Of course, RE, History and Classics departments each have their own view of what a visit to Rome should include, and the key issue in planning an inter-departmental visit must be how each group of students will visit sites relevant to them while all benefit from the cost-savings of a joint study trip.
And this is where StudyTrips excels – creating a school visit which gives each group an educational experience totally related to the students’ needs, while adding in suitable relaxation points where the students can exchange thoughts on what they have seen that day.
Some locations can obviously be of interest to everyone, such as the Vatican with its museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Basilica… But as your students will think they know what to expect, you might wish to surprise them with the Gallery of Maps, the Pinecone Courtyard, and the overwhelming Raphael Rooms…
And if your students take just a short walk along the river from the Vatican they will find the Mouth of Truth, with its frightening legend, or they may walk east a short way to the Temple of Vesta.
After that there are the catacombs of St. Callixtus on the Appian Way, housing the remains of both martyrs and popes – a visit that can be on everyone’s list.
But at other times colleagues teaching history or the classics may wish to take a separate journey to the Forum to allow the students to evaluate Augustus’ claim that he “found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble”.
Then again all groups in the party might wish to come together at Ara Pacis – where the altar reflects the Augustan vision of Roman civil religion, commissioned to honour the return of the Emperor to Rome and to help set aside concerns over dynastic succession.
Moving on, the Capitole Museums in Piazza del Campidoglio, which originated with Pope Sixtus IV’s collection of bronzes, can be of interest to all students, many of whom will be intrigued to see the statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius which was saved from destruction in the mistaken belief that it represents the Emperor Constantine.
The list of places that can be visited is endless, and of course there is also every opportunity to take students out of Rome to visit, for example, Sorrento, Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Meanwhile evenings can be spent in a local Trattoria or Osteria, or indeed with further explorations – it is entirely a matter for you.
Our job is simple, to devise a visit to Rome which meets the requirements of you and your colleagues and which gives the students of each department an experience which they will not only remember for years to come, but whihc will aid their studies and their work in subsequent examinations.
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