Geography School Trip to Rome
4 days from £535pp
group size of 44 students and 4 teachers travelling on free places
Rome is often called the Eternal City. It is the beating heart of Italy, where one of the world’s greatest and most influential civilisations was born and where many of the world’s most renowned artists created their masterpieces.
So why choose Rome for a geography school trip?
Beyond the ruins and the piazzas, there is another story to be told. For thousands of years, Roman people have taken advantage of their geographical location to build a distinctive city and in return the land has been changed by the will of the people.
On this trip you will see an unexpected side of Rome, off the beaten track, beyond the marble and into the marshes. You will look upon historical and modern wonders through the eyes of a geographer in this city where physical and human geography meet.
Arrive in Rome and Baroque Rome Tour
Upon your arrival in Rome, it is time to get acquainted with the city with some sightseeing.
During your Baroque city tour you will visit the Trevi Fountain. The fountain attracts tourists from all over the world, hoping to throw a coin into the fountain to ensure they will return to Rome one day.
Baroque Rome Tour also includes a visit to the Pantheon, a well-preserved ancient Rome temple which has since been converted to a catholic church. Gazing up at the Pantheon students will begin to understand the influence that both the ancient Romans and the Catholic Church have had on the people the city.
The next sight to see is the Spanish Steps, which is on every tourists bucket list. The Spanish Steps are named after the Piazza di Spagna, so called because of its proximity to the Spanish embassy.
Finally you will visit the Piazza Navona, a beautiful example of Baroque architecture and art.
Circeo National Park
On Day 2 you will see a different side of Rome outside the city centre off the beaten track.
The National Park of Circeo was established in 1934 to preserve the last area of Pontine Marshes which were being reclaimed during this period.
Led by the fascist government the marshlands were drained and cleared to settle hundreds of families. You will learn all about the reclaim of the marshlands in the museum in the park.
One of the outcomes of this marshland being drained was that agriculture now thrives in the area. You will see this first hand at the Casearia Bianca buffalo dairy farm and vineyard tour where you will stop for lunch.
Your tour of Circeo continues on the beaches where students can study the dunes formed in the golden sand.
Regenerating Rome Tour
On Day 3, back in the heart of the city your students will explore land use in Rome.
Beginning with a tour along the River Tiber. The Tiber is the life blood of the city, it was what drew the ancient Romans to establish the city here.
Your students will explore the contrasts around the banks of the river. They will see lively covered markets, Roman monuments, the MACRO museum of modern art, as well as some striking Italian rationalism and fascist architecture in the EUR district e.g. Colosseo Quadrato.
Rome has so many wonderful places to eat, tonight you will visit a local restaurant to enjoy your favourite Italian dishes.
Ancient Rome Tour and depart Rome
The last day of your trip is not short of things to do.
Begin the days’ itinerary with a visit to one of Rome’s most distinctive landmarks, the Colosseum. This world famous amphitheatre was built in 70-80AD. Students can stand within its ruin walls and imagine what patrons would have seen in the time of the gladiators.
Next stop is an equally remarkable area of historic ruins. The Roman Forum was once the centre of day to day life in Rome.
Students will also visit Palatine Hill, once the centre of the Roman empire where many affluent Romans lived. In mythology, the hill is said to house a cave where Romulus and Remus were found by a she-wolf called Lupa who kept them alive.