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Religious Studies Trips to Rome
Rome, the “Eternal City” is Italy’s political and religious heartbeat and the twin presence of government and Church dominates the city. It has been a sacred place and internationally important city since ancient times with the first known temple being built in Rome around 575 BC. A Jewish community was established here in 161 BC and Christians arrived in the 1st century AD. Ever since Rome has been the centre of Catholic Christianity.
Rome's abundance of ancient temples, synagogues, churches and shrines make it one of the best cities to explore the holy places of a variety of religious traditions, making it a perfect and unforgettable place to visit with a group of students.
Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.
|1||Check in to UK airport for flight||Arrive Rome and transfer to your accommodation||Visit to the Time Elevator followed by evening meal|
|2||Guided Walking Tour of the city||Explore the ancient Christian Catacombs||Meal in a local restaurant|
|3||Guided Visit to Vatican City, to include the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica||Evening meal and free time in Piazza Navona|
|4||Visit to The Great Synagogue||Transfer to Rome airport for return flight||Arrive UK, onward travel to school|
|Morning||Check in to UK airport for flight|
|Afternoon||Arrive Rome and transfer to your accommodation|
|Evening||Visit to the Time Elevator followed by evening meal|
|Morning||Guided Walking Tour of the city|
|Afternoon||Explore the ancient Christian Catacombs|
|Evening||Meal in a local restaurant|
|Morning||Guided Visit to Vatican City, to include the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica|
|Evening||Evening meal and free time in Piazza Navona|
|Morning||Visit to The Great Synagogue|
|Afternoon||Transfer to Rome airport for return flight|
|Evening||Arrive UK, onward travel to school|
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Reasons to Visit
The Vatican City is situated entirely within the city of Rome, sprawling over a hill west of the River Tiber, and separated from the rest of the city by a wall. Vatican City comprises St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Square, the Vatican and the Vatican Gardens. The Vatican City is best known to tourists and students of architecture for the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica.
The Vatican Museums house one of the finest art collections in the world. As the collections are so vast, it is better to confine yourselves to a few selected highlights such as the Chiaramonte Gallery, the Raphael Rooms, Raphael’s Loggia and the Chapel of Nicholas V, the Pinacoteca Gallery, not forgetting the Sistine Chapel with the awe-inspiring Last Judgement, which fills the altar wall.
Rome's temple to the gods was constructed in 27 B.C. An altar was later added for Christian worship and after the Renaissance, it became a tomb for the city's elite including the painter Raphael and former kings of Italy. The Pantheon's architecture is inspiring with its tall columns and impressive dome with the sun shining through the oculus, a 27-foot hole in the centre of the rotunda.
Thanks to the extraordinary talents of Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City has become one of the most famous art galleries in the western world. But the Sistine Chapel is more than the sum of its artistic wonders: it is a symbolic statement of papal authority and the place in which papal elections in conclave are held to this day.
St Peter's Basilica
St Peters’s Basilica is a major basilica in Rome. It was until recently the largest church ever built and it remains one of the holiest sites in Christendom. St Peter’s Basilica stands on the traditional site where Peter – the apostle who is considered the first pope – was crucified and buried.
In Rome there are miles of catacombs holding thousands of dead. Many of these date from 4BC and the bones of early saints and popes are held in some of them. The most popular of these are San Callisto and San Sebastiano, both located on the old Appian Way.
The Great Synagogue
The attention-grabbing Art Deco design was a deliberate choice, the dome is the only squared dome in the city and makes the building easily identifiable even from a distance. In 1986, Pope John Paul II paid a visit to the Great Synagogue which is thought to be the first known visit by a pope to a synagogue since the early history of the Catholic Church.
Day Trip to Assisi
Approximately 90 miles north of Rome, in the rolling hills of Umbria, stands the exceptionally well preserved medieval town of Assisi. Known primarily as the birth-place of St. Francis (1182-1226 AD), the town has been a sacred place since long before the Fransiscan era. The Basilica of San Francesco, one of Italy's foremost monuments, was built between 1228 and 1253 AD.
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