Rome: Politics & Culture

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Our school tour to Rome combines politics and culture, a city linked to all periods of history, from classical times, to the turmoil of WWII.


The Vatican

Visit the Vatican with Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, the official residence of the Pope, in the Vatican City. The Vatican’s fame rests on its architecture, which evokes Solomon’s Temple of the Old Testament, and its decoration, frescoed throughout by the greatest Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo, whose ceiling is legendary.

Baroque walk

A ‘fountain walk’ during which your school tour will see the Triton Fountain by Bernini, the famous Trevi Fountain, the awesome Pantheon and Piazza Navona, where three other beautiful 17th century fountains are located, including the Fountains of the Rivers.


The victim of the world’s most famous volcanic disaster, Pompeii is the most important archaeological site in Europe. On one tragic day in AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the town in six metres of pumice and ash. Now Pompeii offers schools the richest insight into the daily life of the Romans, elements of which are extraordinarily familiar – like the 89 food takeaways.

Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano, or composite volcano, east of Naples, Italy. It is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last 100 years, although it is not currently erupting.

Mount Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius

Fascism and Mussolini

If your school students are studying Fascism and Mussolini, the areas of Rome connected with this era are EUR and the Foro Italico. EUR, a residential and business district on the southern edge of Rome, is a monument to the ambitions of Mussolini and his Fascist party. The new suburb was started by Mussolini in 1939 in order to host the Esposizione Universale di Roma in 1942, but the war intervened. The square coliseum is a dramatic building and, along the Via Cristoforo Colombo, is a classical inspired area lined with square colonnades. The Museo della Civilta Romana uses replicas and models to create a history of Rome. The Foro Italico is a great sports centre and was originally named the Foro Mussolini; construction began in the late 1920s and building carried on until 1960, the year the Olympic Games were held in Rome.

Suggested Itineraries

All tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Some groups have specific sites that they wish to visit including graves, where they may wish to lay a wreath. Others like to combine a history tour with some leisure time, such as a day visit to Bruges, a visit to Bellewaerde Theme Park outside Ypres or add on a visit to Disneyland® Paris.

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All our tours include:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your school or chosen pick-up point
  • Executive class coach travel (subject to availability)
  • Return travel on Eurotunnel (or P&O Ferries, if you prefer)
  • Entrance to all museums throughout the tour
  • Full board accommodation for tours lasting two days or more
  • Exclusive Teachers’ Information Booklet and Pupil Worksheets
  • Personal Battlefields Tours Executive to assist with tour planning
Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500