Following Paul from Shipwreck on Malta to Martyrdom in Rome — May 2021

Mary and I are pleased to offer a very exciting trip (12-day tour) Following Paul from Shipwreck on Malta to Rome (Acts 27–28)!  May 11–22, 2021

Valletta — The Capital of Malta and the Grand Harbor from which Paul set out to Rome after spending the winter on Malta

On Malta we will explore potentials bays that may be the site of the shipwreck as well as places and artifacts (ancient anchors) that figure into the narrative in the book of Acts.  Then we will follow Paul from Malta (Acts 28:1) to Rome—via Syracuse (Sicily), Rhegium, and Puteoli (Acts 28:12-14).

Vesuvius — The Volcano that Destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum

On the way to Rome, we will visit the majestic Greek Temples at Paestum (Italy).  We will spend two days in the area of Naples, studying and learning from the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum (both destroyed in the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in A.D. 79).  We will visit the “world-class” National Archaeology Museum in Naples that holds the artifacts from these two sites as well as nearby Puteoli where Paul’s ship landed (Acts 28:14–15).

The Forum — The Heart of Ancient Rome

We will spend four full days in Rome studying monuments and sites that add to our understanding of the New Testament: the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Arch of Titus, Roman Forum, Mamertine Prison, a Catacomb, the Via Appia, the Church of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Cathedral, and the well–preserved port of Rome, Ostia.  Also, in/near Rome we are planning to visit Nero’s Golden Palace (special access requested), St. Paul’s Gate, the Tre Fontaine Church (where Paul was executed), and the church of San Clemente are included.

We hope you will join us!  Contact us soon if you are interested (

Carl and Mary Rasmussen