Groton School’s Global Education Opportunity (GEO) to Italy—led by Latin teachers—brings students face to face with some of the most famous, beloved, and captivating attractions of the ancient Roman world. Students will experience many, if not all, of the following: Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, Capri, Cumae, the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Capitoline Museum and Campidoglio, the Campus Martius (Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Theater of Pompey, Largo Argentina), San Clemente, the Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalla, the Appian Way, Horace’s Villa, Villa Borghese, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Populo, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Vatican Museum.
This GEO aims to transcend the ordinary Roman sightseeing routine by integrating a focused yet light curriculum of relevant history and literature, enriching and contextualizing each experience. Each site visit will include an informative lecture and discussion session, coupled with readings tailored specifically to each. Students also will have time to discover the beauty and vibrancy of notable Roman neighborhoods before gathering each evening for delicious family-style dinners.
Although the focus is on the ancient Roman world, our lectures, conversations, and perambulations afford the opportunity to survey the legacy of this marvelous culture. Moreover, we will not fail to appreciate the innumerable charms and fascinations of modern Rome, the VRBS AETERNA (Eternal City). Students should be prepared for lots of walking. The trip is open to all Groton students, whether or not they are currently studying Latin.