Italy Trip 2017
On Monday, 10th April, 19 pupils and 3 staff gathered at Gatwick in excited anticipation of our visit to the Bay of Napoli. The flight left early and the views of the Alps from the plane impressed everyone. On landing, we boarded the coach and drove along the picturesque coast towards our hotel in the resort of Sorrento.
After a filling breakfast, we made our way to our first activity – Mozzarella and Pizza making! We were shown the difficult task of heating and moulding the cheese and, to our surprise, the farm laid on a lunch for us, using the cheese ad pizza we had made.Then we went to the ruined city of Pompeii, once covered in lava from the eruption of Vesuvius. A huge gladiatorial arena greeted us at the entrance, and the massive site included shops, surgeries, inns, bathing pools and bodies mummified from the eruption
Wednesday took us to the city of Napoli. Our first visit was to the underground city, where the Neapolitans took refuge during the Second World War. We had to squeeze through some really narrow tunnels using only candlelight, and saw how the bombs could penetrate even the deepest caves. After this, it was shopping time in the centre of Napoli. The second visit of the day took us to the volcano of Vesuvius – Europe’s tallest active mainland volcano. The journey up the hill was scary, as the road got windier and thinner, until we reached the pathway towards the volcano. It took us 20 minutes to reach the crater which had steam pouring out of it, although thankfully it didn’t erupt! There was time for a quick photo opportunity, before heading down the path (which seemed to be quicker coming down) and back on the coach to return to the hotel for dinner.
Thursday was a really early start as we walked to Sorrento harbour to board the ferry to the island of Capri. On arrival, we boarded another boat, which took us on a hair raising tour of the island, going through caves and arches, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. We saw the mansions of Silvio Berlusconi and Roberto Baggio, and the mountain goats that clung precariously to the cliff edge. We then transferred into rowing boats for the journey into the cave of the Blue Grotto. On return, we had time to go shopping in the designer shops – Prada, Gucci, Swarovski, to name but a few.