03 Nov

Classics Trip to Rome

On Wednesday 18th October, we arrived at school at 1:00am, all bleary-eyed and shivering to begin our journey to Rome. Following a two-hour flight, we stepped off the coach at Ostia Antica to see Italy’s blue skies and summery warmth. Ostia Antica was an ancient town which was situated at the mouth of the River Tiber. Its origins are unknown, but it has been preserved magnificently by layers of silt from various flooding. Ostia was like a miniature Rome, with its own temples, baths and inns. We soon located the Baths of Mithras, a sun god, showing the popularity of cults from the East. Our second day was equally jam-packed, including visits to the Capitoline Museums, the Colosseum, Forum and the Palatine Hill. Armed with our guidebooks, we split up and explored the Capitoline Museums at our own pace, taking in the vast array of classical sculpture, tapestry and even Renaissance paintings. A highlight was seeing the Hall of the Emperors, the famous bronze statue of Romulus and Remus and the Capitoline Venus. The museums were breathtakingly beautiful, each room providing something new and interesting to explore. The Colosseum, naturally, was a must-see attraction and it certainly did not disappoint! Our final day we visited the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. These were beautiful, filled with more Roman and Greek sculptures, and seeing Michelangelo’s artistry in the Chapel was a true delight. We followed this up with a visit to the Ara Pacis, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. Our trip to Rome would not have been possible without Mrs Coetzee, Miss Platt and Madame Franco. We owe them a huge thank you for taking us to such an amazing city and showing us so many classical delights.