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Italy visit 2015

The week before the Easter holidays saw another very successful trip to Sorrento, Italy.

44 year 8 and 9 students left the cold, dark bus park for an adventure around the Bay of Naples.

We drove to Gatwick through the night to board our 7am Easy Jet flight to Naples.  Upon arrival in Naples, rather than our Italian coach taking us to the hotel, this time we were on tour immediately heading for the coastal town of Positano.  The Mediterranean picture postcard resort looked stunning in the warm sunshine and us not having had a chance to change yet, wished we were wearing something more summery!  We gathered on the beach for our first group photo and then had time to explore; many here had their first taste of gelato while others opted for the chill of a paddle in the Med!

The next day started bright and early with a morning visit to Herculaneum.  Buried beneath the mud flow from Vesuvius in 79AD the small coastal town of Herculaneum is a very atmospheric place to visit.  Gino our guide was in full swing and led us round to discover villas, baths, bones and cornershop takeaways.  We left the Roman ruins and made our way to the Phlegraean Fields and Vulcano Solfatara.  The dying volcano put on an impressive show of steaming vents, bubbling mud and hot air!  We pretty much had the crater to ourselves and never before up close access to the sulphurous stinking fumaroles, which were quite memorable this year!

Tuesday started wet and across the bay, Vesuvius was hidden by low, dark clouds. We packed our waterproofs for a busy day ahead starting with the much larger Roman site of Pompeii. We walked the streets calling in at many villas, as well as the arena and theatre before finishing in the forum. Many students were intrigued by the world famous plaster casts of victims of the 79AD eruption made from the voids left by bodies buried in the volcanic ash.  From Pompeii we met the coach and drove into Naples for a visit to the historic town centre.  The weather meant we had to dodge the raindrops (as well as cars and mopeds) but we found our way to Spaccanapoli, the old main street, 2km long, that splits the historic centre of the city.

The weather was closing in now and to our huge disappointment we were told that a visit to Vesuvius would be impossible. The now big black cloud was apparently precipitating snow and ice which would have made the narrow, steep, hairpin bends far too dangerous to negotiate.  Thankfully, however, we had a plan B and headed for the National Archaeological Museum and out of the rain.  The museum holds some of the finest examples of Roman artefacts recovered from Herculaneum and Pompeii; frescos, mosaics and a whole host of other interesting and impressive items. We saw many famous treasures and certain students were heard to say it was the best museum they had ever been to!

Wednesday was our excursion to the island of Capri. After an early breakfast and walk down through town to the Marina to catch our ferry, the quick trip across the Tyrrhenian Sea offered magnificent views of the Sorrentine Peninsula.  After arriving in Capri it was on to our next boat for an excursion around the island to take in the towering limestone cliffs and azure blue sea, which was certainly a favourite with the students.  Back on dry land we took the cliff railway to Capri Town and set off to explore the narrow, winding paths of Capri on foot.  Up and up…and up to Tiberius’s leap and our destination, the ruins of Emperor Tiberius’s once very grand Roman villa. The height and fine weather allowed fantastic views all around, including downwards; only not so pleasant when we considered the fate of Tiberius’s victims.   The afternoon ferry took us back to Sorrento and a last chance to get some (more) souvenirs.  We did notice that this year’s students were particularly keen shoppers and I hope everybody at home appreciates the thoughtfulness that went into the souvenirs you received!

Thank you to all the students who took part in this year’s trip. You were a pleasure to take and your behaviour was excellent. Thank you for being polite, cheerful and enthusiastic throughout; it is young people like you that make trips like this worthwhile.

May I also thank Mr Davey, Mrs Long, Miss Moreton and a humorous, relaxed and sometimes mischievous Mr Sandford for giving their time and enthusiasm that contributes so much to the success of the trip.

Grazie!

Helen Norton