Classicists tour Italy

By Rebecca Grubb, Block 3

The Classics visit to Italy, during the Easter holidays, started at 2.45am for 34 Block 2 and 3 students. Upon arrival in Rome we visited the Santa Maria Maggiore church, and then one of Rome‟s most iconic buildings – the Colosseum. From every angle it seemed to exude power. The tour that followed was a blur of amazing experiences: coin tossing at the majestic Trevi Fountain; glimpsing the Pope in Vatican City; the Villa Oplontis; the ascent to the reassuringly smoke-free Mount Vesuvius; the pungent smell of Solfatara; ancient Herculaneum; the villa of Tiberius and the spectacular Island of Capri. Despite being just a taste of the culture of modern Italy founded by the ancient world, this incredible trip was driven by the love and enthusiasm of Latin, Greek and the Classical civilizations.

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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