School Classical Studies Trip to Rome

Experience the feeling of centuries of turbulent history under your feet with a visit to Rome. Students have the opportunity to step back in time and visit the early city (Palatine Hill, Roman Forum), Imperial patronage (Colosseum, Pantheon) and develop their understanding of early Christianity (basilicas, catacombs). A visit is not complete without experiencing the opulence of the Vatican, which contains a plethora of Roman Art in its vast museums.

Study Themes
Ruling the Roman Empire; the fall of the Roman Republic; the invention of Imperial Rome; the Roman World from the late Republic to the early Empire

Specifications & Topics Supported
GCSE: OCR Ancient History Unit A031: The Greeks at war, Ancient World Unit A032: The Rise of Rome
AS/A2: OCR Classics, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History, AQA Classical Civilisation

Day 1 Flight to Rome Transfer by coach to your hotel Evening meal at a traditional Italian restaurant
Day 2 Visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Evening meal at an Italian restaurant

Visit to the Trevi Fountain

Day 3 Visit to the Vatican City, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

Evening meal at pizza restaurant

Visit to the Spanish Steps

Day 4

Visit to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona

Transfer by coach to airport Return flight to UK

This price includes:

  • 3 nights' half board acommodation (breakfast and evening meal)
  • ATOL protected return flights from the UK
  • Airport taxes and passenger duty at current rates
  • Airport transfers by private coach to/from airport to hotel
  • Advanced entry to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Free staff place ratio 1:10
  • Detailed information pack
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance 
  • VAT at current rates to tour operators 
  • VAMOOS - our easy to use travel app
N.B. Activities listed in the itinerary are not neccessarily included in the price. Contact us for further information.

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“Rome has unforgettable sights to enjoy, it brings to life ancient and medieval history, and provides non-stop interest for students. Especially good focus for Religious Studies, History and Art. The organisation by Halsbury before departure was superb and the level of support is excellent. Their recommendations for hotel and restaurant were very good and travel arrangements were efficient. This visit was really successful thanks to the hard work of all your staff in the UK. I'd like to especially mention the guide you provided, Filomena, who was absolutely excellent. The hotel was well located and a good standard, and our travel arrangements went well with departures on time and coaches arriving promptly. A totally successful visit thanks to all your patience and perseverance before departure, thanks so much, we would absolutely recommend this visit and hope to repeat it again next year.”

Wallington High School for Girls
Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre)

Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre)

Echoing the giant stadiums of today, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built by the Romans. Built by the Emperor Vespasian at the end of the first century AD, it could accommodate as many as 87,000 spectators, who gathered for a particularly bloody form of Roman entertainment, as gladiators fought wild animals and each other, to the death.

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

The world's smallest country manages to play host to one of the finest art galleries. The Vatican has a vast collection dating from ancient Greece onwards, but its most celebrated work is part of the building itself - Michelangelo's celebrated frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museums include the Pinacoteca, Chiaramonti Museum, Gregoriano Egizio Museum, Gregoriano Etrusco Museum...

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

The forum was the centre of political, commercial and judicial life in ancient Rome. The largest buildings were the basilicas, where legal cases were heard. It emerged as such in the 7th century BCE and maintained this position well into the Imperial period, when it was reduced to a monumental area. It was mostly abandoned at the end of the 4th century.



The Palatine Hill is some 70 meters high with views of the Roman Forum on one side, and the Circus Maximus on the other. The site is now a large open-air museum which tourists can visit during the daytime. The entrance can be found near the Arch of Titus in the Roman Forum.  It is thought that Rome has its origins on the Palatine. Recent excavations have shown that people have lived on the s...

Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps

Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps

The Fontana di Trevi/Trevi Fountain is the most famous, and arguably the most beautiful, fountain in Rome. This impressive monument dominates the small Trevi square located in the Quirinale district. The Scalinata di Spagna, or Spanish Steps, are located in an upmarket area of Rome, and join the Piazza di Spagna with the church of Trinita dei Monti, famous for its twin towers that domina...

Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica is a well-preserved port town and was once the ancient port of Rome. The port offers visitors the opportunity to see the artifacts of blue collar working life in Roman times.

The Catacombs of Saint Callixtus

The Catacombs of Saint Callixtus

An important religious site for early Christians, the Catacombs of St Callixtus, which sit on the Appian Way (Via Appia) - one of the most important Roman roads on the Italian peninsula, are most famous for once being the burial place of many of the early popes, with their earliest nuclei dating from the second century AD. At present the upkeep and management of all Roman Christians catacomb...

Time Elevator

Time Elevator

Time Elevator Rome is a sensational experience; a 'must-see' for every tour group. A multi-sensory show of the history of Rome with seats on special moving platforms; 3 panoramic screens; flight simulators and a state-of-the-art surround sound system. You will be projected through 2750 years, and the most important events, in Rome’s history. Visitors experience a simulated ride ...

Hotel Archimede

The 4* Hotel Archimede is a renovated 19th century building. The classically decorated hotel is great for school groups looking for central accommodation within easy reach of the main tourist sights.

The 156 bedrooms have private bathrooms with a hairdryer and also feature air conditioning, free wifi and television. Students will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, with adults in twins.  A buffet breakfast will be served every morning.

Please note there is a tourist bed tax of €6 per person per night. This has to be paid directly by you to the hotel.

Hotel Floridia

The 3* Hotel Florida is conveniently located near to the Termini station in Rome. All the main tourist sights are within easy reach.

The hotel offers 44 classically decorated rooms. Students will usually be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. All rooms are ensuite and have a TV, telephone and air conditioning.

A buffet breakfast is provided every morning.

Hotel Noto

Hotel Noto is a 3* hotel located close to the Termini railway station in the centre of Rome. This hotel offers 148 rooms, students will usually be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins, all of which are en-suite. Other room facilities include air conditioning, telephone and satellite TV.

Please note there is a tourist bed tax of €6 per person, per night. This has to be paid directly by you to the hotel.

Hotel Siracusa

Hotel Siracusa offers 150 comfortable rooms. Students will usually be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. All rooms come with en-suite facilities, telephone, hair drier, safe and air conditioning.

A large buffet breakfast is provided by the hotel.

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