A group of sixth form students were given the opportunity to delve into the rich history and culture of Italy.

Around 30 students from Colfox and Beaminster Joint Sixth Form enjoyed a trip to Rome and Pompei where they were able to take in plenty of sights and learn more about the country.

Some of the sight-seeing stops included the Vatican, the Colosseum, and St Peter’s Basilica.

Stan Bowden, a year 13 student, said: “It was the best school trip I have ever been on. We had a brief agenda each day, so we could enjoy the trip at our own pace, but we also had the option of being guided. We also had time to explore Rome, visiting niche cafes and eating delicious and authentic Italian cuisine.

“The trip gave us the opportunity to explore the rich and vast culture of Italy’s past. We visited places of key cultural influence like the Vatican, Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica and Pompei. These places provided useful background knowledge and inspiration to complement our course subjects. The Vatican especially was my favourite as it contained stunning architecture, divine works of art and a complex ancient history behind each exhibit."

William Lowis, head of Sociology at the Sir John Colfox Academy led the trip.

He said: “We packed in a huge amount of history, art and culture, as well as lots of delicious Italian food. Our Sixth Form really enjoyed the trip and they were all brilliant as usual.”