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The 6th form Rome trip began in Ostia, Rome’s prosperous ancient port, a site as large and as fascinating as Pompeii. Armed with map and guide we explored baths, markets, houses, shops and uncovered mosaics and ancient graffiti. 

The next day we walked to the Pantheon and marvelled at the beautiful interior of the dome with its oculus opening to the sky. The weather was perfect: warm and sunny and just right for a gelato.

On the succeeding days we visited the Vatican museums, St Peter’s basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the forum and Colosseum, the Villa Borghese, the Maxxi art gallery, churches, the Palazzo Massimo, the baths of Diocletian and the Keats Shelley Museum.

We walked for miles, caught buses, trams and metro, enjoyed architecture, sculpture, art, fountains, obelisks, street artists, sketched, ate delicious pizzas and pasta and basked in the sunshine.

Mrs Elizabeth Fairhead, Classics Department