Sixth Form News & Events

Sicily 2016


This year’s classical study trip visited Sicily, once one of the most important places in the ancient world. An autonomous island now attached to Italy, Sicily offers some of the most well-preserved archaeological sites the world can offer and students were amazed at its diversity. The island has been invaded over the centuries and settled by groups as disparate as the Arabs, the Normans, the Romans, the Greeks and the Phoenicians to name but a few. This diversity can particularly be seen in Palermo, its noisy capital city, which, as the last stop on our tour, offered such a contrast to the much more European eastern half of the island.

We landed in Catania and our first stop was Mt Etna: nothing classical here but the experience at the summit – 70 mph winds and temperatures of -6 – was nothing we had experienced before and most of the students loved it.