History/Geography tour to Rome and the Bay of Naples by air: 5 days, 4 nights

History/Geography tour to Rome and the Bay of Naples by air: 5 days, 4 nights

With Rome’s rich history and the Bay of Naples’ volcanic landscape, this tour will take your students to a wide variety of wonderful sites such as the iconic Colosseum, the Vatican, Vesuvius and Pompeii, giving your students first-hand experiences and life-long memories. Metro travel makes Rome accessible, but we recommend walking as it enables you to absorb the beauty of this ancient Roman city.

Suggested itinerary

  • Day one
  • Fly from the UK to Rome
  • Transfer to accommodation
  • Explore the city on foot
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Day two
  • Colosseum and Forum
  • Pantheon
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Day three
  • St Peter's Basilica
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Vatican
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Day four
  • Transfer from Rome to Sorrento with stops at Vesuvius or Pompeii
  • Overnight in Sorrento
  • Day five
  • Transfer to airport with a stop at Solfatara
  • Fly back to the UK

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History/Geography tour to Rome and the Bay of Naples by air: 5 days, 4 nights

  • Colosseum

    Subject range: Art, Cultural, History, Classics, Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    The Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and the largest amphitheatre in the world, considered one of the greatest achievements of Roman engineering and architecture. A symbol of the pageantry of the Empire and estimated to hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, it was used for gladiatorial contests as well as other public spectacles such as dramas based on Classical mythology. Construction began in 70 AD under Emperor Vespasian. The last recorded games were held there in the 6th century. The monument's damage was mostly caused by earthquakes. The present-day exterior of the Colosseum is in fact the original interior wall.

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    Students will easily be able to imagine shows at the arena and will find it humbling to follow in the steps millions have taken before both as tourists and gladiators. Guides tell the many secrets this historical monument holds and will provide a wealth of information such as the origins of our language - for example, did you know the word 'arena' comes from the Latin word for sand which was used to cover the stage where the action took place?

  • The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

    Subject range: Art, Cultural, History, Classics, Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    Once the heart of Roman public life, the Forum is a plaza in the centre of Rome surrounded by the ruins of important ancient government buildings. Many events took place here including public speeches, trials and elections. Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline hills.

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    According to tradition, the Forum's beginnings are connected with the alliance between Romulus, the first king of Rome controlling the Palatine Hill, and his rival, Titus Tatius, who occupied the Capitoline Hill.

  • Pantheon

    Subject range: History, Classics, Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    The Pantheon, built 118-128 AD, is the most complete and best preserved of the ancient temples due to being in continuous use throughout history. Since the 7th century it has been used as a Catholic Church, dedicated to St. Mary and the Martyrs. The space inside is awe-inspiring - a perfect sphere symbolising the vault of heaven with the height of the dome the same as its diameter creating perfect balance and unique harmony.

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    Pantheon is derived from the Ancient Greek word 'Pantheion' meaning 'of, relating to, or common to all the gods'.

  • Trevi Fountain

    Subject range: Art, Cultural, History, Classics, Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    The largest Baroque fountain in the city, the Trevi Fountain is a beautiful, imposing construction that features the central figure of Neptune flanked by two Tritons - one struggles to master an unruly sea horse, the other leads a more docile animal (this symbolises the two contrasting moods of the sea). A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome.

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    The fountain is mostly built of travertine stone. The largest building in the world constructed mostly of travertine is the Colosseum in Rome.

  • The Vatican City, St Peter's Basilica and the Sistine chapel

    Subject range: Art, Cultural, History, Classics, Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    The Vatican is the smallest state in the world. It's full of places of interest to be discovered including the Vatican grounds and Museum with fabulous art work such as the wondrous Michelangelo masterpieces in the Sistine chapel, St. Peter's Basilica with its beautiful Renaissance architecture, and St. Peter's Square with the impressive Egyptian obelisk at its centre.

    Select says:

    It is best to visit the Vatican first, entering as early as possible in the morning to avoid the crowds (skip the line with Select's fast pass into the Vatican) and then make your way to St. Peter's Basilica. Our tour guides can tailor your tour to suit your requirements.

     

  • Vesuvius

    Subject range: Cultural, Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79 killing thousands of people in the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae. A hike up Mount Vesuvius will show you views into the crater, and on a clear day. Spectacular views out to the Bay of Naples.

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    For pre-tour/post-tour try an eyewitness account - see the letters of Pliny the Younger to the Historian Tacitus, where he describes the eruption and the death of his uncle, Pliny the Elder while trying to rescue survivors of the early stages of the eruption. Available here.

  • Pompeii

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    Pompeii is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization. The thick layer of volcanic material which submerged it, made up to a large extent of ash and lapilli - non-hard material, unlike that which covered Herculaneum and which solidified into extremely hard stone -has meant that the city has remained intact, not just buildings but also the contents of houses and shops which provide an absolutely fascinating picture of 'daily' life.

    Select says:

    The site has minimal shade, so it's important for students to bring sunscreen, a hat and water.

  • Solfatara

    Subject range: Cultural, Geography

    What you’ll experience:

    Solfatara is a shallow, dormant, volcanic crater at Pozzuoli near Naples. You can smell the sulphur and see steam rising from cracks in the ground. The crater floor has mud pools and fumaroles which vent great blasts of steam.

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    Look for the yellow/orange sulphur crystals surrounding the steam vents.

  • Spanish Steps

    Subject range: Art, Cultural

    What you’ll experience:

    The Spanish Steps is a monumental stairway of 135 steps which climbs a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. They were built between 1723-1726 and designed by Francesco de Sanctis.

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    At the base of the steps in the Piazza di Spagna is the early Baroque fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia which translates as 'fountain of the ugly boat'.

  • Time Elevator

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience:

    An immersive experience for students taking them back in time by using panoramic cinema screens, surround sound, moving seats, and multisensory effects such as rain and wind. Visitors fly back in time to the legend of Romulus and Remus and the founding of the city, and can view the virtual reconstruction of monuments such as the Colosseum.

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    Students will also experience events after the Roman Empire, for example the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance.

History/Geography tour to Rome and the Bay of Naples by air: 5 days, 4 nights

Learning areas:

Geography KS3: develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes; understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time; collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes. Recognition of important links and inter-relationships between places and environments; more detailed contextual knowledge of two countries of contemporary global significance; human and physical geography: understand, through the use of detailed place-based exemplars at a variety of scales, the key processes in: physical geography relating to: geological timescales and plate tectonics; rocks, weathering and soils; weather and climate, including the change in climate from the Ice Age to the present; and glaciation, hydrology and coasts.

History KS3: the study of the social, cultural and political values and beliefs of the Romans; know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires;gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’; understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses; understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims.

KS4: We have selected excursions that specifically relate to and provide the best learning opportunities for different areas of the GCSE revisions for the AQA, OCR and Edexcel syllabuses. Please ask your travel advisor for advice on which excursions are most appropriate for your exam board.

Select Extras:

Some excellent short resources:

A Day in Pompeii - Full-length animation 

Volcano Explosion (Mt. Vesuvius)‬

Try the resource ‘Time for Kids’ for a history timeline and more.

How about giving your students a taste of the Italian language pre-tour? Try Learn Italian with Babbel

 

History/Geography tour to Rome and the Bay of Naples by air: 5 days, 4 nights

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    Hotel Capitol

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    Capacity: 100

    The Hotel Capitol is ideally located near to the Roma Termini Railway Station in the historical centre of the city, and is close to all the main monuments. The Hotel Capitol is located in a historic late Nineteenth century building and staff are friendly and English speaking. A great choice for your school tour to Rome!

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    Hotel Dina

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    Location: Rome

    Capacity: 100

    Centrally located in Rome, close to the main train station. The Hotel Dina offers authentic Italian style accommodation in a great location.

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    Klein Wien

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    Location: Piano Di Sorrento

    Capacity: 40 rooms

    Located in Piano Di Sorrento and offering great views of the bay.

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    Hotel Tourist

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    Location: Sorrento

    Capacity: 100

    Conveniently located in the heart of Sorrento, a 15 minute walk to the port.

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    Hotel Londra

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    Location: Sorrento

    Capacity: 46 rooms

    Located 1.5km from the centre of Sorrento and 250m to the nearest beach!

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