Roaming in Rome
“Sixth Form Philosophy and Religious Studies A Level students embarked on an exciting adventure to Rome, immersing themselves in the rich history and spiritual significance of this iconic location. Despite the extremely early start on the Thursday morning, the students spent the afternoon exploring the historic centre of Rome on foot, including visiting the Basilica of St Ignatius and the Pantheon, with a number boosting their energy levels with an Italian gelato. Friday saw the group exploring the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica and reflecting on significant aspects of Christian history with the help of their knowledgeable guide.
This was followed on Saturday by visits to two of the most important sites of Ancient Rome, the port town of Ostia Antica and the awe-inspiring Colosseum. For several of the students, one of the highlights of the trip was Sunday’s visit to the Catacombs of St Priscilla, an ancient Christian cemetery where the earliest known paintings of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus can be found. Over the course of the trip, students also visited the Basilica de Santa Maria Maggiore, the Spanish Steps and the Capuchin Crypt, as well as enjoying Italian food and coping admirably with the high temperatures. It was an extremely enjoyable conclusion to the year, characterised by real camaraderie and sparking a new level of engagement with the study of Religion, HIstory and culture”.
Mrs Susanna Soman
Teacher of Philosophy & Religion
Assistant Head of PSHCE