Classics Students Visit Sicily
Thursday, 03 May 2012
The Easter holidays were filled with culture for a group of lucky students at Bolton School Girls' Division on a trip to Sicily!
The trip gave the girls from years 8 to 13, many of them Classics students, the chance to put into context the things they learn about in the classroom.
Highlights included visits to Mount Etna, the Roman Villa at Piazza Armerina (containing the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world), the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the picturesque town of Taormina and the coastal resort of Letojanni. The girls visited the historic 2,700 year old city of Syracuse which was founded by Ancient Greek Corinthians. It is notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, architecture, and as the birthplace of the preeminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes, and was once described by Cicero as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all". They stopped off at the three stone quarries of Syracuse situated to the north of the city, where stone cutting is believed to have begun in the sixth century BCE.
The girls also visited the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery outside of Syracuse and laid wreaths for men from Bolton who died during the Sicily Campaign in World War 2. Accompanying teacher Mr Hone was able to tell their stories to the girls, after researching them at local libraries.