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History of Art Trip to Rome

Rome was an absolutely incredible trip, we were only there for 3 nights and 4 days but we packed such a lot in there was never a dull moment! As soon as we had arrived and unpacked we headed out to see the famous Spanish Steps before walking to the Piazza del Popolo and viewing Caravaggio works in the Cerasi Chapel all prior to seeing the infamous Bernini sculpture ‘Ecstasy of St Theresa’. 

The next day was spent looking at the classical architecture of the Colosseum and Forum and the afternoon, walking around the Borghese Gallery where we were thrilled to view works such as ‘Daphne and Apollo’ which we are studying this year. On our third day we visited Vatican City to see the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Square and duomo and were amazed by the sheer scale of the architecture and the intricate decor. In the afternoon we embarked on what David liked to call his ‘baroque and roll walk’ where I think it’s safe to say we trekked to see pretty much every fountain, church and obelisk that we hadn’t already visited, finishing the tour off at the Pantheon where we sat inside looking up at the domed ceiling with the circular opening in the centre – it had just been raining so the floor was a bit slippery! 

On our final day we focussed on the architecture of Borromini and Bernini at the Barberini Palace and at multiple churches before finishing our time in Rome with some last minute shopping and lunch. The balance between our itinerary and free time was perfect. We all had such an amazing experience and seeing the works we’re studying ‘in the flesh’ really helped to bring the subject to life in such a fun way. On behalf of everyone who went, I’d like to say a big thank you to Sarah, Fredie and David for taking us all, we had the best time!

By Ellie Ayres