Sites will include Herculaneum and Pompeii. Overnight: Sorrento (1 of 2).

Day Six. Free Day in Sorrento.

Today is a day at leisure, where you are on your own. You will wake up to one of the most beautiful "world class" cities in Europe, perched high above the water of the Bay of Naples. You can walk through the vendor streets of the old town, opt to take a high speed ferry over to the island of Capri, or even arrange an excursion to the Amalfi coast through a local agency. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner theatre with good food, lots of music and a fun time (conditions permitting). Overnight: Sorrento (2 of 2).

Day Seven. The Great Transformation.

The Gospel came to Rome in the hearts of the first Apostles, Peter and Paul. Yet, in time, it took on characteristics that were (in the minds of many historians) far more Roman than (in many ways) Christian. Today we will look at that transformation from the simple message of Jesus as it was “adapted” to a Roman way of thinking during the period of the first few hundred years of the church. (Sites include: Villa San Marco, Oplontis (Villa Poppea), Boscoreale Museum, Montecassino). Overnight: Villa degli Angeli at Castel Gandolfo. B,D

Day Eight. A Spectacular Civilization.

Today we will see the greatest single way Rome was held together, by energizing spectacle. In the afternoon, we will note how the Gospel did not stop with Paul’s Epistles, but was transmitted through the centuries to largely illiterate masses by means of the arts. (Sites include: Walk on Via Appia Antica, Circus Maximus, Pons Fabricio, Theatre of Marcellus, Capitoline Hill, Roman Forum and Colosseum. Overnight: Best Western Universo, Rome. (1 of 3) B

Day Nine. Paul's Two Visits in Rome.

Paul came to Rome at least twice, each time under a form of legal arrest. On the first trip he wrote the so called "Prison Epistles". On the latter trip, he penned some “Pastoral Epistles.” This morning we will visit the setting from which Paul likely wrote some of these letters. Later, we will follow Paul's second visit from his arrival to his beheading and burial. (Sites will include the Pantheon, St. Paul alla Regola, Abbey of the Three Fountains, St. Paul's Outside the Walls, and a sobering visit to the Catacombs). Overnight: Best Western Universo, Rome (2 of 3). B

Day Ten: The Gospel and Art

This morning we will encounter how the Gospel moved out into an illiterate world through the canvas fo artists and the chisels of sculptures. Our visit will include the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Church in Vatican City. Time to shop this afternoon will allow you to get those gifts you wanted to buy! Choose your favorite restaurant for dinner tonight! Overnight: Best Western Universo, Rome (3 of 3). B

Day Eleven: Return Day

Your flight will likely be arriving later the same day. Flights should be scheduled to depart FCO after 10:30 AM if you want to use CTSP’s transfer. Otherwise, the Leonardo Express train is a 5 minute walk from our hotel, and costs 14 euros.

*Every effort will be made to complete the full itinerary. Yet, because conditions are often unpredictable in travel, we reserve the right to make changes during the tour

Airfares are not posted this far in advance.

Even though prices are not yet listed for this study program, if you want to go, we recommend you reserve your space with a deposit and registration. When our price is released, you will be notified. If at that time, you decide this program will not work for you, the deposit will be refunded.