All posts by George SYMONDS (Student Year 10)

Stanmore Year 10 Fletcher Student

Roaming around Rome

Before I talk about the places we visited at in our first day of Rome I would like to do a quick recap about our final morning in Florence.With the end nearing we were all looking forward to arrive at Rome and discover the history that lies beneath it yet at the same time saddened to leave one of the most stunning cities in Italy, Florence. A 7am breakfast was shortly followed by a 5 hour bus trip from Florence to Rome. Just before we departed from the famous “Eschbacher” the only man fit to drive it the one and only Hans Peter, gave us emotional and thankful speech for the experiences we shared with him along with telling us we were the best tour group he has had in 10 years. I’m sure the countless games of mafia,trivia, raves and top quality banter that followed it are something that the boys won’t forget and will remember in a positive light.
But enough of that it was finally time for us to explore the beautiful city of Rome. With a big list of places to visit we decided to kick our day off with the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore a beautiful church with a ceiling and altar engulfed in luxurious amounts of gold and silenced with serenity. On our way to the Pantheon we stopped to observe the Altare della Patria also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio. It is a monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome, Italy. We then arrived at the Pantheon and analysed the architecture specifically the dome structure inside and ancient front ,discussed with our fellow peers who were the statutes inside of the pantheon along with sitting down and relaxing for a few minutes. We were then given an hour of free time to explore the Piazza Navona along with being stunned by its main attraction the “Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi” which was designed in 1651 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini for Pope Innocent X whose family palace, the Palazzo Pamphili, faced onto the piazza as did the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone of which Innocent was the sponsor. All of these famous historical sites landed the boys wondering about the history, architecture and purpose behind the buildings. Along with having strong historical meaning these buildings like many others are also beautiful pieces of art. imageOur day was coming to an end and 3 groups gave their presentations. I spoke about Mussolini’s March on Rome and then shortly after we headed to dinner. To end the night a group of boys then headed to see the Spanish steps after dinner. A big day today and an even bigger final one to follow. This tour has gone so fast and has truly been a life changing experience, to travel overseas for the first time with all of my close mates along with Mr Fisher, Mr Kenny and Miss Christian has been awesome to say the least. I’m saddened that this tour is coming to an end however I can’t wait to get back into routine, see my family and prepare for yearly exams but until then, ciao!