With Rome as a home base, faculty-led excursions are an integral component to many of the classes offered at Temple Rome. Classes not only take advantage of the living cultural museum that is Rome, but often go further afield to explore Italy and beyond.
SPECIAL TOPICS IN DESIGN: ITALIAN FOOD, DESIGN AND SUSTAINABILITY/SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: ITALIAN FOOD, DESIGN AND SUSTAINABILITY : Lazio Agriturismo tourism farm
As agro-tourists we spend a weekend at a farm in Lazio, exploring traditional regional approaches to farming and food products such as wine, oil and cheese. Experiencing Italian sustainable agricultural practices in the field illustrates the basis for the contemporary food/design climate in Italy. Pasta and cheese making lessons are included.
Design studio in Rome: Naples & Amalfi Coast
A truly immersive investigation of the most spectacular examples of Italian vernacular architecture blended in the landscape of the Amalfi cost.
Small towns, spontaneously conceived and built through centuries of lessons on how to harvest the natural benefits of the site as fundamental bioclimatic potentials of their buildings .
The tour include also the visit to contemporary buildings as the Zaha Hadid’s new Boat Terminal in Salerno, Oscar Niemeyer’s Concert Hall in Ravello, Paolo Soleri’s Ceramic Factory in Vietri and more to discover along the way.
ADVANCED PAINTING / ADVANCED DRAWING / VISUAL STUDIES HYBRID PAINTING / GALLERIES AND STUDIOS: VENICE
PDS courses offer the opportunity to combine studio work with the Rome experience as a way to explore ideas and materials as well as the development of an individualized approach to drawing and painting. In the AH 2622 course students receive an overview of the artistic developments in Rome in the past 25 years.
Special Topics: Italian Mafia: Palermo
The excursion exposes students to locations, events and processes discussed in the course Italian Mafia. Part of the excursion is based in Palermo, part in the Belice Valley. The tour explores both rural and urban expressions of mafia and antimafia activism. Visits to important locations are combined with encounters engaging local antimafia activists on topics concerning their activities. The photograph shows the spring 2018 group with activists from Addiopizzo.
HISTORY OF ART IN ROME: TIVOLI
Each week the class visits a historical site or museum in order to reconstruct through living examples the artistic fabric of the city, from the Etruscan through the Baroque periods. On excursion to Tivoli participants visit the beautiful Villa Adrian and Villa D’Este.
Masters of the RENAISSANCE ART: FLORENCE
Weekly class lectures and on-site visits examine the visual art from the beginning of the High Renaissance through c. 1600. On excursion to Florence students will visit the Uffizi Gallery.
TOPICS IN 20TH CENTURY ART THE ART OF FASCISM IN ROME: BERLIN
The purpose of Berlin excursion is to explore the topic of historical memory of the difficult history of Nazisocialism as reflected in the built landscape and cultural institutions of the city. Reflecting on the Fascist-era art and architecture that abounds in Rome, we compare and contrast the urban landscape of contemporary Berlin with that of the Eternal City. In Berlin, we visit the Holocaust Memorial, Jewish Museum Berlin, Sammlung Boros bunker, and Templehof Airport to reflect on architecture of the Nazi past, contemporary uses of WWII buildings, and modern museums and cultural institutions that commemorate the terrors of the Nazi regime.
CLASSICAL AND STATISTICAL THERMODYNAMICS: TERNI
The Cascate delle Marmore is an artificial waterfall located in the province of Terni, Umbria. It is the tallest man-made waterfall in the world with a total height of 165m. Due to its “terrible beauty” the waterfalls were a favorite sightseeing spot in the Grand Tour and among romantic poets, such as Lord Byron; nowadays the Cascate are a popular tourist attraction. The waterfalls are of utmost engineering interest both for civil engineers, because of all the hydraulic works which date back to the ancient (third century BC) and papal Rome, and for mechanical engineers because the waters are nowadays exploited in a hydroelectric power plant.
The Thermodynamics class has taken a guided tour to the lower part of the Cascate and then climbed along a steep path to the upper plateau, where a hearty lunch was waiting for the adventurous group. After lunch, a group of students has explained to the rest of the class how hydroelectric power plants work with the aid of the huge hydraulic turbines which are laid in the industrial archaeology park surrounding the Cascate.
WONDERS OF ROME: ART & CULTURE OF THE BAROQUE ERA: NAPLES
As a leading local expert, Prof. Anna Tuck-Scala has enjoyed taking students for over two decades to discover the secrets, surprises and treasures of baroque Naples. The itinerary includes viewing Caravaggio’s paintings, and visiting the Cathedral, the Certosa di San Martino, the Capodimonte Museum and churches in Spaccanapoli. In addition, students find out about how to do research in historical archives, and get a taste of the Neapolitan cuisine and culture.
ANCIENT ROMAN HISTORIANS / ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT ROME AND THE MEDITERRANEAN: TERRACINA, SPERLONGA, BAIA, STABIAE, POMPEI, PAESTUM
The excursion intends to study the ancient topography and history of the coastal area south of Rome, from Terracina to Paestum. It looks at the different populations and types of settlement and the use of the territory against the background of the rise of the power of Rome in the area. The archaeological evidence is used as a source to reconstruct the history from the Greek colonisation to the Roman occupation. In Sperlonga we look at the remains of the villa of Tiberius and its grand sculptural decoration; in Stabiae and Pompei the function of the house and its decoration is central; Paestum has some of the best preserved Greek temples of the entire Mediterranean.
ROMAN HISTORY / ANCIENT ROMAN HISTORIANS: MINTURNAE, CUMA, POZZUOLI, BOSCOREALE, POMPEI, PAESTUM
The excursion intends to study the ancient art and architecture of the coastal area south of Rome, from Terracina to Paestum. It looks at the material culture of the different populations that inhabited the area, from the Greeks to the Samnites to the Romans. Hellenisation, Romanisation, cultural contamination are explained in the private and public architecture and the decorative arts. We will look at the urban layered history of the cities against the background of the expansion of Roman rule in Italy. In these cities the public and private architecture will be examined to draw conclusions regarding local and imperial political, social and religious programs.
Fundamentals of European Business / Contemporary Politics in Europe / Special Topic: Immigration: Lisbon
The field trip to Lisbon offers students the possibility to getting in touch with the representatives of the EU Commission and Parliament in Portugal and with some local NGOs, as well as to visiting some historical neighbourhoods of Lisbon. Furthermore, thanks to the EU-funded project title Rock (rockproject.eu), students will have the chance to visit Marvila, an historical neighbourhood of Lisbon that is becoming a life-size laboratory of deep transformations and actions for urban regeneration.
Hand Papermaking and Printmaking : Fabriano
This overnight excursion, for students of Papermaking and Intaglio printmaking, focuses on an immersive experience of hand papermaking within the historic city of Fabriano; longtime center of the papermaking trade in Italy and on-going producer of world class fine art and technical papers. Students will learn about the history and contemporary practice of papermaking through site visits to the Museo Istocarta, with its world class collection of watermarks, the Museo della Carta e Filligrana, which holds an unrivaled collection of antique papermaking machinery and tools, as well as the Museo della Stampa, where an impressive array of antique printing presses convey the historical arc of the evolution of printing. The excursion is capped off with a hands on workshop in the laboratory of master papermaker Lorenzo Santoni, in which students learn the fundamentals of paper making and produce their very own collection of hand-formed fine art papers.
FROM CONSTANTINE TO MOHAMMED. ART AND ARCHITECTURE FROM THE 4TH TO THE 8TH CENTURY A.D. : AQUILEIA, RAVENNA, BOLOGNA
The excursion intends to reconstruct the art-historical and socio-cultural context of the upper Adriatic area from the age of the soldier emperors to the byzantine conquest (3rd-6th cent. AD); to learn about the early-Christian art and architecture of this region that embraced both shores of the northern Adriatic sea and to define its place within the general artistic context of the late-antique and early-byzantine art and architecture of the 4th-6th cent. AD; to understand the impact of imperial building activity on the urban development of Ravenna, being a capital and ecclesiastical centre of the Western Roman Empire during the late-antique and early-byzantine period; to see better the links between the architecture and the decorative parts of the building (floor- and wall decoration; architectural sculpture; furniture; etc.); to delineate the influence of the East in general and of Constantinople in particular upon the development of art and architecture in the West; to understand the importance of the church architecture in the region within the general development of architecture on the Italian peninsula.
Special Topics: Human Rights Here and Now : Nisida
This excursion, visiting the Juvenile Detention Center in Nisida, is part of the Human Rights Now course, and it is aimed at fostering a first-hand understanding of the respect of dignity and human rights of convicted minors and vocational programs in prisons for social reintegration of juveniles.
Participants will be visiting the different laboratories hosting the vocational activities the detainees attend daily, from the making of the Nativity statues (statuette del presepio), through the pizza ovens and the panettoni (Christmas cakes) bakeries, to the pottery, iron forging, sculpture and sowing labs and sailing port. We will discuss how a strategy of social reintegration is implemented through skill-gaining, to ensure the eventual come back of the juveniles into society will be efficient, successful, and productive, so that they may have a real alternative than the previous life which led them to Nisida.
Rome Sketchbook: Tuscania
Multiple sections of the Rome Sketchbook class travel together for an all-day drawing marathon to the medieval hill town of Tuscania, near Viterbo. The morning session begins outside the town’s fortified walls at the churches of San Pietro and Santa Maria Maggiore, used in the films “Romeo and Juliet” by Zeffirelli and “Uccellacci and Uccellini” by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Students sketch from remnants of Etruscan coffins and artifacts, Romanesque stone creatures and frescoed devils munching on some unfortunate sinners in hell. After a regenerating lunch at a local “hosteria,” the group gathers at the Park of Torre Lavello where a vast, rolling landscape inspires panoramas in pencil, charcoal and watercolor. Occurring at the beginning of each semester, this field trip is a wonderful opportunity for the new Temple Rome students to get to know each other and their professors, while exchanging feedback on their artwork in a magnificent setting.