Hail Caesar! Trip to Rome Brings Classical Learning to Life for A Level Students

2000 years of Roman history came to life for a lucky group of A Level students when they visited Rome this Easter break as part of a study trip.

Having read and learnt about Roman history and literature in their A Level Classical Civilisation class, the field trip was an opportunity for the students to more fully comprehend and understand their classroom learning, ahead of their upcoming exams this summer.

All the students on the trip are studying A Levels at the Attlee A Level Academy, based in Stepney, E1, and which was opened last September by New City College.

Joined by their teachers during the trip, the students enjoyed a four-day visit to one of the world's most historic cities and visited many of the famous historical sites.

Speaking about the visit, Liam Browne, Classics and English teacher at the Attlee A Level Academy said:

The students had a brilliant time and learnt a lot. They have really been able to connect with much of the classroom learning.

The trip included a packed itinerary of world-renowned historic sites and museums like the Roman Forum, Caesar's grave, where a student read out to the group Cicero's famous letter to Caesar and the infamous and iconic Colosseum, where gladiatorial contests took place and other large-scale events to display the power of Rome.

They also toured the outstanding Capitoline Museum home to much of the art treasures inspired by the city.

There was also time for the students to experience the vibrancy of the streets of Rome, classic Roman pizza and ice cream as well as enjoy further historic sites.

This included the iconic Trevi Fountain, the Vatican, Campo di Fiore and the Cappuchin monastery where the students enjoyed the site of seven chapels in the crypt, all decorated with the bones of hundreds of monks.

The trip finished with a tour of the city's Trastevere district home to restaurants and lively street entertainment and a group meal.

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