- This was the best educational visit I have been on.
Published on: 31 July 2019
The capital of Italy, Rome, is a vibrant cosmopolitan city which has been at the centre of the Roman Catholic faith for over two millennia. It attracts millions of tourists each year and is often regarded as the world's most beautiful ancient city.
As Rome is home to Vatican City, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as other iconic religious sights, it is the perfect destination for students studying religion to gain a greater understanding of beliefs, practices, teachings and sources of wisdom and authority. On some occasions, students may have the opportunity to attend an audience with Pope Francis, who does formal appearances every week.
The city contains vast amounts of priceless works of art, historical buildings, monuments and ruins of the Roman Forum, palaces, museums, churches, basilicas, temples, piazzas and other captivating venues in general, giving students groups plenty to explore and a memorable experience which will last with them for many years to come.
Cross-curriculum tours are a great way to help your group to bond, and boost your numbers. Contact us for information about other subject in this destination.
After arriving in Rome your group shall transfer to your choice of hotel and check in. You shall then embark upon a guided walking tour where you shall see the stunning Pantheon, Trevi Fountains, Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona. This walking tour will allow you to experience the cities rich culture and breath-taking sights. Afterwards, enjoy a scrumptious welcoming meal in a local restaurant before heading back to the hotel and settling down for the night.
Today, you will have a guided tour of Vatican City, Sistine Chapel and Church of St Peter’s. Vatican City is actually the world’s smallest country and it is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It is home to the pope, who does formal appearances every Wednesday, and a must see for any first time visitors. In the evening, you will have your meal in another local restaurant before returning to the hotel.
To start the day, you shall visit the iconic Colosseum which is often known as the emblem of the Roman Empire and remains an extremely popular tourist attraction. Next, visit the beautiful Roman Forum and Palatine Hill which was home to the most rich and important Romans, including Emperor Augustus, the founder of the Roman Empire. After a spot of lunch, you shall visit the uplifting Basilica of St John Lateran, followed by the Santa Scala, the holy stairs which are reputed to be those walked up by Christ. In the evening, you will have your meal in another local restaurant before returning to the hotel.
After checking out of the hotel, you shall visit the Catacombs to explore the ancient Christian burial passageways which house 3rd century frescoes and the crypts of martyrs and popes. If there is free time before your return flight to the UK, you may wish to squeeze in a visit to another basilica or some local sightseeing / shopping for souvenirs before transferring to the airport.
By the end of the trip, your students will have a greater understanding of why the city has remained an important centre for Christianity, and will have learnt more of the beliefs, practices and teachings of a complex religion.
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