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Classics School Trips to Rome, Italy

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One of the most ancient cities in Europe, Rome has over 3,000 years of history, culture and architecture. Steeped with intrigue and drama, a visit to the Eternal City is an excellent way of introducing your students to the delicate link between Roman culture as it is written in drama and play, and the expression of this culture still demonstrated today in its architecture. As well as a Classics Trip destination, it can also bring a context to studying the influence of Rome on Britain and Western Europe. In essence, Rome is truly an enriching experience for Classics students of all ages and can develop an understanding of the social and cultural contexts of Roman society.

“If I was marking the experience I have had with Rayburn it will make other companies struggle to match let alone beat!”

Mrs Gini Garside, October 2015 - Rome and the Bay of Naples

Did you know?

On the day the Colosseum officially was opened, 5,000 animals were killed and during its history, it has been estimated that over 500,000 people and over a million animals have been killed there.

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Rome Fact File

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Recommended Visits

Rome Classics Recommended Visits

Rome’s diverse classical visits make it the ideal destination to enhance your student’s understanding of a range of topics on the Classics syllabus. Here you can discover just some of the excursions we can build into your bespoke school trip itinerary.

The Colosseum Roman Forum Gladiator Training School Palatine Hill Ostia Antica Archaeological site Pantheon Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps The Vatican Museums The Tiber River Cruise and Ostia Antica
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Rome Sample Itineraries

Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itinerary created for one of our clients below.


5 days,
4 nights

Dates: 9th – 13th July 

Passengers: 45 students and 5 teachers

Accommodation: Hotel Center

Board Basis: Half Board

Overview of visits: ‘Rome by Night’ guided coach tour, the Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill, Ostia Antica, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, Catacombs of Saint Callixtus

Day 1:

After arriving at school, the group excitedly began their tour by making the short transfer to Birmingham airport for their flight to Rome. On arrival in Rome the group were met by a representative who escorted them to the coach. The group arrived in the evening, unloaded their luggage, checked in and settled down for their evening meal at a local restaurant. For the remainder of the evening the group went on a two hour ‘Rome by Night’ guided coach tour which included discovering some of the main monuments of the Eternal City. They travelled down Via Cavour arriving at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and saw the Imperial and Roman Forum the political, commercial and religious centre of ancient Rome and the Colosseum. The group then passed through Piazza Venezia to see the Victor Emanuel Monument and the Unknown Soldier, ‘Il Vittoriano’.

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Day 2:

After breakfast the group set off on foot for a full day exploring the Colosseum and the surrounding area. Once the group had arrived at the Colosseum, they met with their guide for the day and collected headsets before they started the tour of the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill. The expert local guide skilfully guided them through the ruins, bringing them to life with tales of how and why such importance was placed on the monuments and the power and cruelty that everyday Roman citizens endured, along with comparisons to the riches and splendour of the wealthiest living on the Palatine Hill. The group also saw the Arco’di Costantino, Capitoline Hill and Museum and Trajan’s Column. After a full day, the group made their way on foot back to the hotel where they freshened up before heading out to the Restaurant Terme del Colosseo for their evening meal; a pizza party with ‘Roman Fantasy’ Show.

Day 3:

Day three started with breakfast before the group boarded the coach and made their way to their first visit on the day, Ostia Antica. Founded in the 7th Century, walking around this ancient Roman town the group got an insight into its past. Similar to Pompeii, the town has a Roman Theatre, Forum and large baths complex. The group got to see the fishmongers’ marble slab and the communal public toilets that gave the group a real sense of the past. A well-earned break for lunch was taken at the café before the group boarded the coach again for departure for their second visit of the day, sightseeing in Rome. The group were dropped off in the centre of Rome close to the Trevi Fountain where everyone indulged in the tradition of throwing a coin into the fountain to hopefully return one day. The group then moved on to further explore the city including stops at the Campo de’Fiori and Piazza Navona followed by the Spanish Steps, taking in the steps, the boat-shaped fountain, the famous Caffe Greco and the Via Condotti one of Rome’s most elegant shopping streets. The evening meal was at a local restaurant where the group were entertained with live traditional music before they took public transport back to the hotel.

Day 4:

The group once again tucked into another hearty breakfast before heading out using the public transport system to get to their visit of the day, the Vatican City. Here they met their guide for the day and commenced their tour. The group started with the Vatican Museums, where the group saw some of the extraordinary collections of fine art and treasures that have been collected by various papal leaders. They then moved onto what was the highlight of the day for many, the Sistine Chapel. The group stood in wonder looking up at the world famous fresco. St Peter’s Basilica was the next stop as the group were guided around this impressive Basilica with its tombs, statues and monuments and then it was onto St Peters Sqaure. After a full day, the group’s evening meal was at the Hard Rock Café before they made their way on the underground back to the hotel.

Day 5:

The group had a slightly earlier start to the day as they checked out of the hotel and loaded their luggage onto the coach ready for their departure back to the UK later in the day. The groups’ only visit of the day was to the Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, the greatest and most important of Rome. The group had time to explore some of the complexes 90 acre area and 12 mile long network of tunnels before they met the coach and made their way to the airport for their flight back to the UK.

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Rome Accommodation

We have a number of hotels in and around Rome which are perfectly suited to school groups. Here are just a couple of our favourites:

Hotel Portamaggiore, Rome

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The Hotel Portamaggiore has a splendid location in Rome’s historic centre, facing the monumental Porta Maggiore (1st century A.D). Its classic air, courteous and traditional hospitality, enhanced by the surrounding archaeological treasures, have added to its popularity.

The Hotel has 215 rooms spread over 5 floors that can be accessed by 2 lifts. Each room has a TV, telephone, air conditioning, a safe and private bathroom facilities. The Hotel benefits from two restaurants, meeting rooms, two bars, a garden terrace and TV room. For peace of mind the reception is 24 hours and there is free Wi-Fi in the lobby area.

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Hotel Villa Rosa, Rome

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This Italian 3* hotel is in an excellent location, in the Trastevere area of Rome, to the South West of the City. The hotel itself is situated approximately 300 metres from the Trastevere Station. The Hotel has 53 rooms, from singles to quadruples, each decorated in a classic, warm style. There is also a restaurant, conference room and meeting room along with 24 hour reception.

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