Fordham Antiquites Museum + Fordham + Belmont  
Discover the antiquities of the Fordham University Museum of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art with tour leader Justin Ferate. Located in the William D. Walsh Family Library, the antiquities museum occupies 4,000 square feet of space on the main floor of the Library. It features more than 260 antiquities dating from the 10th century BCE through the 3rd century CE. The collection spans several periods, Mycenaean, Villanovan, Classical Greece, Geometrical, Archaic Roman, Imperial Roman, Republican, Etruscan, and South Italian. There are red-figure and red-and-black-figure ceramics, and the shiny black Etruscan pottery known as Bucchero, as well as an array of sculpture and terra cotta heads.

Delight in a stroll through the jewel-like splendor of the Fordham University campus. Today, Fordham, with its shaded green lawns and it handsome Gothic structures, is one of the largest Roman Catholic institutions in America. In the 1840s, Fordham University was called “St. John’s College” and the clarion bells from its main tower inspired Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “The Bells.” We’ll visit the 19th century quadrangle of the original St. John’s College campus and visit the magnificent St. John’s Chapel. Contributing to the richness of the interior and relieving the simplicity of the exterior are stained glass windows donated by King Louis Philippe of France. The present altar, Installed in 1943, came from St. Patrick's Cathedral on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, where it had served for over sixty years.

Then, almost by surprise, we’ll be in Italy…. well, almost. Belmont is often considered to be New York’s most authentic working class Italian neighborhood. It’s like the back streets of Naples, the eastern neighborhoods of Rome, or the tenements behind Milan Cathedral. Belmont is a unique neighborhood that was the first home to tens of thousands of Italian immigrants and has maintained its unique flavor for almost one hundred years. Indeed, the aroma of fresh bread wafts in the air as clean laundry hangs out to dry. Markets are abundant with fresh vegetables, fruits, and bunches of fresh oregano – along with mounds of olives and piñoli nuts. Be dazzled by the array of Italian cheeses, including freshly made mozzarella. Stroll through the salumerias, bakeries, and pasta shops.

Lunch at one of the dining venues or visit Belmont’s popular pastry shops and espresso bars. Perhaps you’ll hear the church bells of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Somewhere in the distance, amidst the murmur of Italian conversation in the restaurant, you may even hear the warm, romantic sounds of Dion and the Belmonts, crooning on a nearby street corner. Ciao bella!

IMPERATIVE: Photo ID will be required to enter the Fordham Campus. Don’t forget!
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Date: Saturday April 30, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM  to approximately 2:30 PM
Cost: $ 30 in advance | $ 35 on-site (By check to Johanna Sterbin)
Meet: Outside the Fordham Road Metro-North Train Station at Fordham Road and Third Avenue (aka Firefighters Boulevard). Since we must accommodate Fordham Security protocols, we will enter the Fordham campus as a group.
Train: Please print out Wolfe Walkers Brochure for more extensive instructions.
D Train to Fordham Road. Walk EAST (downhill) along Fordham Road to the meeting place.
Metro-North: Metro North Train from Grand Central to the Fordham Station.
Tours operate rain or shine. Please dress appropriately. For more information or to confirm meeting locations please call (212) 223-2777. Please note that tours sometimes run late. While tours are rarely cancelled you can call the number above to confirm, or join our mailing list to keep informed of cancellations due to extreme weather conditions.
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