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

Learning Resources with this Video*

Quizzes – PDF & Online

Artistic Approaches

Destination Rome

Vocabulary Exploration Worksheet

Rome – The Eternal City – Creative Writing Essay

Draw a Scene

Universal Resources

National Standards

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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 Renaissance  mean? 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

Videos in this Series

Ancient Rome

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