Cross-Curricular School Trip To Rome & The Bay of Naples
A perfect combination trip to discover two culturally rich and varied Italian destinations to cover multiple subjects and student interests.
The Colosseum, largest amphitheatre in the world
Renaissance splendor at the Vatican
The curious, preserved Roman city of Pompeii
Climb Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano
*Please note, entrance fees where applicable are not included in typical price – contact us for more details
When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, the city of Herculaneum was engulfed in an avalanche of mud that preserved the buildings and streets. The excavated city today can be explored on foot, giving students a fine example of Roman lifestyles and architecture.
Tip: Herculaneum is a lot less busy than the more famous Pompeii.
A hike up to the crater of this famous active volcano provides splendid views and a fresh perspective on the landscape. The whole Vesuvian area was turned into a national park in 1995. Your group can discuss the disastrous eruption of 79AD, which destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae.
Probably the most famous archaeological site in Italy, Pompeii is located just 25km away from Naples. Life in this rich and prosperous city was dramatically and brusquely interrupted in 79AD when Vesuvius erupted and totally buried it. A visit to the excavations gives students a pretty good idea of what life must have been like here two thousand years ago.
The nine-mile caldera of Solfatara volcano sits five miles to the west of Naples. Solfatara is a dormant volcano but it still emits jets of steam and sulphurous gas through various fumaroles around its crater floor. Dramatic uplift and subsidence within the caldera has occurred since Roman times. The site often closes, so please check before booking.
A ferry trip from Sorrento to the Island of Capri gives students a great opportunity to observe the geography of the coastline from a different perspective. The island is famed for its lemon groves, natural beauty and expensive boutiques. Highlights include the Villa San Michelle and the cable car ride to the summit of the island.
The Amalfi coastline is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, with rugged cliff tops adorned with lemon groves, vineyards and winding roads that cut through picturesque villages and small towns such as Ravello, Amalfi and Furore. This is a magnificent setting with views of the sea and fine examples of architecture, geography and historical monuments.
Descend 40m below the streets of Naples into a subterranean world of quarries and tunnels dating back 2,400 years. The caverns and passageways not only provided building stone for the city but have also been used as an aqueduct and cisterns, Roman access passageways and most recently provided shelter during WWII. The visit also includes the ruins of a Greco-Roman theatre where the Emperor Nero once performed.
Sorrento has grown from a small fishing village to one of the largest tourist destinations along the Amalfi Coast. Winding stone stairways lead to piazzas that are filled with the sound of traditional Italian. Enjoy stunning sea views, pick up souvenirs and watch the world go by.
Now famous throughout the world pizza is said to have originated in Naples. Students get hands-on learning how to make pizza dough at a local cookery school. After watching the pizzaiolo make and cook pizzas in a wood-fired oven with their chosen toppings the group will enjoy a pizza dinner at the school. The dinner can be combined with a Tarantella Show of traditional regional dancing.
During the lesson the Gelataio will explain what techniques and ingredients are used to make good ice cream, including local products typical to the region. Students can assist with the preparation of the raw materials, the freezing process and ultimately tasting the freshly produced ice cream. At the end of the demonstration, each guest will get to taste the ice cream an everyone gets a certificate.
The Colosseum is the most spectacular surviving edifice of ancient Rome and the largest amphitheater in the world. See the arena where senators, Vestal Virgins and the masses watched gory gladiatorial conquests, battle reenactments, executions and mythological dramas. A visit here helps students to understand the importance of the spectacle in Roman society.
Visit the centre of classical Rome with your students, and stand on the spot where the great orators made their names. Now a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments in the city centre, the Forum was the site of processions, elections, public speeches and criminal trials. Tip: A visit here is a good starting point for discussions on the life and times of Cicero.
Overlooking the Forum, this was once the smartest address in the Roman Empire. Students can investigate the remains of extravagant palaces built here for emperors including Tiberius and Domitian. The hill is said to be where Romulus killed Remus in 735BC, and in 2007, a sacred sanctuary dedicated to the brothers was unearthed here beneath the house of Augustus.
The centre of the Roman Catholic Church is home to the awe-inspiring Renaissance masterpiece Basilica di San Pietro and the Vatican Museums, with rich collections from classical sculpture to Egyptian pieces, Renaissance paintings and the legendary Sistine Chapel. Students learn how the Vatican gained its position and explore its contemporary meaning.
Students on their own ‘Grand Tour’ can join the likes of writers Byron and Honoré de Balzac in being inspired by the view from the longest and widest staircase in Europe. The hillside was transformed in 1723 – 1725 in honour of a diplomatic visit by the king of Spain, with the staircase linking the Piazza di Spagna to the Trinita dei Monti church.
This fountain at the junction of three roads – tre vie – marks the end point of one of the aqueducts that supplied water to ancient Rome. Completed in 1762, it’s a baroque extravaganza of carved seashells, sea beasts and mermaids incorporated in a stately triumphal arch. It famously featured in the films Three Coins in the Fountain and La Dolce Vita.
Originally built as a stadium in the first century for athletic contests and chariot races, Piazza Navona was laid out in its ruins in the 15th century, and is now a lively place where locals and tourists hang out. Students can watch the street performers, enjoy an ice cream and admire the baroque palaces that line the square.
Tip: A good place to spend time in the evening
Explore the underground burial chambers tucked beneath the Eternal City, on a guided tour of Rome’s Catacombs. An eerie experience for even the bravest of hearts, your students will gain a fascinating insight into the city’s history by exploring what lies beneath its streets. Photo © Dennis Jarvis.
Tip: The Christian catacombs house important examples of early Christian art, from before 400AD
The Galleria Borghese is set within the Villa Borghese Pinciana, renowned for its gardens. A substantial part of the Borghese collection of paintings, sculptures and antiquities come from the 1st-3rd centuries AD including classical and neo-classical sculptures such as the Venus Victrix and a beautiful ceiling fresco by the Sicilian artist Mariano Rossi.
With three panoramic cinema screens and special effects, from wind to moveable seats and platforms, the time elevator immerses students on an educational journey. It starts with the legend of Romulus and Remus, through the rise and fall of the Roman Empire to the events of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Fascist period up to the present day.
This interactive exhibition is as entertaining as it is informative. A 3D film gives depth to a depiction of the city in 310AD, and a virtual Julius Caesar greets the students on the lower floor. They follow a journey starting from the reconstruction of Emperor Commodus’ tunnel that leads them back in time, taking them all the way to the Colosseum arena.
This sporty workshop lets students walk in the shoes of gladiators. Instructors teach them ancient combat techniques and explain the gladiators’ life and times. Students wear a traditional tunic, Roman sandals, belt and protective gloves, and use a wooden training sword. On completion they receive a medal declaring them a ‘Tiro’, or first level gladiator.
Why groups like it:
Why groups like it:
Why groups like it:
- Experience learning outside the classroom in another country – the language, culture, history, art, architecture and religion
- Practise speaking a foreign language
- Gain a deeper understanding of classical history and Christianity
- Understand more about volcanic hazards, plate tectonics
- Build confidence and learn to value the skills and techniques needed for personal and team success
- Broaden the mind through the study of another culture
- Discover, explore and have fun with fellow students and teachers
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- Visit a foreign country and experience another language and culture
- Identify Rome’s place at the centre of a classical empire and the Catholic Church
- Gain independence and self-confidence
- Strengthen existing friendships and make new friends
- Understand personal organisation, co-operating and working with others in a variety of environments
- Gain knowledge and experience connected to many subjects through learning outside the classroom