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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.
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