BERKSHIRE GLOBAL EDUCATION:
Every year, students from all over the world come to Berkshire Global Education (BGE), attracted by our academic reputation and the unparalleled student experience. At BGE, we believe that education is about your journey and experiences that will supplement personal development and academic achievement. That is why we incorporate these fundamentals into our learning, teaching and training delivery.
BERKSHIRE GLOBAL TOURS:
Berkshire Global Tours (BGT) is one of the subsidiaries of Berkshire Global Education Group which specialises in offering dedicated educational tours including sports tours, ski trips, football tours, rugby tours, sports festivals, tournaments, bespoke training camps, music and educational trips for schools, colleges, universities and club groups of all ages and abilities.
All of us here at BG Travel Team, work tirelessly to ensure that your trip is a carefree, successful and enjoyable experience from start to finish. That means attention to your travel plans, accommodation, specialist inclusions and leisure time as well as to health and safety, financial protection and travel insurance. With guidance in pre-tour preparation, risk assessment and planning as well as on tour assistance, you will be benefitting from a wealth of collective knowledge and experience.
With a large number of “Local Representatives” around the Globe, we welcome groups from overseas into the UK, USA, Canada, Turkey and Europe.
Rome is a wonderful destination for your school trip and has something to offer every student and subject. It could be a school trip focussing on history, art, geography, and of course a modern language trip.
Rome is one of the most ancient cities in Europe; ancient Rome has lived through 2,700 years. According to legend, Rome was founded in 753 BC by twin sons Romulus and Remus who were raised by a she-wolf. Since then it has been continuously inhabited, and, as headquarters first of the Roman empire and then of the Roman Catholic Church, it has had a gigantic impact on the world.
During its twelve-century history, the Roman civilization shifted from a monarchy to an oligarchic republic, to an immense empire. Julius Caesar ruled for a time as dictator, and his nephew Octavian became Rome's first emperor, assuming the title Augustus. During the reign of Augustus, Christ was born, and though Christians were persecuted until the 4th century, the new religion took hold and Rome became the main centre of Christianity.
The Capitol, the southern summit of the Capitoline Hill, was the symbolic centre of the Roman world and home to the city's three most important temples. Below the Capitol lies the Roman Forum, once the focus of political, social, legal and commercial life; it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world. Today, the Forum is open as a tourist destination along with the Palatine Hill and Colosseum. The excavations are open to the imperial street level, and guided tours are given in multiple languages. The Forum Museum (Antiquarium Forense) is found at the Colosseum end of a modern road, the Via dei Fori Imperiali. It has a significant collection of scuptural and architectural fragments. There are also reconstructions of the Forum and the nearby Imperial Fora as well as a short video in several languages. Overlooking the Forum is the Palantine Hill where Romulus is said to have founded Rome in the 8th Century BC, and where emperors lived for over 400 years.
The Colosseum is estimated to hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, having an average audience of some 65,000. It was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles:re-enactments of famous battles, animal hunts, mock sea battles and dramas as well as executions. After the mediaeval era it changed use, becoming housing, workshops, a fortress, a quarry and a Christian shrine.
Today it is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Still linked to the Catholic Church the Pope leads a torchlit procession on Good Friday starting in the area around the Colisseum.
Spend a day in one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Colosseum is considered the world’s most famous amphitheatre and was the scene of many gory and gruesome gladiator fights over two millennia ago.It could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, having an average audience of some 65,000.
As the centre of entertainment for the ancient Romans it has seen many epic contests and its walls could tell a thousand tales. Explore this ancient ruin and walk through the tunnels around this impressive site, learning of the ancient Roman Empire, its hierarchy system and the Rome they left in its legacy.
The Colosseum took 12 years to build. It is estimated that over 500,000 people were killed in Colosseum during the Roman reign.
St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. St. Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom".
Catholic tradition holds that the Basilica is the burial site of Saint Peter, one of Jesus' Apostles and also the first Pope. Saint Peter's tomb is supposedly directly below the high altar of the Basilica. For this reason, many Popes have been interred at St. Peter's since the Early Christian period, and there has been a church on this site since the time of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. Construction of the present basilica, which replaced Old St. Peter's Basilica from the 4th century CE, began on 18 April 1506 and was completed on 18 November 1626.
The Trevi Fountain is a fantastic work of art that is much more than a mere sculpture. This triumphant example of Baroque art with its soft, natural lines and fantasy creatures embodies movement as the soul of the world. The fountain is a true wonder, a jewel of water and stone that is nestled between the palaces of the historic centre of the city. You can already hear its presence from the nearby streets. Indeed, as you get nearer the sound of its gushing waters grows constantly more intense, reaching a crescendo in the square, where you will find the most breath-taking sight.
Suddenly, the space seems to open out and you stand before a symbolic representation of this great force of nature, a tumultuous spring that seems to flow out of the ground. The light and shade effects on the marble make the wind seem to bellow through the drapes and locks of the statues, agitating the waves, creating an extraordinarily intense and spectacular scene. In this Baroque creation, the architecture itself seems to come alive with the current of the revitalising waters.
The Roman Forum is a collection of ruins and historic buildings which used to be a bustling market place. Here you can explore the iconic pillars and churches nestled in the old cobbled streets. See the House of Augustus, home to Caesar Augustus during his reign – the grandnephew and heir to Julius Caesar. This contains a wide collection of frescoes and has been recently restored to give visitors an insight into Ancient Rome and its rulers. The Temple of Romulus is truly a sight to behold. A stunning feat of architecture, the rotunda is decorated with two large bronze doors (dating to 300AD) and the apse was designed with a Roman-Byzantine mosaic – you can still see the original marble paving at the new entrance. The arch of Emperor Severus Septimus was built in 203AD to commemorate his victories. Measuring 23m high and 25m wide, it’s one of the most preserved and intact monuments in the Roman Forum so it’s a great landmark to get a true sense of ancient Roman design and architecture through its intricate carvings.
The Vatican Museum is Rome’s most notable museum not only for its Papal history and significance, but also due to the breadth of art within its walls. With more than 9 miles of art and sculptures on display, not to mention tapestry and other artefacts, you can explore the ages from ancient Egypt to the 20th century.
The Sistine Chapel is a stunning chapel – and arguably the most famous element of the Vatican Museums. Originally constructed in the late 15th century, it was famous for its frescoes and elaborate decoration by some of the greatest artists including Michelangelo, who painted "The Last Judgement" on the ceiling during the 16th century; as well as Botticelli, whose murals run along the length of the walls.
Over 200 famous brands at 30%-70% less all year round. Pick up some fabulous fashion from your favourite top end designers at affordable prices. With plenty of places to eat and drink this makes for a wonderful day out!
We use a selection of typical 4 star hotels in the centre or on the outskirts of the city with easy access into the historic tourist centres. We never use any of the local Youth Hostels or budget hotel accommodation.
What They Say:
“As opposed to simply being sold a tour package, we felt the service BERKSHIRE GLOBAL TOURS offered went above and beyond our expectations”
Mohamad Ilysas, Tangier, Morocco
Our educational and cultural trips are available for numerous subjects including different Languages, History, Art & Design, Performing Arts and Cookery.
With easy access, comfortable accommodation, full time supervision and fantastic educational visits and sights, our cultural school holidays represent outstanding value for money.
There are no formal qualifications required for these courses. They are designed for aspiring young students. If you are ready to apply now, the quickest and easiest way to reserve your place is online.
At Berkshire Global Education, we believe in providing a high level of care and support for our students, to ensure your stay is positive and successful. We have a highly qualified and experienced team of staff and teachers to look after you. There is a minimum ratio of one adult Group Leader for 10 students. Group Leaders at all campuses are accommodated in the same building as the students.Click here
“Thank you to Berkshire Team!!!! The trip was wonderful!!!! All of my students really enjoyed their stay and were amazed by the historical places and breath-taking sceneries!! Taking my students to Rome was the best decision ever made and I must say it would be worth publicising to other schools.”
“Berkshire Global has given me the right confidence and taught me to never stop yearning for knowledge. I have become an independent individual and am equipped with the skills necessary to be positive and confident to face the social world ahead of me”