Roman Engineering Italian Study Tour

Upcoming Study Tour

October 3-7, 2022
Rome, Pompeii, and Naples

About the Study Tour

Much of today’s “modern” engineering and infrastructure have their roots in the engineering innovations of the Roman Empire. Please join Roman Engineering Professor, Dr. Bill Hunt, for a study tour of Roman infrastructure marvels in Italy. This 5-day program visits some of the most famous Roman sites in history including the Roman Colosseum, the Forum, Pompeii, and the Pantheon. In addition, come walk or pedal the oldest paved road in existence, the Appian Way, and wander among the densest collection of ancient aqueducts on earth. The tour is based in Rome with an overnight trip to Pompeii and Naples. Dr. Hunt is an enthusiast of “awesome engineering achievements” and can’t wait to share his love and knowledge of Roman engineering with you.

Note regarding mobility and stamina: The tour is not recommended for individuals who utilize a wheelchair or have mobility issues. Rome, Pompeii, and Naples are ancient cities with steep inclines, uneven cobblestone streets and sidewalks, and several stairs. Many of the activities on this tour will encounter these obstacles. Additionally, guests will be expected to walk and stand for several hours each day and should anticipate hitting at least 12,000 steps each day. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.

There are COVID-related restrictions on entering Italy and re-entering the U.S. Please click on the registration button above to read more about these restrictions.


Sunday, October 2, 2022

Welcome Dinner – 6:00 pm – Join your fellow tour travelers and enjoy a Roman meal as you get to know one another! Meet in the lobby of the “Study Tour Hotel” and as a group, we will walk to a local restaurant for dinner. This meal is included in the cost of registration.

Monday, October 3, 2022

The Heartbeat of Rome (Colosseum, the Forum) – Meet in the lobby of the “Study Tour Hotel” at 9:00 am. We will walk to Termini Station and take the Metro to the Colosseum for the 9:30 am tour of the Colosseum, including underground tour, and the Roman Forum. Break for lunch (on your own) around 1:30 pm. Reconvene at the “Study Tour Hotel” at 3:30 pm for a quick lesson on the Pantheon before we walk (or take a taxi, your choice) to the Pantheon, which is the finest surviving example of a Roman building on earth. We end our day in the heart of Rome at 5:00 pm.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The Water of (Roman) Life – Meet in the “Study Tour Hotel” Lobby at 9:00 am. We will walk to Termini Station, take the Metro to Lucio Sestio Station, and walk 3 blocks to the Roman Aqueduct Park for a 2-mile stroll among the densest collection of Roman aqueducts on earth. Break for lunch (on your own) by noon. Reconvene at 3: 00 pm at the Baths of Caracalla (near Circo Massimo Metro Station). The day’s activities will end by 4:00 pm.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

All Roads Lead to Rome – Meet in the “Study Tour Hotel” lobby at 9:00 am. We will take the Metro to the Circo Massimo station, walk to the Appian Way Bus stop, and ride the bus along the Appian Way to the bike rental agency. We will rent bikes (electric ones are available) and ride along the Appian way, passing Roman Monuments, visiting a catacombe, and touring one of the finest villas of the Roman world. We will have lunch along the way (included in the cost of registration). We will return the bikes by 5:00 pm and return to downtown Rome by 6:00 pm.

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Frozen in Time – Meet in the “Study Tour Hotel” lobby at 7:00 am. Board private coach to Pompeii – the most extensive Roman ruins in Italy. Arrive in Pompeii by 10:30 am, where Dr. Bill Hunt will lead a 1.5 to 2 hour-long tour of the magnificent ruins. Participants are encouraged to wander Pompeii for a couple more hours. We will be spending the night in the casual “modern” town of Pompeii. All participants are welcome to enjoy optional tours (not included in the cost of registration nor organized by NC State University) such as taking the train to Sorrento, finding a Mt. Vesuvius hiking trip, or just visiting the shops of modern Pompeii. While formal programming is slated to end in the early afternoon, participants can make this day what they want.

Friday, October 7, 2022

Did Someone Say “Pizza”? – Wake up in Pompeii and take a private coach to Naples at 9:00 am. Tour the massive collection of Pompeian artifacts at Naples’ Museum of Archaeology. Naples is an exciting, albeit a bit chaotic city to explore, and the home of the very first pizza. We will have an optional Underground Naples tour in the early afternoon. We will depart Naples by 3:00 pm to return to Rome and arrive by 6:00 pm.

Registration Fee Information

Upon completing the registration process, you will receive an email stating that your registration is PENDING. Twelve (12) full registration attendees are required in order for this tour to take place. Once we meet that minimum capacity, you will receive a second email stating that the tour is moving forward and payment will be collected. If by July 15, 2022, we have not met the minimum capacity, we will send an email notifying registrants that the tour is canceled.

Full Registration – $1100

Registration fee includes entrance into all guided tours, welcome dinner on October 2nd, lunch on October 5th, 3-Day Metro pass in Rome, transportation to and from Pompei and Naples on a private bus, and hotel accommodations, including hotel breakfast, in Pompeii only

Guest Registration – $200

The tour can accommodate one guest per full registrant. If you would like to bring more than one guest, please contact to ensure we can accommodate this request. Registration fee includes attendance at welcome dinner on October 2nd, transportation to and from Pompei and Naples, hotel breakfast at hotel in Pompei, and entrance into Pompei. It is assumed that your guest will share your hotel room in Pompeii. If not, additional fees will apply. This registration does not include any activities in Rome.

Not Included in the Cost of Registration

  • Airfare
  • Hotel Accommodations in Rome. Hotel accommodations on the night of October 6th in Pompeii is included in the registration cost
  • Meals except for the Welcome Dinner on October 2nd and lunch on October 5th

Payment Instructions

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and checks for payment of registration fees. Checks should be made payable to NCSU–BAE and mailed to the address below including a copy of the invoice generated in the registration confirmation email.

Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attn: Workshop Coordinators

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation requests should be sent to for processing. The cancellation request must be submitted at least sixty-one (61) days before the date of the tour to receive a full refund. Cancellation requests made between sixty (60) days and thirty-one (31) days before the date of the tour will receive a 50% refund. Any cancellation requests made on or within thirty (30) days of the tour will be ineligible for a refund. Attendee substitutions may be made at any time at no cost. Please send an email to with the name of the current registrant and the name and email address of the new registrant.

Hotel Recommendations in Rome

NC State University staff will be staying at the Best Western Plus Hotel Universo (3-minute walk from Termini Station, Rome). Other nearby recommended hotels are listed below:

Professional Development Hours

The following professional development hours (PDHs) are awarded after successful completion of the tour and a certificate of attendance will be emailed afterward listing these PDHs.

  • 20 PDH for professional engineers and land surveyors (approved by the NC Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors) for the study tour.

Other professionals may appeal to their respective boards to obtain professional education credits.