Art & Design School Trip to Rome


The art of Rome ranges from Roman mosaics and Renaissance masterpieces by Michelangelo and Leonardo, to baroque statues by Bernini, modern still lifes by Morandi and impressive architecture too. 

During an art and design school trip to Rome, there is such a large selection of world famous art and culture that GCSE & A Level students will be spoilt for choice. Allow our WST experts to arrange your next school trip to Rome.


Tour Day 1

Daytime flight to Rome
Transfer to your accommodation for check in
Meal at traditional Italian restaurant followed by free time to explore

Tour Day 2

Visit to the Vatican City to include an audio guide of St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel
A guided tour of the Colosseum
Meal at Hard Rock Café followed by a stroll to the Spanish Steps

Tour Day 3

A visit to the famous Galeria Borghese
Visit the Spada Gallery to view some of the Masters of the 17th Century
Meal at a traditional Italian restaurant then free time around the Trevi Fountain

Tour Day 4

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home

Curricular Links

A WST tour to Rome will support the study of elements of the following exam board specifications.



2c(ii). Content of Art and Design: Fine Art (J171)

2c(vii). Content of Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies (J176)


2c(ii). Content of Art and Design: Fine Art (H601)

2c(vii). Content of Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies (H606)



3.5 Fine art

3.8 Three-dimensional design


3.4 Fine art

3.7 Three-dimensional design



Knowledge, understanding and skills in Fine Art

Knowledge, understanding and skills in Three-dimensional Design



Art and Design (Fine Art) (9FA0)

Art and Design (Three-dimensional Design) (9TD0)




Art and Design (Fine Art)

Art and Design (Three-dimensional Design)



Art and Design (Fine Art)

Art and Design (Three-dimensional Design)

Study Visits

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica

The Vatican Museums occupy part of the palaces built by the Pope and is home to one of the most extensive art collections in the world. The world’s most famous chapel, the Sistine Chapel is housed within the Vatican Museums, where you will see the infamous frescoes by Michaelangelo. St Peter’s Basilica is the burial site of St Peter. 

Galleria Borghese

For school art tours, Rome is home to one of the world’s great art collections. Containing the haul that Cardinal Scipione Borghese assembled in the early 17th century in his Roman garden villa, the collection also includes Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love, work by Caravaggios and Bernini’s sublime sculpture Apollo and Daphne.

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna

Full of neoclassic and romantic paintings, the museum also houses Italy’s largest collection of 19th- and 20th-century works. Several of Italy’s most renowned art masters have works on display here including Boccioni, Morandi and Fontana as well as other work including pop art, surrealism and expressionism, hailing Degas, Monet, van Gogh, and Ernst.

Capitoline Museum

Popes had been amassing this peerless collection of artworks for some 250 years before the museum was opened to the public.  Inside are works ancient and modern, including Rome's emblem, the bronze she-wolf suckling twins Remus and Romulus, Bernini's remarkable statue of Pope Urban VIII, and a picture gallery with paintings by Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Titian and others.

Galleria Spada in Palazzo Spada

The palazzo was purchased by Cardinal Spada in 4275. He commissioned the Baroque architect Francesco Borromini to modify it for him, and it was Borromini who created the masterpiece of forced perspective optical illusion in the arcaded courtyard. The gallery includes four galleries of 16th and 17th-century paintings by a host of artists including Guido Reni, Titian, Rubens and Caravaggio.

Fondazione MAXXI

A daring piece of contemporary architecture designed by Zaha Hadid who won an international design competition. The building is a composition of bending oblong tubes, overlapping, intersecting and piling over each other, resembling a piece of massive transport infrastructure.  The MAXXI consists of two museums: "MAXXI art" and "MAXXI architecture".

National Gallery of Ancient Art (Arte Antica)

Contains examples of fresco, as well as an art collection from the galleries of Rome’s great families, including works dating from the 12th to the 18th century, such as Filippo Lippi’s ‘Madonna and Child’.  Other masterpieces displayed are Raphael's Fornarina (said to be a portrait of the baker's daughter he loved and may have been engaged to at the time of his death in 1520), Holbein's pompous Henry VIII and Titian's Venus and Adonis.

Museum and Crypt of the Capuchins

This nineteenth-century palace in Neo-Renaissance style is a fantastic destination for Rome art tours. Close to the Termini Train Station, this museum houses one of the world's most important collections of Classical art.

National Roman Museum - Palazzo Massimo alle Term

Situated close to our accommodation in the Termini area, the four floors of the museum, sculptures, frescoes and mosaics, coins and jewels document the evolution of the Roman artistic culture.


Cultural Visits

The Colosseum

This is considered to be one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and is the largest amphitheatre built in the Roman Empire. 

The Pantheon

A magnificent ancient temple that was later converted to a church. Dating from AD125 it is the most superb architectural monument to have survived intact from Ancient Rome. Raphael is buried here.

Roman Forum

This was once the heart of Ancient Rome and the centre of public life. It is the site of public speeches, trials and commercial transactions.

Palatine Hill

According to Roman mythology this is where Rome was founded. Ideally located looking down on to the Roman Forum, this became the home of several Roman Emperors

Spanish Steps

The famous steps where locals and tourists alike congregate to people watch and soak up the atmosphere. The Spanish Steps are close to Via del Corso, one of the well-known high end shopping streets of Rome, so window shopping  in the many designer shops is a popular pastime.

Trevi Fountain

A must see for school art trips to Rome, this is one of the most famous fountains in the world. The Trevi Fountain is located close to the Pantheon so many people choose to visit both together.

Keats-Shelley Memorial House

Located on the Spanish Steps, this is the final home of John Keats. It contains an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and manuscripts which celebrate the lives of Keats, Shelley and Byron.  

Guided Tours Of Rome

We can arrange guided walking tours for half or full days around the city, which can be tailor made to your preferred visits. Popular themes include:

  • Ancient Rome
  • Modern Rome’s Squares
  • Vatican City
  • Rome By Night – Illuminated Tour

Time Elevator – 5D Experience

You will experience a simulated ride where you will travel through the rich history of Rome. Starting with its foundation, through the glorious days of the ancient Roman empire, the Renaissance with its masterpieces of architecture and art, the events of the 20th century, culminating in an aerial flight over the Rome of today. 

Free Time

Most people choose to spend their free time in Rome either visiting the shops or relaxing in one of the many squares where you can pick up a coffee or an ice-cream and soak up the culture of the city. Here are some of the most popular areas.


  • Via Del Corso
  • Via Frattina
  • Via Nazionale
  • Termini
  • Squares:
  • Piazza Navona
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Campo dei Fiore
  • Piazza di Spagna


Most hotels in Rome operate on a B&B basis only. We can arrange evening meals in restaurants in the city with options to suit all tastes. The most popular choices are Hard Rock Café, traditional Italian Trattoria or self service style buffet restaurants if you are in a hurry.  Ask us for more details.    

I just want to write and thank you for all you and your colleagues at WST did to make our Rome trip happen and be so successful. I have taken pupils to Paris, Barcelona and Madrid, to begin with I used another company until I lost all faith in them, I then organised everything myself which was fine but very time consuming. We will be taking another European trip next year at the same time and I will be coming back to you to organise it.
St Mary's Hall Stonyhurst, Rome

Louise's Expert Tip

Many groups choose to spend their evenings in one of Rome’s lively Piazza’s especially in the summer, when there are many street performers and activities going on.

Top tip from Louise, our Specialist Travel Consultant