Rome Trips - Italy School Tours

The eternal city has something for everyone - religion, classics, history, food, Italian culture, art and music. Take your students to Rome and combine your school trip with a visit to the Bay of Naples for the ultimate cultural adventure in Italy.

A tapestry of experiences

Rome is a vibrant, exhilarating city where the Modern, the Classical, the Renaissance and the Baroque come together in an intoxicating blend. With over 400 churches and four major Basilicas, Rome is also the capital of the Catholic Church.

Voyager school trips to Rome can combine visits to classical sites such as the Colosseum and Panthéon with RE tours of the Vatican City and art destinations such as Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel. With its rich cultural heritage, excellent food and a strong national identity, this school tour is a fabulous experience for students of all ages.

See below for more information on excursions in and around Rome or contact us here for a quote on a tailor-made trip.


  • The Colosseum is probably the most famous landmark of Rome

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  • Students lapping up the magic of Italy on a Rome school tour

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  • Ancient statue in Rome/ School girl samples the local cuisine

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  • A view of the Roman Forum

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  • A school girl marvels at the architecture of the Colosseum

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Sample excursions

History Excursions

Forum of Caesar

The Forum's of Caesar & Augustus

NEW FOR 2016! This fabulous new evening activity takes you back to the height of the Roman Empire using a series of light projections and videos. Hosted within the original (but now ruinous) Roman Forum, images are projected to re-create the Forum as it would have appeared 2000 years ago. The visit explores the role of the Forum in Roman life as well as the lives of Caesar and Augustus themselves.

www.viaggioneifori.it/en/


The Colosseum

The Colosseum

Needing very little introduction, the Colosseum is arguably Rome’s most famous landmark and the largest amphitheatre in the world. Built by Emperor Titus in AD80, it could hold between 50,000 to 80,000 spectators who crowded into the concrete and stone built structure to watch blood-thirsty gladiatorial contests and hunts. After four centuries it fell out of use because of a lack of funds and gladiatorial combat had become less fashionable.

 


Roman Forum

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum was initially a market place but developed into the economic, political and religious heart of Rome. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Forum was forgotten, buried and used as a cattle grazing pasture. As a result, many of the columns, stone temples and arches have not survived, but  the best preserved monuments include the Arch of Septimius, the Temple of Saturn and the House of the Vestal Virgins.

The Arch of Septimus Severus depicts his victories in Iraq and Iran during the 3rd century. The Temple of Saturn was erected to house the public treasury and valuable treasures, and as a repository for the decrees of the senate. Eight of the columns still remain. The House of the Vestal Virgins was built from marble in the 3rd century B.C. and held the sacred flame of Vesta. It was the duty of the Vestal Virgins to ensure that this flame never went out and the Holy Virgins lived there at all times in order to carry out their duty to the flame.

Free entrance with a letter on school headed paper. 

www.capitolium.org


The Baths at Caracalla

The Baths at Caracalla

The red-brick ruins are situated south east of ancient Rome's centre. This huge 27 acre complex housed bathing facilities, with seats for more than 1,600 people, and were the most important part of the sanitary regime for the Roman people, as well as social meeting place. The ritual of bathing was a long process which began with the hot bath in the 'calidarium,' went onto the warm 'tepidarium' and was followed by a stint in the cold 'frigidarium'. People often then chose to go for a swim in the 'natatio' open air swimming pool. A sophisticated water distribution system was in use which ensured a constant flow of healthy water from the Aqua Marcia Aqueduct. People didn't just go the baths to wash and swim as there were also gymnasiums, libraries, gardens, art galleries and restaurants. Free entrance.


La Bocca di la Verite

La Bocca di la Verite

Carved with the face of a river-god, The Mouth of Truth was originally a stone lid that covered an ancient Rome drain-pipe. Legend has it that it would bite off the hand of anyone who is dishonest. So sailors, when they returned to Rome after time at sea, would bring their wives to the stone to make sure that she had been faithful to him during his absence.


Panthéon

Panthéon

The Panthéon is a beautifully preserved classical monument, rebuilt in AD 125, with a huge dome (the largest of its kind until the 15th century, when the Dome of Florence Cathedral was built). When it was first built it was intended to be a temple for pagan gods, but in 609 BC it was converted into a Christian church. The interior diameter matches the interior height of 43.3 metres and the original marble floor still remains. The exterior columns weigh an incredible 60 tons each and are 1.5. metres in diameter. The stone that was used to build them was transported all the way from Egypt. Inside the Panthéon is the tomb of one of the Renaissance masters, Raphael along with several Italian kings.


Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill

Evidence suggests that there was a settlement here as early as the 10th century BC, but more importantly it is where Romulus is thought to have begun building the ancient city. It eventually became the fashionable district to live in, partly due to its spectacular views, but also because people believed that because of its elevated position it was easier to escape the disease and pestilence that festered in the lower regions of the city. Augustus, Cicero and Marc Antony all lived on the Hill. During the Renaissance it was topped with Michelangelo’s Piazza Campidoglio.


Art Excursions

Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums

The Vatican museums began as a group of sculptures collected by Pope Julius II, who was pope from 1503 to 1513. The popes were among the first to open their private art collections to the public thus promoting knowledge of art and art history to everyone and demonstrating that they were not only head of the Catholic Church but also great patrons of the arts. Not to be missed are the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms. Michelangelo’s depiction of the Creation of Adam on the ceiling of the Capella Sistina is considered by some to be the finest achievement of the Renaissance.

www.museivaticani.va/


Palazzo Barberini

National Gallery of Ancient Art

This famous art gallery is located on two sites in Rome. The first is at the Palazzo Barberini and the second at the Palazzo Corsini. The gallery contains Roman statues and Etruscan artefacts but the highlight is the Nile Mosaic. There are also some important works by Canaletto, Caravaggio and Raphael.

galleriabarberini.beniculturali.it/


Borghese Gallery

Borghese Gallery

The Borghese Mansion was commissioned by Cardinal Scipione and built between 1613 and 1614. It houses important works by Bernini, Rubens, Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael. Canova produced the centre piece for the museum, the Victorious Venus, otherwise known as Paolina Bonaparte. The collection is arranged over two floors with the ground floor housing the sculptures and the first floor housing the paintings.

www.galleriaborghese.it


Galleria DArte Moderna

National Gallery of Modern Art

Established in 1881, the Galleria D'Arte Moderna is now Italy's largest modern art museum and has over 5,000 paintings and sculptures on show. It Includes works by Balla, Morandi, Kandinsky and Cezanne, and on a summer's day it is nice to wonder out into the courtyard where several other works are displayed, including a sculpture by Canova. 

www.gnam.beniculturali.it/index.php?en/1/home


RE Excursions

Vatican City

Vatican City

The Vatican City was built over the tomb of St. Peter and was made a separate state (within the city of Rome) in 1929 following the Lateran Treaty. It has the honour of being the smallest state in the world with a population of about 1000 residents. It has its own radio station which broadcasts in 29 languages, a television station, a daily newspaper and even its own post-office and set of stamps. Inside the city, there are eleven museums, including the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms and the Vatican gardens. Go to the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's great altar fresco, 'The Last Judgement'. It is not possible to book non-guided tours of the Vatican.


Appian Way

Appian Way

The Via Appia is a 560 km road leading from Rome to Brindisi. Typical of most Roman roads the Appian road runs through the Appian hills and the Pontine Marshes, barely making a single turn. It was forbidden to bury the dead within the city of Rome, so many were buried along the roads leading out of Rome, including along the Appian Way. One of the more impressive of these tombs is that of Cecilia Metella, and it is very well preserved. However, what is perhaps of more interest are the numerous tunnels (catacombs) that run beneath the Appian Way, where the early Christians buried their dead and, on occasion, held secret church services. Several of the catacombs are open to the public, and on a guided tour led by priests and monks, visitors can view ancient burial niches and a few examples of some early Christian art.

 


Cross Curriculum Excursions

Time Elevator

Time Elevator Show

This show is a multi-sensorial attraction that shows 3,000 years of Roman history, from Romulus and Remus up to the present day. In forty-five minutes you and your students will be given a four-dimensional view of Rome through the ages: among other sights, you will fly over Rome and watch it burn and you will see and hear Brutus plotting to kill Caesar. The show combines education and entertainment in such a unique way that it has become an essential part of any school trip to Rome.

www.time-elevator.it


Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi fountain is at the end of the Aqua Virgo, an aqueduct that transports water from Salone Springs (20km away) and supplies Rome's fountains with water. It was built in 19 BC and is considered to be a Baroque masterpiece, where legend has it that anyone who throws a coin into the water is guaranteed to return to Rome.


Piazza di Spagna

Piazza di Spagna

137 steps over twelve flights of stairs, these famous Spanish steps connect the Spanish square to a French church on top of the hill.

Sample tour

Rome school tour - 4 days

Day 1

  • Arrive

Day 2

  • Roman Forum
  • La Bocca di la Verite
  • Colosseum
  • Trevi Fountain

Day 3

  • Vatican
  • Vatican Museum including Sistine Chapel
  • Time Elevator show

Day 4

  • Shopping
  • Depart

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