On the first evening of our Italy trip we had dinner in a restaurant then went for a fun evening walk around Rome, going to see the Trevi Fountain and getting a drink. We got up early on the second day to look around some of Rome’s churches, the Pantheon and the Vatican with our guide Richard, who told us all about the pre-Raphaelite art. At one point the rain got so strong we had to shelter in the Gallerie Nazionali di Arte Antica di Roma, which had some really nice art and it was so empty we could all lie on the floor and stare at an amazing fresco by Pietro da Cortona.
We were allowed to go off to get lunch and icecreams for an hour, and Dr Alexander kindly gave Eppie and me dry pairs of socks she’d just bought.
We then went to the Vatican and got into the Vatican after queuing for ages just as it started raining again. There was some fantastic art but some of us were really tired at the end of the day so just stayed at the hotel, while others went to a bar in Rome.
On the third day, we had to get up early again to walk to the Colosseum. The queue was so long we decided to go to the Palatine Hill instead and our new guide Francesca told us about the history of the Colosseum from outside. The Palatine Hill had the really interesting ruins of the emperor’s palaces and some great views of Rome and the Roman Forum. After walking around the Forum we all got lunch and then got on the coach to go to Sorrento - we were quite tired after the 5 hour journey but were delighted to see the hotel with its amazing views of the sea.
That night we tried to go into Sorrento but the coach company made a mistake so we wandered around the small town next to the hotel then went back and played the Hat Game until bed.
On the final day, we had another long coach ride to Pompeii which we walked around for a few hours until lunch. The buildings were very well-preserved and there were several beautiful mosaics. We were going to walk up Mount Vesuvius but found there was a blockade so just had pizza for lunch before going to the Naples Archaeological Museum, which had more interesting statues and frescoes. We ended the day by driving back to the hotel and then into Sorrento where we were set free to buy ice creams and limoncello. When we got back we packed to sadly leave Italy the next day.
On the final day we had a long drive back to the airport in Rome but first we stopped in Herculaneum, another well-preserved town like Pompeii which where we walked around alone, looking at some more beautiful frescoes and amazing villas. We quickly grabbed some paninis for lunch before getting back on the coach for the airport. It was a fascinating and really fun trip, but all of us were quite tired and grateful to be getting back. - Lily (Y12)
Head of Classics