Rome

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    Any Rome school trip should include a trip to the Colosseum.
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    One of our groups taking in the Circus Maximus on a trip to the Italian capital.
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    Vatican City, another Rome school trip pre-requisite.
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    Students visiting the Trevi Fountain on a Rome school trip.
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    Any classics or history school trip to Rome should include a tour of the Roman Forum.

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your help in organising our school’s trip to Rome. We arrived home safe and sound last night after a fantastic four days. The students loved every minute and the variety of activities they did was great. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, especially at the hotel and the restaurant. Everything ran extremely smoothly and I want to thank you for making my first trip so successful. I will spread the word amongst my colleagues about the ease and efficiency of booking through your company!HB, Sir John Colfox School

Where else but the Italian capital could you find such an abundance of awe-inspiring architecture, fascinating ancient history and cosmopolitan culture? Rome is a truly breathtaking and magical city, for centuries the centre of Western civilisation, the capital of the Roman Empire and Catholicism and today a popular destination for students of art, architecture, history, the classics and religious studies, not to mention Italian.

Founded by Romulus in 753 BC, today, the historic centre of Rome is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains impressive examples of architectural splendour from all eras of the city’s extensive history. Whether it’s the Pantheon or Forum, the Colosseum, Castel Sant’Angelo or Circus Maximus, each striking symbols of ancient Rome, or the sovereign state of Vatican City, home of course to the Pope, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, Rome is a veritable treasure trove of sights and delights boasting immeasurable educational value for students of all ages.

Typical Accommodation

Hotel Capitol – A 2* property situated in the Termini district, close to the train station. All rooms come with private bath or shower/wc, telephone, satellite TV and air conditioning. Breakfast and free Wi-Fi is also available.

Hotel Dina – Located just 100 metres from the Santa Maria Maggiore Church and Termini train station, this 3* hotel has rooms equipped with TV, radio, telephone, safe and private bathroom. There is also a breakfast room.

Rome School Trip – Subject Suitability

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All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here is a suggested itinerary for a Rome school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Air

Day 1 – Fly from your departure airport direct to Rome. On arrival, transfer by private coach to your hotel.

Day 2 – A full day in Rome where you’ll see the palaces and monuments of the Piazza Venezia including Il Vittoriano, in addition to some of the most important sites of ancient Rome such as Capitoline Hill, the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum.

This evening, you’ll see two more of Rome’s most popular landmarks: the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps on the Piazza di Spagna.

Day 3 – This morning is devoted to the treasures of Vatican City including a visit to St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum where you’ll see the famous Sistine Chapel. Your tour of the Italian capital continues later today with a visit to the Pantheon and the lovely Piazza Navona.

If your group has a specific subject focus, you could consider substituting some of the aforementioned sites with those more suited to your particular interest.

Religious Studies students for example may wish to visit the Archbasilica of St John Lateran whilst those interested in art might prefer a visit to the Borghese Gallery or Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. Equally, those studying the Classics could opt to take in more of ancient Rome’s sites including Palatine Hill, the Circus Maximus, or the collection of the Palazzo Massimo.

Day 4 – Depending on your flight time, there may be an opportunity for some last-minute shopping and sightseeing before joining your private coach transfer back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

This is also available as a two-centre holiday, combining with Florence to the north, or venture south to the Bay of Naples. Please contact us for further details.

Travel Options

  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Rome.

Popular Visits & Excursions

ColosseumProbably Rome’s greatest and most symbolic monument, this mighty amphitheatre was constructed between 72 – 80 AD and was the scene of legendary gladiatorial combat.
Roman Forum – Formerly the centre of commercial and judicial life in ancient Rome, the Roman Forum offers a wealth of archaeological ruins including the House of the Vestal Virgins and the Arches of Constantine, Titus and Septimus Severus.
Capitoline Hill – The smallest but the most important of Rome’s seven hills, the Capitoline was the religious and political heart of ancient Rome.
Pantheon – Built in 118 AD by Emperor Hadrian, this former temple of the pagan gods is one of the most influential structures of the western world.
Castel Sant’Angelo – Situated between Vatican City and the River Tiber, Castel Sant’Angelo was originally built in 135 AD as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian, but later served as a papal fortress and sanctuary during wartime.
Palatine Hill – The centremost of Rome’s seven hills, this is the hill upon which Romulus built the city and the Roman Empire ultimately began.
Circus Maximus – The largest stadium in ancient Rome seating 250,000 people, chariot races were held here for almost a millennium.
Trevi Fountain – The largest, most lavish and famous of its type in Rome, the beautifully Baroque Trevi Fountain was designed in 1732 and dominates the small piazza in which it resides.
Spanish Steps – The Piazza di Spagna, named after the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See, is dominated by its famous Spanish Steps. Climb to the top and you’ll find the beautiful Trinità dei Monti church and the Fontana della Barcaccia, as well as stunning city views.
Piazza Navona – One of Rome’s most famous addresses, Piazza Navona is a beautiful Baroque square home to intricate sculptures and fountains by Bernini, the most famous being the Fountain of the Four Rivers.
Piazza Venezia – Situated at the end of the Via del Corso, this square lies in the heart of Rome, is lined with palaces and dominated by Il Vittoriano, the massive monument to Victor Emmanuel II, the first King of Italy.
Vatican City – “A city state within a city” since 1929 and official enclave of the Holy See, Vatican City is dominated by the mighty St Peter’s Basilica, site of the tomb of St Peter. The Vatican Museum is also a must-see site, home to one of the world’s most prestigious art collections as well as the Sistine Chapel, with its world-renowned, 15th and 16th-century frescoes by Botticelli and Michelangelo.
Archbasilica of St John Lateran – The oldest and first ranking of five Papal palaces worldwide, this is the cathedral church of Rome and the official episcopal seat of the Bishop of Rome.
Catacombs of St Callixtus – Situated underneath the Appian Way, these catacombs date back to the mid-2nd century and were largely used as a burial site for Christians and, in the ‘Little Vatican’ papal crypt, 16 popes and 50 martyrs.

 

Borghese Gallery – Situated in the Villa Borghese Gardens, this museum contains one of the most prestigious art collections in the world with works by Tiziano, Raphael, Caravaggio, Rubens and Botticelli on display, in addition to sculptures by Bernini and Canovas.
Capitoline Museums – The oldest public art collection in the world, the Capitoline Museums house Italy’s most important collection of Roman sculpture in addition to Renaissance and baroque art by the likes of Titian, Tintoretto and Caravaggio.
Palazzo Doria Pamphilj – Situated on the Via del Corso close to Piazza Venezia, the palace and its gallery play host to an outstanding collection of artworks by Italian, Spanish and Flemish masters including Titian, Caravaggio, Raphael, Lippi, Velázquez, de Ribera, Memling and Bruegel.
MACRO – Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Arts, housed across two settings (one a former Peroni Factory) and showcasing both Italian and international modern works of art.
MAXXI – Rome’s National Museum of 21st-century Arts, devoted to the latest contemporary art and architecture.
Palazzo Massimo – Home to one of world’s most important collections of Roman antiquities including statues, mosaics, frescoes, ancient jewellery and an important collection of coins.
Mouth of Truth – A large marble disc originating from ancient Rome, medieval legend told that the mouth of the marble face would close if anyone put his hand in it and told a lie.
Time Elevator – Great for younger groups, this is a thoroughly modern way of time travelling through Rome’s vast history, starting with the legend of Romulus and Remus, the founding of the city, the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and spanning the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Papal power and Fascism, right back to the present day.

Elsewhere

Tivoli – A hilltop town, site of two stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Villa d’Este is famous for its Renaissance gardens and monumental fountains, whilst the Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) contains some incredible ruins of the Emperor’s former country villa.
Ostia Antica – Southwest of Rome, the ruins of Ostia Antica are regarded as a mini-Pompeii. Once a thriving port and commercial centre at the peak of the Roman Empire, its ruins today remain incredibly well preserved.
Castello Gandolfo – Set amidst the Castelli Romani, 20km southeast of Rome, this is the setting for the Pope’s private summer residence, the Palazzo Pontifico. Visits here include the Palazzo’s Barberini Gardens and the Museo del Palazzo Apostolico, displaying portraits of around 50 popes as well as papal costumes and robes worn by Vatican officials.

Photos 3, 4 & 5 courtesy of Fototeca ENIT / Vito Arcomano