Naples Tour

Posted at 2:22 pm on 13th November, 2018

Year 10 and 11 GCSE students were able to extend their classroom studies with an enrichment trip to immerse themselves in the geographical, historical and cultural aspects of Naples and the surrounding area.

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The tour organised through WST Travel, a North West specialist schools travel company, was a jam packed five day extravaganza, commencing with a flight to Naples. The group then enjoyed guided tours to; Herculaneum, Pompeii, Vesuvius and Capri.   

Home to one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, the Bay of Naples is famed for both its outstanding natural beauty and epic history. Situated on the south-western coast of Italy, the bay is flanked by the beautiful cities of Naples and Sorrento.

The students and staff were able to experience history “up close and personal” particularly in Herculaneum and Pompeii where they saw fantastically preserved buildings, household object and skeletons. Herculaneum was a wealthier city than Pompeii and boasted a high number of lavish buildings for visitors to admire.

Mount Vesuvius was the next port of call which provided our students with an incredible opportunity for learning more about the formation and eruptions of this spectacular volcano. Famed for its catastrophic eruption in 79 AD which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum, the notoriously volatile volcano has created some key moments in history.

Latterly the group experienced an alternative form of transport during a boat trip across the Bay of Naples to Capri. During the tour the group were able to see Capris’ coastline and rock formations, followed by an accompanied local guided tour.

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Additional they were able to savour some of the areas renowned Mediterranean cuisine, Naples is a contender for producing some of the best food in Italy. Neapolitan dishes famously feature fresh seafood, sweet tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella, with plenty of great pasta and pizza dishes.

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Ms Perkin, Geography teacher said: ‘The girls were brilliant during the entire trip – they were really well behaved and lots of people commented on how they were a credit to the school. They gained a lot of knowledge that they can use in their examinations but also enjoyed themselves, particularly during the day in Capri.’

Many students commented about how they really enjoyed the trip, especially the food. One year 11 said: ‘The day in Capri and finding out about the volcanic eruptions, in Herculaneum and Pompeii, which killed thousands of people, were my highlights. It was really interesting to see how preserved the buildings were depending on the material that was erupted and seeing skeletons in their final positions.’