Business Studies School Trips to Sorrento, Italy
The Sorrentine peninsula, a land of orange and lemon groves and the birthplace of Limoncello liqueur, is an ideal base for exploring the traditional Italian region of Campania – the home and origin of the pizza! Despite its historic agricultural roots, the region’s most important industry is its ever increasing popularity as a tourist destination, the effects of which can be extremely detrimental to its operating environment if not governed correctly.
There can be few places which have such an interesting diversity of industries in an area of such outstanding natural beauty, ensuring that a tour to this spectacular Italian region will be a memorable experience for your students.
Did You Know?
In northern Italy, last names tend to end in “i”, while those from the south often end in “o.” The most common Italian surname is Russo.
Our quick, online quote form allows our specialists to provide you with a bespoke quotation for a trip tailor-made to your group’s individual requirements.
Sorrento Fact File
Most UK airports
Naples Capodichino Airport
1 euro = 100 cents
Greenwich Mean Time + 1
60.72 million in Italy
GDP per capita:
$33, 049 in Italy
Business HQs located here:
Europe Luxury Car Hire, ITALY: Fiat, Salvatore Ferragamo Italia S.p.A., Gucci, Lamborghini
Machinery, Metals and metal products, Clothing and footwear, canned tomatoes, pasta and flowers.
Climate: (click to enlarge)
Sorrento Business Studies Recommended Visits
Visit a local Italian business, compare it to a global organisation, study the impact of tourism on the local economy and learn more about agriculture as a business – it’s all possible in the Sorrentine Peninsula. Here are just a few of our favourite business studies visits.
Agriturismo Fondo Galatea
Fondo Galatea is a typical Southern Italian family-run working farm that extends over 14,000 square metres over the Gulf of Naples. The farm produces some of the finest food in the region including meat, cheese, jam and olive oil. A guide will introduce your students to the farming methods adopted and will help them to learn more about farm diversification and working-farm systems. At the end of the tour there is a demonstration of local cheese production. This is a great opportunity to see local workers living off the land and producing wine, olives, tomatoes, oranges, lemons, grapes and local cheeses. There is then chance for your group to taste some of the local produce, such as cheese, olives, salami and bruschetta.
Naples Archaeological Museum and Underground Tour
A guided tour of Naples Archaeological Museum will allow many artefacts of both Herculaneum and Pompeii to be viewed, including jewellery, frescoes, mosaics, glassware, silverware etc. As a follow up visit to Pompeii and/or Herculaneum, this visit adds depth of understanding and appreciation of the impact of the volcanic events of AD79.
The underground tour allows you to step forty metres below the historic centre of Naples where you will find a world of mysterious cavities, tunnels and secret passages. Below ground you will explore the heart of the city that, in parts, is over 2400 years old.
Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii
No visit to this area would be complete without a guided visit to Mount Vesuvius and the excavations of Pompeii.
Your visit will include a drive up Vesuvius, passing the 1944 eruption lava flows, followed by a short, uphill trek which takes you to the crater rim. As well as viewing the crater, take a moment to pause and soak up the magnificent views across to the Bay of Naples and Sorrento Bay, the islands of Ischia and Capri. A trip to Vesuvius is often the main reason for a visit to the area and definitely shouldn’t be missed!
The devastated town of Pompeii is best seen with a guide who will explain how it has been so well-preserved and what can be deduced from what can be seen today.
One of the most interesting topics to consider is the impact of the growing tourist industry on this natural geographical wonder. There is also the opportunity to gain further evidence for case studies by conducting questionnaires at the two sites, along with a question and answer session with your business studies guide.
Visit a local business
The area in and around Sorrento is home to a large number of small, traditional business found only in Sorrento. Visits to anyone of these local farms or factories can provide students with a stark contrast to the big international brands also found in the region. Visits to a cheese farm, winery, woodwork or limoncello factory can be combined with La Pasta di Gragnano Factory to give students an insight into the differences between large multinationals and a cottage industry business.
La Pasta di Gragnano Factory
The small town of Gragnano has been renowned for the quality of its pasta and wheat since Roman times. A visit to this leading international pasta factory will give students an insight into the different stages of the traditional pasta production process.
Whilst the city of Herculaneum is similarly overwhelmed as nearby Pompeii, a visit to the city offers quite a different experience indeed. Once home to the very wealthy, upper crust Romans who lived in luxurious, grand villas, a guided tour around the excavated settlement helps students appreciate the lifestyle of the upper classes, their homes and the lavish decorations. Whilst the city was gradually buried from the bottom up by the flows of boiling mud, the lack of falling ash meant that little damage was caused and the preservation of the buildings provides a stark contrast to the town of Pompeii.
The guide will introduce you to a wealth of information about the city as it was before the eruption and how restoration is taking place on an on-going basis.
Bougainvillea Gelateria – Ice cream making and demonstration
Don your chef’s hat and apron for an unforgettable ice cream making session. The informative and humorous demonstrator will ensure that your group have a great time learning how to make one of Italy’s finest gelatos – and rest assured that there will be plenty of tasting opportunities along the way!
Sorrento Sample Itineraries
Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itineraries created for two of our clients below.
Overview of visits: Pompeii, Pasta factory, Vannullo buffalo mozzarella farm, Paestum, inlaid woodwork factory, Amalfi Coast, Isle of Capri, local working farm
After arriving at the hotel the group spent the rest of the day at leisure.View the full day-by-day itinerary
After a morning visit to Pompeii, the group took a tour around ‘La Pasta’ factory in Gragnano.
In the morning the group visited the Vannullo buffalo mozzarella farm, before visiting the archaeological site of Paestum in the afternoon. In the evening the group went to an inlaid woodwork factory in Sorrento.
The day was filled with a visit to the Amalfi Coast to study Travel & Tourism in more depth. Their evening excursion was a visit to a family run winery in Sorrento.
Day 5 (Additional day optional):
A full day visit to the Isle of Capri included a visit to a local family run Limoncello factory.
After a morning visit to a local working farm including Pizza making and lunch, the group departed for the UK
We have a number of hotels and hostels in and around Sorrento which are perfectly suited to school groups. Here are just a few of our favourites:
Hotel Del Mare, Sorrento
This 3 star family run hotel located in Sorrento’s most picturesque corner, Marina Grande, is just a short walk to the centre of Sorrento and just metres from the beach and makes a great base for visiting nearby attractions such as the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Capri.
“A lovely hotel with amenable, approachable staff who provide a good experience for students”
Furnished in a Mediterranean style, the hotel has 31 rooms of either single, double, triple or 4-bedded rooms each equipped with private bathroom facilities, hairdryer, telephone, TV, air conditioning.
Klien Wein, Piano di Sorrento
Situated in the town of Piano di Sorrento, the Klein Wein Hotel is a modern 3 star hotel located along the coastline, overlooking the bay of Naples and Sorrento and is just a 5 minute walk to the beach.
“The staff could not have been more helpful and this was greatly appreciated. They are a great venue for trips, the views were excellent and it was conveniently situated”
The hotel has 40 rooms each with balcony or terrace, with either a sea view or a view overlooking the orange and lemon gardens and grounds of the hotel. Each room comes equipped with air conditioning, TV, telephone and private bathroom facilities. The restaurant offers good traditional Italian food, suitable for all.
Villa Igea, Sorrento
This charming 3 star, family run hotel can be found next to the church of the “Capo of Sorrento” and a short walk away is the beach of the Regina Giovanna – set among the ruins of the Roman Villa Pollio Felix.
“The staff were superb - very accommodating and very supportive of having such a large group in the hotel.”
Each room of the hotels’ 65 rooms are modern and comfortable and have a TV, telephone and private bathroom facilities. Guests can benefit from the hotels’ 24 hour reception and terrace.
Giosue a Mare, Meta di Sorrento
This modern 3 star hotel has recently been renovated and sits in an amazing location right on the coast with its own private beach.
“Beautiful location, right on the beach which is perfect for students. The hotel staff had the right expectations and were friendly.”
Each room is bright and modern in design with a telephone, TV with Sky channels, air conditioning and private bathroom facilities.
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