Over half-term, 30 pupils from Middles, Fifths and Sixth Form embarked on a Theology & Philosophy and Classics trip to Florence and Rome.
Enveloped by history, culture, religion and art, pupils were able to immerse themselves in the surroundings of the two majestic cities.
Beginning in Florence, the itinerary included climbing 412 steps to the top of Giotto’s Bell Tower to take in the beauty of the city, followed by a visit to the Accademia Gallery to see David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, created in marble between 1501 and 1504 by the Italian artist Michelangelo.
Another highlight was the Medici Chapels at the Basilica of San Lorenzo. A breathtaking tomb of a powerful dynasty, the chapels also lay claim to holding some of Christianity’s most important relics.
For the second half of the trip in Rome, pupils enjoyed Dr Koon’s unrivalled knowledge and enthusiasm for the city’s history as they visited the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Saint Peter’s Basilica, the centre of Catholicism. A tour around the Vatican concluded a jam-packed trip with pupils averaging 30,000 steps a day.
Throughout the trip, the pupils enjoyed great food, including a 3-course meal whilst being serenaded by Italian singers in a converted bath house below the Colosseum. All pupils had a fantastic time, and a big thank you to Mr Wade, Dr Koon and Ms Jeffrey for leading the trip.