Cultural Activities

 A Walk Through Time

The guided tours in Rome will take place on Saturday 16th May, in the afternoon. All participants will be collected at the Conference venue, main entrance, at 15.45. The different destinations will be reached by metro; each group will be accompanied to the departing point of the tour.
Fees (15 euros) include entrance ticket. Three different itineraries are available. Before the conference, all participants to the cultural activities will be kindly requested to fill an online questionnaire to select the preferred itinerary. 
Itinerary 1 – Ancient Rome: Palazzo Massimo/Terme di Diocleziano
16:45 – 19:00 Departure: Palazzo Massimo
The nineteenth-century Neo-Renaissance style Palazzo Massimo alle Terme houses today one of the world's most important collections of Classical art. 
On the four floors of the museum, sculptures, frescoes and mosaics, coins and jewels guide us through the evolution of Roman arts and culture from the late Republican age through Late Antiquity (2nd c. BCE - 5th c. CE). More
The visit will then continue in the Baths of Diocletian (Terme di Diocleziano), the most imposing thermal complex ever built in Rome. Erected between 298 and 306 CE, they covered more than 13 hectares and could accommodate up to 3000 people at the same time. More 
Itinerary 2 – Late Renaissance in Rome: Church of San Luigi dei Francesi/Palazzo Altemps/Pantheon
17:00-19:00 Departure: San Luigi dei Francesi
The French National Church, founded by Cardinal Giulio de’ Medici (later Pope Clemente VII) in 1518, and completed in 1589 by Giacomo della Porta and Domenico Fontana, is famous for three paintings by Caravaggio dedicated to St. Matthew and for the frescoes by Domenichino. More
The magnificently decorated Palazzo Altemps, whose core building is due to Girolamo Riario, in the 15th century, was acquired in 1568 by the cardinal of German origin Markus Sitticus III von Hohenems Altemps, who established therein his collection of ancient sculptures. Palazzo Altemps houses today important collections of Greek and Roman sculptures belonging to different families of the Roman aristocracy in the 16th and 17th centuries. The arrangement of the statues inside the rooms reproduces the antiquarian taste for ostentatious display typical of the time. More
Dedicated to the worship of every god (Pan: every - Theon: divinity), the Pantheon was built by the Emperor Hadrian between 118 and 125 CE over the ruins of another temple dating back to 27 CE.  Statesman and General Marcus Agrippa was responsible for the construction of the original church. A dedicatory inscription is clearly visible over today’s portico. In 609, the Pantheon was converted into a Christian Church by Pope Boniface IV and consecrated to Santa Maria of the Martyrs. Turned into a memorial chapel for the kings of Italy in 1870, the tombs of Vittorio Emanuele II, Umberto I and Margherita of Savoy are to be found here together with that of the celebrated Renaissance Artist Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, who is more often referred to as simply Raphael. More

Itinerary 3 – Medieval Rome: Monastery of Santi Quattro Coronati (Gothic Hall excluded)/Basilica of San Clemente (3 levels, including lower basilica and suburra romana)/Walk in Rione Celio (Piazza S. Maria in Domnica, Clivo di Scauro, Via Claudia)
16:45-19:00 Departure: Santi Quattro Coronati
The original basilica of Ss. Quattro Coronati (the four crowned martyrs) was founded towards the fourth century. In 1084, the basilica was sacked by Robert Guiscard's troops and burnt to the ground. It was rebuilt in the twelfth century by Pope Paschal II. More
The basilica of St. Clemente is one of the most interesting examples of historical stratification of the underground Rome. Under the present church (Basilica Superiore, twelfth century), there are other two underground levels: a more ancient Basilica (Basilica Inferiore, fourth century), and the remains of a Mithraic Temple and buildings of Roman period (First-Second century). More
The Tour will end by a walk through the area of Caelian Hill (Piazza S. Maria in Domnica, Clivo di Scauro, Via Claudia), looking at some of the more interesting traces of Medieval Rome.