Religious Studies School Trips to Rome, Italy
Rome is arguably one of the most important cities of the Roman Catholic faith and gives students the opportunity to reflect on a wealth of religious heritage, while exploring their beliefs in the “real world.” It is bursting with enriching experiences for Religious Studies students; whether it be attending a Papal Audience participation session in St Peter’s Square, or simply exploring the countless Basilicas and Churches that the city houses.
Being in one of the core destinations of Christianity, students will develop informed insights on fundamental questions relating to identity, belonging, purpose, truth, values and commitments; as a consequence of this they are much better positioned to express their own personal responses and discuss differing views that may arise within the group.
They will along their journey visit numerous places of Worship, develop an increased understanding of the reasons for Pilgrimage and have an opportunity to gain an enriching insight into one of the world’s most influential religions.
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Rome Religious Studies Study Visits
With its impressive architecture, centuries of history and strong links to the Roman Catholic faith, Rome is the perfect destination for any Religious Studies students. Here are a few of our favourite visits in Rome, however there is plenty more on offer for your students.
Papal Audience – St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican
On a Wednesday in St Peter’s Square, the Pope holds audiences*. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to be in the presence of such an influential figure of the Roman Catholic faith.
Following the audience the group will have the opportunity to explore the Basilica and St Peter’s Square. The Basilica is considered to be one of the finest and most imposing churches in Christendom and attracts hundreds of tourists from around the world on a daily basis.
The afternoon will then be filled with a visit of the Vatican Museums including the impressive Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museums contain an extraordinary collection of fine art and treasures accumulated from around the world by Papal leaders. The highlight for most visitors is the Sistine Chapel, which Michelangelo was commissioned to repaint in 1508.
There is also an evening Mass at 5pm daily that groups can attend before departing.
*please note that the Papal audience is strictly subject to availability.
The most famous monument in Ancient Rome, the Coliseum is considered one of the greatest feats of Roman architecture and engineering, seating up to 60,000 citizens. Venturing inside its walls enables students to understand the complex political history behind the ancient remains, and can demonstrate the use and abuse of Roman power. A local expert guide will bring to life the importance of this monument to Imperial Roman power and cruelty for the everyday Roman citizen.
Catacombs of St Callixtus
These ancient, underground burial places are most famous for Christian burials. Built after AD 150, with some private Christian hypogea and a funeral area directly dependent on the Catholic Church. They take their name from the deacon Saint Callixtus, proposed by Pope Zephyrinus in the administration of the same cemetery. The arcades, where more than fifty martyrs and sixteen pontiffs are buried, form part of a complex graveyard that occupies fifteen hectares and is almost 20 km long.
During the 40 minute guided tour you will see many ancient drawings, letters, and sacramental chapels of the 3rd century, along the intricate network of passages and learn about the history behind the catacombs. “The little Vatican” was the official burial place of 9 popes and is probably
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.
Dates: 25th – 29th April
Passengers: 22 students and 3 teachers
Accommodation: Centro Accoglienza Don Minozzi
Board Basis: 3 nights Full Board & 1 night Half Board
Overview of visits: the Piazza Navona, the Campo de’ Fiori, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Capitoline Museum, Trajan’s Column, the Papal Audience, St Peters Square, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Catacombs of St Callixus, Villa Borghese, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain.
In order to make the most of their trip, the group had an early start arriving in Rome by late morning where they were met by their Italian speaking courier. After checking in at the hotel and unloading their luggage, the group decided to visit two squares; the Piazza Navona, a historic city square where artists who regularly gather to work and tourists watch and compliment, and the Campo de’ Fiori, where farmers and fishmongers come to the open-air market to sell what they have grown and caught. This gave the group a real insight into the culture and they headed back to their hotel for the evening meal, excited about what they would see over the next few days!
In preparation of the day ahead, the group had a large breakfast at the hotel, collected the lunch provided and made their own way to the Colosseum, arriving at the Roman Forum entrance in time to view the Arco’di Costantino before the queues started to grow! The group explored the ruins and learnt about the gladiators and spectacular events that the rich and poor citizens of Rome were both often thrilled to view. The group heard from their guide that the Forum and the Palatine Hill was where people have lived since approximately 1000 BC. Next was a visit to the Capitoline Museum where the group saw exhibits that mainly came from the city itself and have been dated back to 1471. With some time to spare before the evening meal at the hotel the group went to view Trajan’s Column that commemorates Roman Emporer Trajan’s victories, the engraved monument was an ideal end to the sights the group had viewed that day. The remainder of the evening was spent enjoying the meal and having leisure time in the local area.
The day’s first excursion was the Papal Audience. This amazing experience was a highlight for the group as they had the opportunity to see the Pope in person and listen to teachings and readings. Following this the group had their lunch in St Peters Square surrounded by magnificent architecture and Italian culture. Full after their lunch, the group met their guide and began exploring the Vatican Museums, firstly they saw the collections of fine art before moving on to the Sistine Chapel that the group had only previously learnt about through pictures and what they were told by other people. The whole group felt they had benefited already from this first-hand experience of Rome and the Catholic religion, this was further enhanced by the opportunity to go to the evening Mass service at St Peters. With some time to spare before their evening meal the group took a leisurely stroll and public transport back to the hotel, making sure to take in and fully appreciate their surroundings.
Today the group started differently to their previous days by heading out of the centre of Rome to the incredible Catacombs of St Callixus, this 90 acre complex is made up of galleries that stretch 12 miles and more than 20 meters deep. The underground cemetery is split into many areas and the group felt like they had really stepped back in time whilst exploring this part of Rome. Once they had finished the group made their way back to the centre of Rome, specifically the Villa Borghese, considered ‘the most beautiful museum in Italy and the world,’ it definitely lived up to expectations, as did the picturesque surroundings of the Villa Borghese Park. On this evening the group enjoyed their evening meal at the traditional Sottosopra restaurant, feeling very full the group had an early night.
On this final day the group checked out of the hotel and headed to the last two stops on their itinerary, the Spanish steps and the magnificent Trevi Fountain. The Spanish steps were where, in the 18th century, the most beautiful men and women gathered and at the Trevi Fountain the group through a coin over their shoulders, ensuring their return to Rome! The group returned to the hotel to collect their luggage and loaded themselves and their belongings on to the coach setting off for the airport.
We have a number of hotels and hostels in Rome which are perfectly suited to school groups. Here are two of our favourites:
Hotel Portamaggiore, Rome
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 fame around the world.
The Hotel has 215 rooms spread over 5 floors that can be accessed by 2 lifts. Each room is 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.
Hotel Villa Rosa, Rome
This Italian 3* hotel is in an excellent location, in the Trastevere area of Rome, to the South West of the City, within a reasonable distance from the Vatican. 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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