Year 10 and 11 visit Rome over half term

Over the October half term, a group of Year 10 and 11 students spent a week in Italy, visiting a number of ancient Roman and Renaissance sites. They started the week in Rome, where they spent three days exploring the city, visiting the Colosseum, Forum and Trevi Fountain, amongst others.

The students particularly enjoyed stumbling upon the Theatre of Pompey in the city centre, quite unexpectedly; the location where once Julius Caesar was famously assassinated. They also travelled out to Tivoli to spend one morning wandering around the spectacular gardens of the Villa d’Este, a beautiful Renaissance villa, which for many was the highlight of the trip. Following this, they travelled to Naples, via the amazing site of Ostia near the coast. This is the old harbour of Ancient Rome – Ostia means ‘mouth’ – and the massive site includes not just houses and temples, but granaries, bath complexes, theatres and even a necropolis (‘city of the dead’).

In Naples, they stayed in a hotel in Sorrento, travelling out for day-trips to Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis, where they were able to marvel at the incredible preservation of these 2,000-year-old sites. Overall, it was a great trip: excellent food, lots of sunshine, and some really amazing sites.