Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Classics Trip to Italy

Classics Trip to Italy

 

Over Easter, 46 students joined the Classics Department on our biannual trip to Italy.  After some initial wet weather on arrival, we spent a sunny next day in Rome, exploring the Pantheon with its incredible domed ceiling, marvelling at the size of the Colosseum and walking in the footsteps of Romans from long ago in the Forum.  We moved South the following day, making a visit to the excavations at Herculaneum and climbing Vesuvius amid some flurries of snow for some impressive views of the Bay of Naples.  A boat trip across to Capri was next, and we made our way to the top of this island so that we could see the villa where Tiberius, the second emperor of Rome spent the latter half of his reign in retirement.  Our final day took us to the villa, believed to have been owned by Poppaea, one of the Emperor Nero’s wives:  its expansive remains and beautiful frescoes were well worth it.  Our ultimate destination however, was of course Pompeii.  It really is a vast set of remains and the bodies make for moving viewing indeed, but for the RGS student the highlight has to be finding the house of our dear friend Caecilius from the Year 7 Latin course!  A great trip overall, and as a Department our thanks go to the students who made it such a wonderful time!