Rome - The Eternal City

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Rome has continuously been one of the most important cities in the Western World. First as the capital of the Roman Empire, and continuing today as the center of the Catholic Church and an important influence for all of Christendom. Rome also embodies some of the greatest attributes of the Renaissance era, especially art and architecture. Come along with us as we explore the many highlights of this ever-changing city.

Video length: 30 minutes

Classroom Ideas 

Rome: The Eternal City

Food of Rome

Create a recipe for a dish seen in the video (uses fractions, measurements, + directions)


Greetings Around the Word

Explore different ways to greet people across various cultures (“Buongiorno” in Italy, bowing in Japan, saying “Hola” in Cuba, etc.).


Explore Vocabulary

Identify key vocabulary terms while previewing each video. Prompt students to find the meaning of each word as they watch the video. Example: What does the word Renaissancemean? Think about the meaning of this word as you watch this video about Rome.



Listen to music from Italy.


Creative Writing

Write a story with Rome as the setting. The main character could be from another country (compare and contrast characters). 


Create Quizzes

Students create a quiz based on the information presented for their peers. This can be used as a review for a test, or jigsaw class activity where students are responsible for teaching other students assigned topics.



Have students print out a map of Rome and identify where the sites in the video are located.


Natural Wonders vs. Landmarks

Explore the concepts of natural wonders vs. manmade structures. Research how various landmarks around Rome were created. 


Art History

Recreate famous pieces of art in Rome. 

Local Festivals

Have students research Italian festivals at the local, state, and national levels. 

Art and Social Studies

Draw a scene from the video you just watched.

Classroom Ideas for ALL Videos

Here are dozens and dozens of ideas that you can use in your classroom along with our videos!

Topics Covered In This Video

Fun Facts about Rome

Renaissance Rome

Michelangelo’s Piazza Campidoglio

Palatine Hill

Quirinal Hill

Trevi Fountain

Definitions of Renaissance & Baroque

Michelangelo, Raphael & Bernini

Famous churches & art

Vatican City & Swiss Guard

St. Peter’s Square

St. Peter’s Basilica

Vatican Museums

Borghese Gallery

Piazza Navona


Famous Piazzas


Jewish Quarter

Appian Way

Ostia Antica

Roman Cuisine & Lifestyle

Learning Resources with this Video

Quiz (PDF)

Online Quiz (coming soon)

Videos in this Series

Ancient Rome

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