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GCSE Rome Trip 6th – 10th November 2017

GCSE Rome Trip 6th – 10th November 2017 by Abigail Hearn and Shannone Sullivan-Sansom – Year 11

On the first day we arrived at the school at 3am to get the coach to the airport. We arrived in Rome at the airport around 10:30am and got to the hotel about midday.  After dropping our bags, we went for lunch and then visited the Spanish Steps and walked all the way down to the Bernini fountain at the bottom and had a look around the shops.  We then made our way to the Trevi fountain where we threw a coin in, which meant that we would come back to Rome.

On the second day we had a tour of the Colosseum and we went to the War Memorial (the Victor Emmanuel II Monument) where some of us went up to the roof in a lift to see views of the whole of Rome.  We also went on a night coach tour around Rome and Vatican City.

On Wednesday morning we went to Vatican City via the Metro, which was really busy, and saw the Pope (Pope Francis) at the Papal Audience.  He went round in an open car and people kissed his hand, then he gave a religious speech, which was summarised in about six different languages.  After, we had a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, where we saw Ancient Roman headless statues, and the Sistine Chapel, where we were not allowed to speak.  Following this we went into St. Peter’s Basilica.  In the evening we went to the Castel Sant’Angelo and walked all the way to the top where we saw some stunning views of Rome at night.

On Thursday morning we went on a 4D cinematic experience where we learnt about the history of Rome.  Afterwards, we went shopping and each group took us on tours of their favourite places or places they wanted to visit.  We ended up at the Villa Borghese, a big park in Rome where we had some free time to explore.  The teachers found a scale replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and some of the students hired go carts.  After dinner a group of us went back to the Colosseum to see it lit up at night.

On Friday, our last day, we went to the Termini to get the Metro only to find there was a public transport strike, which meant we were going to have to do even more walking!  We walked to the Circus Maximus (an ancient circuit where chariot racing would have taken place) and then we went to the Lying Stone, where we had to put our hand in the mouth to see if we were telling the truth.  If we weren’t apparently we would lose our hand.  Finally we finished off with more group tours followed by more rounds of shopping then went to the airport to go home.  We arrived back at school just before midnight on Friday evening.

We would like to thank Mrs Doyle for organising this trip and to Miss Kirk, Mrs Allam and Ms Hayford for coming with us and making the trip so enjoyable.

Abigail Hearn and Shannone Sullivan-Sansom – Year 11