1D Visit: Tivoli – May 17, 2018

travertine quarries, Hadrian’s Villa, Villa d’Este

Tomorrow we go to the historic town of Tivoli, a little more than 20 miles east of the city. Tivoli is home to two of the world’s great retreats: the Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa, aka Villa Adriana.

We will be meeting Riccardo d’Aquino at 8:45, behind (on the southern/river side) of the Supreme Court – that is, the opposite side of where Piazza Cavour is. We will have a lunch break between our two destinations – there are lunch options in town, though nothing spectacular. Be aware that while there is plenty of shade at the Villa d’Este, Hadrian’s Villa is much more exposed. Looks like similar weather to today, with minimal sprinkling – if I remember correctly you should be able to leave non-valuables on the mini bus.

1C Uses of History – May 16, 2018

Piazza della Repubblica, Baths of Diocletian/S. Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, Acqua Felice, S. Susanna, S. Maria della Vittoria, Gardens of Sallust, Porta Pia, Palazzo Ximenes, Villa Torlonia, Quartiere Coppede, MACRO, La Rinascente, Villa Borghese/Pincio

As we navigate through the northwest of central Rome, we concentrate on how contemporary Rome has built on its historical fabric as a source of fantasy, as well as seeing a series of attempts to integrate modern architecture at its most fantastic into the city.

9am meet outside the entrance of S. Maria degli Angeli on the north side of the Piazza della Repubblica (Repubblica stop on the red line).

1pm break for lunch at Villa Borghese

2pm-5pm reconvene for drawing exercise


1B Field of Action – May 15, 2018

Mausoleum of Augustus, Ara Pacis, Piazza di Spagna, Spanish Steps, Palazzo di Propaganda Fide, Trevi Fountain, Vicus Caprarius/Aqua Virgo, S. Andrea delle Fratte, Temple of Hadrian, Pantheon, Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, Piazza Navona,┬áS. Luigi dei Francesi, Campo dei Fiori, Palazzo Farnese

We are welcoming Rome Center head Davide Vitali today to take us on a circuit through the Campo Marzio, home of many of Rome’s icons: the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain. It will be a long journey and the weather is uncertain, so a light umbrella or rain jacket may be a smart idea.

9:30am meet at Ara Pacis (pictured above)

9:30-12:30 tour part one

12:30-1:30 lunch

1:30-5:30 tour part two, ending at Piazza Navona

1A Orientation – May 14, 2018

Piazza del Popolo, S. Maria in Montesanto, S. Maria dei Miracoli, S. Maria del Popolo

Today we’ll get oriented to our homebase, go over our work to date, and start exploring Rome together at the Piazza del Popolo! Remember to bring your work for Exercise 1 and 2, as well as your drawing tools. It looks like the weather will be cool with periods of rain, and we will be ducking into some churches, so dress accordingly.


8:30 meet men outside their apartment

8:45 meet women outside their apartment; walk together to Rome Center

9-12 orientation at Rome Center

12-1 break for lunch (bring your own or eat out)

1-2:30 review Exercise 1 & 2; introduce Exercise 3

2:30-4 do Exercise 3 on site at Piazza del Popolo

4-5 review Exercise 3 together


Good news – we have a fantastic, wide-ranging assembly of applicants, but are still looking for a few more to fill out our group! To that end, we have extended the deadline to January 15, 2018. Be in touch if you have any questions, and we will look forward to seeing your application!


Welcome to the all-new website for Ohio State’s Knowlton School of Architecture Rome Program. We are currently accepting applications for next year’s course, running for five weeks from May 11 to June 15 in 2018. Have a look around, and be in touch through the comments or via email at parscher.1 if you have any questions!