Excursions and Tours

The Congress is pleased to provide to participants and accompanying people some English-language social tours and activities during URSI 2020 GASS. Those tours give the opportunity to discover Rome and some of its cultural attractions. The following proposals consist of a series of tour programmes that will concern the major touristic attractions in and outside Rome.

A minimum of participants is required for each tour, if the minimum is not reached by June 1st, 2020, your tour could be cancelled for lack of participation. You will be then assigned another tour if available or, otherwise, you will be reimbursed. No exchange or reimbursement will be possible after June 1st, 2020.

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IMPERIAL FORUMS, THE ROMAN FORUM AND THE COLOSSEUM 
August 29th, 2020 and September 2nd, 2020  
Departure at 10h00 – Duration:  3 hrs
Meeting Point:  Piazza d’Aracoeli, 3 – 10’ before departure
Minimum 20 Persons – Maximum 30 Persons
Rate per person incl. English Guide and earphones: € 67,00 (Italian 22% VAT included)
Note: not recommended to guests with reduced mobility

The road which departs from Piazza Venezia to reach the Colosseum crosses the entire area of the Imperial Forums and the Traiano Market, which constitutes the largest archaeological city in the world.  The Roman Forum was the center of life of the Ancient Rome, evidenced by the many remains of triumphal arches, temples and basilicas. The itinerary ends at the Colosseum, the most famous Roman monument, opened in 80 A.D.  

ROMAN JEWISH WALKING TOUR
August 30th, 2020  
Departure at 15h30 – Duration:  2,5 hrs
Meeting Point:  Via Catalana, Jewish Museum main entrance – 10’ before departure  
Minimum 20 Persons – Maximum 30 Persons
Rate per person incl. English Guide and earphones: € 58,00 (Italian 22% VAT included)
Note: not recommended to guests with reduced mobility

The Jewish community of Rome is the oldest Jewish community in the Diaspora. Jews first came to Rome from Jerusalem in 161 BC asking for protection from the Romans against the Syrian king, Antiochus. Since then, they have never left the city. 

A visit starts from the Jewish Museum and Main Synagogue and continues into the narrow and lively streets of the Ghetto district. 

CULT AND MYSTERIES OF UNDERGROUND ROME
September 1st, 2020  
Departure at 15h30 – Duration:  2,5 hrs
Meeting Point:  Basilica of San Clemente main entrance – 10’ before departure
Minimum 20 Persons – Maximum 30 Persons
Rate per person incl. English Guide and earphones: € 55,00 (Italian 22% VAT included)
Note: not recommended to guests with reduced mobility

Rome is a city full of underground secrets, passages very interesting: this tour is focused on places of the Caelian Hill that “hide” mysteries and traditions of the Ancient city as the Temple of Mithras under the Basilica of S. Clement, a cult that had its origins in Persia and was brought to Rome in the 1C BC by the Roman legions posted in the Eastern provinces and the Roman houses discovered under the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, particularly interesting for their wall paintings. 

VATICAN MUSEUMS AND SISTINE CHAPEL 
September 1st or September 2nd, 2020 
Departure at 11h30 – Duration:  3 hrs
Meeting Point: Vatican Museums main entrance 10’ before departure
Minimum 20 Persons – Maximum 30 Persons
Rate per person incl. English Guide and earphones: € 68,00 (Italian 22% VAT included)
Note: not recommended to guests with reduced mobility

The Vatican Museums, one of the largest and most impressive museum complex in the world, contain hundreds of works of art commissioned and collected by the Popes over the centuries and created by the most famous artists in history. The Vatican Museums contain masterpieces of painting, sculpture and other works of art collected by the popes through the centuries. 

COOKING CLASS ON ROMAN CUISINE AT EATALY
September 3rd, 2020  
Starting at 11h00 – Duration:  3 hrs
Meeting Point: Eataly Rome Piazzale 12 Ottobre 1492 – 10’ before starting
Minimum 10 Persons – Maximum 20 Persons
Rate per person incl. English Chef, food for the cooking of the recipes, one kitchen apron, hat, cookbook: € 125,00 (Italian 22% VAT included)
Note: recommended to all guests

The guests, with our chef, will cook typical Italian dishes with excellent products. At the end of the course the participants will taste the recipes prepared in the classroom.

HADRIAN’S VILLA D’ESTE-DAY TRIP
September 3rd, 2020  
Departure at 10h00 – Duration:  7,5 hrs (BUS transfer and Light Lunch included)
Meeting Point:  Termini Station, Via Giolitti corner Via Cavour – 10’ before departure  
Minimum 20 Persons – Maximum 30 Persons
Rate per person incl. full bay bus at disposal, English guide and earphones, both Villa’s entrance tickets, light lunch in local restaurant: € 158,00 (Italian 22% VAT included)
Note: not recommended to guests with reduced mobility

First stop will be Hadrian’s Villa, one of the most important buildings constructed in the 2nd century under Hadrian’s rule, who had it built because he wasn’t happy in his palace on Palatine Hill.  Hadrian’s Villa is a complex set in luscious green gardens and made up of a number of palaces, fountains and baths influenced by Greek and Egyptian architectural styles.

The tour will then take you into Tivoli town, where you’ll have your light lunch and then you’ll make your second stop at the Villa d’Este, a luxurious Renaissance residence whose walls and ceilings are decorated with ornate frescos. The palazzo itself is spectacular, and its extraordinary gardens even more so. Amongst its dense greenery are more than 500 fountains and sculptures, including favourites like The Hundred Fountains and The Fountain of the Organ.

OSTIA ANTICA HALF-DAY TOUR FROM ROME
September 4th, 2020  
Departure at 08h30 – Duration:  5,00 hrs (BUS transfer included)
Meeting Point: Ostiense Metro Station – 10’ before departure  
Minimum 20 Persons – Maximum 30 Persons
Rate per person incl. half day bus at disposal, English guide and earphones, entrance ticket: € 90,00 (Italian 22% VAT included)
Note: not recommended to guests with reduced mobility

Ostia Antica was one of the most thriving Roman seaports during Julius Caesar’s time and continued to prosper under Tiberius.    Your English-speaking guide will guide you through the well-preserved archaeological remains, while you learn about the city’s fascinating history, once Rome’s most important seaport and with a population of approximately 100,000 inhabitants.

Visit the Baths of Neptune, where you’ll admire a beautifully intact mosaic of the sea god. These baths once had numerous pools, saunas and gymnasiums.  Go to the imposing amphitheater, which thanks to its impressive state of preservation, still houses numerous concerts and shows. Go back in time and feel like one of the 2,000 spectators once did. Next, head to Diana’s House, a great place to get a glimpse of how the citizens of Ancient Rome used to live. It is full of original objects of the time. Afterwards, pay a visit to Thermopolium, an old tavern that still preserves the stands where the food was once served.

Note: GASS 2020 Organising Secretariat is at your disposal at ursi2020@aimgroup.eu for further inquiries about above mentioned tours accessibility and mobility restrictions.