No city has been more influential in the development of Western Europe than Rome. The political and economic heart of Europe for over a millennium, Rome remained the religious and cultural epicentre of western civilisation even after the collapse of its once vast empire, and is today very much the product of this uniquely significant past. Ancient historians and classicists will love to follow in the steps of Senators and Emperors as they explore the intricate ruins of the forum and Palatine Hill, and will revel in the echoes of great stage battles and spectacles of the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Elsewhere, Religious Studies groups can behold the majestic splendour of St Peter’s, arguably the most important church in Christendom, and witness first-hand the changing facets of western religion in the ancient Pantheon. Modern historians and political students, meanwhile, have an incomparable array of themes to follow, from the unification of Italy at the Vittorio Emanuele II monument (known affectionately as the typewriter) to the rise and fall of fascism in the capital of Mussolini’s New Roman Empire. Each via and piazza is brimming with history and artistic charm, and, whatever your subject, Rome’s many museums, monuments and archaeological sites are sure to inspire your students with a love for this ancient, yet timeless city.


Roman Forum

The Roman Forum was at the heart of Ancient Rome, and served a number of economic, political, social and religious roles. Among the vast ruins you will find the remnants of several of Rome’s most ancient and important monuments and institutions, which for many centuries lay largely hidden underneath vegetation and later buildings, including the Arch of Septimus Severus and the Temple of Vesta. Perhaps the best preserved building is the home of the Senate, the Curia Julia, which from the reign of Augustus to the fall of the empire served as the seat of Rome’s most important council, and a reminder of Rome’s great res publica.

Palatine Hill

Adjacent to the Forum site looms the Palatine Hill, long home to Rome’s emperors and nobility. Sacked by the barbarian tribes who overran Rome, the palace complex which was added to and improved by a succession of emperors is now a shadow of its former self, but its sprawling mixture of great halls, reception rooms and fine architecture are brimming with hints as to its former splendour. Also on the hill, from which the visitor enjoys an unparalleled view of the Circus Maximus, is the recently excavated Casa Augusta, believed to be the birthplace of Augustus, the fine mosaics of which remind the visitor of the many aristocratic houses of Rome’s great Patrician families which dominated the hill before the great fire.


The Flavian Amphitheatre is perhaps Rome’s most iconic structure, and gives visitors a wonderful insight into the blood-thirsty recreation of the ancient Romans. Not only a fascinating visit for historians and religious studies students alike, the Colosseum serves as a symbol of the Roman ruling class’ ability to control the populace with ‘bread and games’, and as such serves as an interesting case study for students of politics, psychology and sports science.

Vatican City

Home of the Catholic Church and seat of the Pope is this breath-taking micro-nation, the sole surviving remnant of the once influential Papal States. Although only a small enclave within Rome, the Vatican is home to some of the world’s most valuable artistic treasures, and is truly one of the most beautiful architectural complexes anywhere in the world. From the awe-inspiring Piazza San Pietro, designed by Bernini, to the delicate beauty of Michaelangelo’s frescos of the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican is a ‘must-see’ visit which is sure to impress!

Rome on Foot

Of course, as with any city as ancient as Rome, some of the most beautiful and enchanting parts are only accessible on foot. Why not take your pupils on a stroll (guided or unguided) around some of Rome’s more tucked-away wonders, including the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. The nearby Piazza Navona and Spanish Steps are also not to be missed, and are particularly charming in the evening, with the smells of Italian cuisine and the melodious sound of Italian street performers drifting across the evening air in the soft glow of the city’s gently illuminated monuments. Do not forget to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain before you leave, as legend has it that you are sure to return to the Eternal City if you do so!

Of course, the above excursions are only a sample, and with a city as varied as Rome there is a lot to see! We will tailor make your tour to engage with your exact learning requirements, and our information packs contain details of our extensive excursion package. Why not contact us now to request more information?


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