Arguably one of the most important cities in European history, there are endless reasons to visit Rome on a school trip. An open-air museum, Rome offers students an insight into almost every important movement in Western culture, the history of Christianity and, of course, the history and culture of the Italian peninsula.
Rome is a beautiful, impressive city, with architecture ranging from Imperial Rome to Renaissance and Baroque, before coming almost full circle to Fascist architecture, which in many ways imitated the architecture of Ancient Rome, but in a more simplistic way. You can’t help but be impressed by the cityscape and Rome is certain to leave your students in awe.
Of course, we don’t really have to tell you why Rome is such a fantastic choice for a classical studies school trip. The city is peppered with Ancient Roman ruins, from the Roman Forum to the Colosseum, giving your students the opportunity to experience ancient history and culture in a very unique way. In addition, the city boasts many fantastic museums that will allow your group to reinforce and develop their knowledge.
For artists too, Rome is hard to beat for a school trip. From antiquity to the modern day, Rome has always attracted artists, many of them inspired by the generations of artists that came before. There are countless priceless works of art held in Rome’s many museums and art galleries and, certainly, if you want your students to gain a better understanding of the history of Western art, this is the ideal destination.
For religious studies groups, a school trip to Rome will allow your group to learn more about the history of Christianity. Of course, within Rome is Vatican City, the tiny city state that is home to the Pope and at the centre of the Catholic Church.
The Pope is actually the Bishop of Rome, and the reason that the popes are always the head of the Catholic Church is that they are seen to be the successors of Peter, who is considered the first Bishop of Rome. And the importance of Rome itself within the Catholic Church is due to the martyrdom of St. Peter and St. Paul there.
But, although the majority of Romans are Catholics, it’s not all about Christianity in Rome. There has been a well-established Jewish community in the city for centuries, but their treatment by the city’s authorities has varied widely throughout the ages, often depending on the attitude of the current pope towards the community, with some more sympathetic than others.
In the 16th century, Pope Paul IV forced the city’s Jewish community into a ghetto. Later popes also pursued discriminatory policies against Jews with just a couple of short periods of respite. This only changed in 1870, with Italian unification. In the new Kingdom of Italy, religious persecution was outlawed. Of course, anti-Semitism in Rome, and Italy as a whole, then reared its ugly head once more during the Fascist period.
And with increased immigration to Italy, other religions, such as Islam, are establishing a greater presence in the city. So, there is plenty to discover in Rome for religious studies groups.
And last, but certainly not least, Rome is a wonderful choice for an Italian language school trip. With a history spanning 28 centuries, there’s no better place to learn about the history, language and culture of the Italian peninsula.
In Rome, your students will have the chance to experience the fabled dolce vita. In Rome, they will be able to experience all the wonderful quirks of the Italian culture, from the rituals surrounding coffee and food, to the magic of the passeggiata.