School trips to Rome

When you ask somebody to list the world’s greatest cities it’s probably not long before Rome is mentioned. Incredibly rich in architecture, culture and history, the Italian capital really is a magnificent destination for school trips of all ages and sizes.

Few cities can boast such a range of world-famous landmarks in such a relatively small area – the Colosseum, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain, to name a few. There’s also the Vatican City, site of the iconic St. Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel.

That’s not to mention the incredible food! Rome is home to some of the best eateries in the world, a chance to try authentic Italian pizza, pasta and, of course, ice cream. If you’re looking to offer students a more varied insight into Italian life then Rome is also relatively close to other major cities such as Naples and Florence.

NST can help to design the perfect school trip for your class. Get in touch today for more free information and advice. 

Browse our curriculum-linked school trips to Rome 

Art & Design

Art & Design 

Showcasing Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassicist roots in its impressive architecture, Rome is a must-see art and design destination for pupils seeking inspiration from more traditional approaches to art and design.

Learn more about our art & design trips to Rome here

Classics & Ancient History

Classics & Ancient History

Only by visiting Rome on a classics school trip can you really understand both the splendour and decadence of the city in Roman times.

Learn more about our classics & ancient history trips to Rome here

Cultural 

Cultural 

Combining its classical heritage with the trappings of a modern city, Rome is a fascinating year round destination for a cultural school trip.

Learn more about our cultural trips to Rome here

History 

History

A visit to Rome allows students studying Italian Fascism to get a sense of how Mussolini aimed to make Fascism appear modern and powerful whilst simultaneously linking his regime to the ancient glories of the Roman Empire.

Learn more about our history trips to Rome here

Italian Language 

Italian Language

NST has been providing Italian language school trips to Rome for many years and can provide an itinerary that meets your cultural and Italian language requirements.

Learn more about our Italian language trips to Rome here

Music

Music

A music concert tour to Rome offers groups the opportunity to perform at unique world-class venues, whilst enjoying all the attractions of a city brimming with history and glamour.

Learn more about our music tours to Rome here

Religious Studies 

Religious Studies 

As the leading school travel company in Rome, NST will make sure your group uncover the delights of this ‘Eternal City’ during your religious school trip here.

Learn more about our religious studies trips to Rome here


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Colosseum

Colosseum

Amaze students with the monumental size and grandeur of the world’s largest surviving structure of Roman antiquity, the scene of the legendary and savage gladiatorial games.

This, the largest monument of Ancient Rome, seated more than 50,000 spectators in its day. Your students will see the location where fights between men and beasts, gladiatorial contests, races and simulated naval battles took place.

The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum

This site holds the remains of what once was the civic and political heart of the Roman Empire. The site was excavated in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill

The most central of the Seven Hills of Rome is one of the most ancient parts of the city. See the ruins of the Imperial Palaces and the Hut of Romulus, as well as a great view of the Circus Maximus. Explore the pleasant gardens or see vibrant frescos in the house of Augustus.

Galleria Borghese

Galleria Borghese

A superb collection combining painting and sculptures, ideal for a compact visit. Housed in just 20 rooms, which can be explored in as little as two hours, this collection contains many masterpieces of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and paintings by Raphael. 

Pantheon

Pantheon

Built as a temple to all the gods and rebuilt circa 126AD during Hadrian’s reign, it’s still in use today. A marvel of Roman engineering and, until the middle of the 20th century, the largest masonry dome built.

 

Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel)

 

Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel)

The most famous chapel in the world, decorated by the greatest artists of the Renaissance. The Sistine Chapel and the Stanze della Segnatura, decorated by Raphael, are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums. This chapel represents a collection quite unique in the history of painting.

St Peter’s Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica

This is the most prominent building inside the Vatican City, its dome being a dominant feature of the Roman skyline. Papal ceremonies take place here due to its size, proximity to the Papal residence, and location within the Vatican City walls.

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps

Situated in Piazza di Spagna, these 18th century, majestic steps built in Baroque style are today a regular meeting place for Italians.

 

Trevi Fountain 

Trevi Fountain 

Rome’s famous Baroque fountain is the largest in the city and the most beautiful in the world. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. The fountain is worldwide famous but many people do not know the history and the secrets hidden behind its construction.

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna

This gallery marks a dramatic change from the glories of the Renaissance and Ancient Rome to Modern Art. 75 rooms housing Neoclassical and Romantic paintings and sculptures, and the largest collection in Italy of 19th-20th century works by Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Giorgio De Chirico, Marcel Duchamp, and more.

On the ground support...

There’s a lot to contend with when travelling abroad, and many teachers find the service of NST’s Rome City Representatives invaluable. We can arrange for your representative to meet you on arrival, assist you with hotel check-in, advise on points of interest and public transport and provide your group with 24 hour emergency assistance. With NST, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ll never be on your own on your school tour.

Our representatives will also be happy to discuss your programme of visits, offer an insight into your destination and suggest popular evening activities too.

Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process.

 

  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist

Additional support, resources & information:

Tour planning service

Tour planning service

With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated, knowledgeable Tour Co-ordinator who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from working with many other groups too. They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you:

  • Pulling together an itinerary that runs smoothly
  • Planning the right balance of visits every day with realistic timings
  • Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals


You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.

FREE school trip promotion pack

FREE school trip promotion pack

We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your school trip around school and to parents. Our free school trip promotion pack consists of:

  • Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete
  • A3 posters to promote your trip around school
  • PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs
  • Parents’ leaflets covering how NST manage safety, financial protection and details of our travel insurance
  • Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a school trip


For selected destinations, we’ll provide a trip launch web page using video footage and imagery. This web page is provided by a weblink and can be shared with pupils and parents in many ways.

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any school tour.

Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next educational visit and provide you with risk assessments for your trip.

Planning first school trip

Planning first school trip

Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process.  If you're planning your first school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way.  Our helpful guide covers the following: 

  • Choosing your destination 
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head 
  • Promoting your tour in school 
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment) 
  • Quick reference timeline 
  • Pre-tour checklist 


View our essential guide to a successful school trip here

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online orgnaniser - designed to help busy teachers like you. 

With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too. 

What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go. 

Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video here

Free classroom resources

Free classroom resources

We've created a range of free resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom! 

Take a look at our downloadable posters here

Why choose NST...

Here's why thousands of teachers choose NST each year...

  • Unrivalled knowledge

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise of Rome to create a tailor-made, curriculum-linked itinerary to meet your group’s exact needs.

  • Making it easier for you

With our online school trip organiser, travel app, free classroom posters and trip launch resources to support your in-school promotion.

  • Free group leader inspection visits

We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning. 

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

  • Risk assessment guidance

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip.

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 

 

Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.  

 

Don’t forget – if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 

 

Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

The Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.