Geography and Ancient History Trip to Sorrento

November 11, 2016, 3:39 pm

Twenty-Seven Geography and Ancient History students had an amazing three night stay in Sorrento this October. 

Our first visit was to the enormous town of Pompeii that was destroyed by a pyroclastic flow during the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. We could truly see what life was like for everyday Romans from the amphora still stored in the shops that were frozen in time to the elegant frescos in the houses of the rich and powerful. We had a steep trek up the side of Vesuvius to walk around the incredible crater of this volcano which was still smoking from its cavernous interior. We had amazing views across the Bay of Naples to Capri and the sparkling Mediterranean.

On the second day we visited the caldera of solfatara where we could see and smell the boiling sulphurous jets and bubbling mud pools created by the magma underneath our feet. In the afternoon we went to the smaller ruins of Herculaneum. Here you can see the vast, 20 metre layer of ash and mud that buried the town in an instant.  We ended by visiting the boathouses where many residents fled during the eruptions. You can see the casts of the skeletons huddled together hoping to survive.

We finished our trip with a morning in Sorrento for a last minute ice cream, pizza or both and some souvenir shopping.

Geography teacher Madaleine Taylor commented: “This was the first time we have run this trip and all the students agreed they had a fantastic time which enriched their studies. We hope to run it again for our current year 12 students.”

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