A group of 73 students and 9 staff from Carmel College in Darlington visited Rome for their annual pilgrimage over the Easter holidays.

The trip was a truly wonderful experience with a range of archaeological, spiritual, historical and religious places of interest included on the five-day itinerary.

The pupils thoroughly immersed themselves in the whole visit and experiences treasured by the group included exploring the Coliseum and Forum, the climb to the top of St Peter’s Basilica, the stunning views from Castel San Angelo, the amazing architecture of the Pantheon, an exploration of ancient Villa Adriana and a stroll around the beautiful gardens and fountains of Tivoli.

A very special and important part of our visit was the Papal audience which was wonderful. The enthusiasm of our students to cheer for Pope Francis meant they made it onto the Vatican live feed!

It was a genuine privilege and a pleasure to accompany our students on their journey through Rome, and as one student said “This has been a trip of a lifetime and I will never forget it. It was a brilliant opportunity to learn and made better by the fact we could share it with our friends.” The students were quite simply outstanding and a joy to spend the week with!