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Classics Students Tour Ancient Italy

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Over half term, nineteen classics pupils enjoyed six fun-filled days in Naples and Rome, where they explored the culture and history of Ancient Rome.

The pupils filled their days visiting as many popular sites as they could. Based in Sorrento for three days, they visited Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Villa of Poppaea, as well as walking up Mount Vesuvius to see the crater. There was also time to take in the sunny views of the Amalfi Coast.

The first part of their Italian trip was focused onRoman architecture. The pupils were fascinated by opus reticulatum – a form of brickwork commonly employed by Romans. The construction demonstrated how well they understood the effects of earthquakes and adverse weather on buildings and other structures.The pupils also took a keen interest in learning about the Roman water systems and how, specifically, water was brought into Pompeii.

For the second part of their trip, the group visited Rome and its many wonders. They explored the underground Necropolis and Via Triumphalis (which involved entering the Vatican and being escorted by a member of the Swiss Guard). A number of museum visits were also packed in, enabling the pupils to soak up as much knowledge as they could about the Ancient Romans. They even had timefor the odd detour for pizza and gelato (well, when in Rome …!)

The week was rounded off with a visit to the ancient port of Rome at Ostia, and before heading back to the airport, there was even the opportunity for a final dip in the sea – a fitting way to end a fun and informative excursion.

Head of Classics, Lisa Cashmore said: “The trip was a huge success and all the pupils have returned with a deep interest and enthusiasm for the Ancient World, plus some fantastic memories of the Italian sunshine! Studying Classics is fascinating, but the subject is really ‘brought to life’ when you are immersed in the rich historical backdrop of Italy. Trips such as these are invaluable to our pupils’ learning and understanding. ”

Published on: Thursday, January 1, 1970

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