Classics Trip to Sicily

The Classics Department with students in Years 9-11 headed off to Sicily at the start of the Easter holidays. We successfully negotiated COVID restrictions and busy airports to arrive in Catania and enjoy our first taste of Sicilian food at the Hotel Pomara. The next day we had our first archaeological visit, enjoying the spectacular temples in Agrigento. The photo below shows us at the Temple of Concordia, one of the best-preserved Greek temples in Europe. Traditionally, couples visit this temple on their wedding day to ask for a harmonious marriage! The afternoon was spent enjoying the amazing mosaics at the Villa Romana Del Casale at Piazza Armerina; the bikini girls and great hunt mosaics are always favourites and we had what is usually a busy site to ourselves! Day 3 of our trip was spent in Taormina, in what Lawrence Durrell terms ‘the most beautiful theatre in the world,’ with a view over the sea and to ‘mamma’ Etna. We enjoyed some gelato, pasta and pizza in the town before heading to Catania to see the famous lava rock elephant statue. The final sightseeing day saw us head to Siracusa to look at the skeletons of dwarf elephants, which may have inspired the Cyclops myth, and the exquisite statue of Venus. We enjoyed a boat trip around Siracusa harbour before heading into the town to look at the cathedral and enjoy a bit of souvenir shopping. The final night was quiz night with rounds based on Sicily ancient and modern, teacher biographies, Italian which we had picked up from our superb guide, Mario, and a picture round of celebrities disguised as the emperor Hadrian. The trip was a great success and the students were wonderful company. We look forward to next year’s trip to Rome!