Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.
-Giotto di Bondone
Rome, the eternal city. I have only been once, which is not enough as far as I am concerned. I do believe it is time for a little refresher course and am working on spending Christmas there with my family. While doing some personal research I came across a site that I had to share in the event that some of you are thinking about heading that way.
iDC Rome or Institute of Design and Culture is a site like none other I have discovered. Bottom line, it is a company based in Rome that offers courses ranging from wine tasting, garden tours and in-depth museum studies for tourists who have 2 hours to spare or a whole day to immerse themselves in a cultural topic. Think of it as Rome with a twist. For instance, I am always amazed at the physiques of Roman statues from antiquity and the question begs to be asked, and I always ask it, "Did the ancient Romans work out?" Funny, but a course is offered on just that topic called Body Buildings with visits to spectacular ancient bath complexes where the Romans pampered themselves. Honestly, I am so signing up for that tour!!
The site goes beyond just its course offerings and is laid out in a most entertaining way. There is a city shop, city library, study hall and a fabulous blog that is going on my list of favorite places to visit each day. Whether you are planning a trip to Rome or not, you do yourself a huge disservice if you don't check it out. You might just be convinced to go get yourself a ticket and head on over!!
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