Classics School Trips to Bay of Naples, Italy
From the landing place of Aenaes in the north, to Pompeii in the south, the Bay of Naples has a wealth of visits linked to Greek and Roman ancient history. The nearby Roman city of Pompeii and the wealthy holiday resort of Herculaneum lie in ruins, whilst the three Doric Greek Temples of Paestum stand amongst the best preserved in the world. The Bay of Naples is one of interest, excitement and intrigue for any student of Classics and a visit here can certainly assist in understanding how architecture and street planning complemented other social aspects of Roman culture.
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Did you know?
The last known eruption of Mount Vesuvius happened during the Second World War. American airmen stationed at the Pompeii airfield were the last to see the last known eruption when at least 2 feet of volcanic ash and football-sized rocks blanketed the area. Army tents, military equipment and 88 aircrafts were also destroyed in the eruption.
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Naples Classics Recommended Visits
Looking out onto the Mediterranean Sea, the Bay of Naples is a historic region with a large number of visits to satisfy any student. Groups can come here and enjoy the local cuisine, explore nearby historical attractions and indulge in the pleasures of Capri. Here are a few of our recommended visits.
A visit to Pompeii will give students a superb insight into day-to-day Roman life before 79AD, particularly beneficial for those studying Classical Roman Civilization. This important archaeological site clearly shows the urban architecture and town planning created by the Romans in their religious, political, aesthetic, cultural and social context. Wandering through its cobbled streets, you will see examples of chariot ruts, original lead piping and ancient Roman graffiti. This will all be brought to life by an expert local guide who will take you on a journey though time. You will also be able to see the famous casts of the Pompeians tragically unable to escape the eruption.
Founded by the Greeks in circa 600BC and known as ‘Poseidonia’ in honour of the Greek sea god Poseidon, the town was later referred to as Paestum by the Romans. Today Paestum boasts three well preserved Doric Greek temples, ruins of ancient houses and a museum of Greek artefacts. The Temple of Hera, built by the Greeks around 550BC, is the oldest surviving temple in Paestum. Students can learn about Greek and Roman architecture, the transition from Greek to Roman domination and Roman politics during the second Punic wars. A real highlight is ‘The Diver’s Tomb’ which is one of only a few Greek wall paintings to have survived.
The residential town of Herculaneum with its many wealthy Roman villas is quite a contrast to its neighbour, the working settlement of Pompeii. Although lost during the same series of eruptions that destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum can be seen in much of its original grandeur as it was buried deep enough to keep the upper storeys of buildings intact. Much of the timber also survived but in a charred condition; pieces of furniture, ornaments, papyruses and wooden objects have been perfectly preserved and, by studying these, students can gain a real insight into city life in Roman Italy.
The Villa Oplontis, also known as the Villa Poppaea, was an elite villa used as a summer retreat rather than a permanent residence. Its style and scale suggest it was an important residence and it has been linked to Poppaea Sabina, the second wife of the Emperor Nero. A visit here reveals all the architectural features of a traditional Roman elite villa; baths, cubiculii, triclinii and frescoes, as well as indoor and outdoor gardens, a guest suite and an outdoor swimming pool. A visit here allows students an insight into the lives of slaves within Roman society.
Bay of Naples 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 itinerary created for one of our clients below.
Dates: 11th – 15th July
Passengers: 40 students and 4 teachers
Accommodation: Villa Igea
Board Basis: Half Board
Overview of visits: Solfatara, Capri, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum, MagicWorld, ColiseumView the full day-by-day itinerary
The group travelled on an early morning flight from London Gatwick to Naples Capodichino Airport. Eager for their adventures to get under way, the group were promptly met by their coach and travelled into Solfatara for a guided tour. Their arrival was timed perfectly for them to eat lunch at the café located here, prior to their tour beginning. The group then travelled on by coach to Villa Igea for check in, a chance to freshen up and dine at the hotel before spending the remainder of their evening at leisure.
The students rose early and ate breakfast before travelling by mini bus to Marina Piccola Harbour for their trip on hydrofoil over to the Isle of Capri. This was an exhilarating and new experience for most! Next they enjoyed a Laser Capri boat trip where they were able to discover the wonderful sea and coastline of Capri. They then continued to spend a full day at leisure on the Isle of Capri. The group took the hydrofoil back to the mainland and returned to their hotel where they spent the remainder of the afternoon in the hotel’s swimming pool before they had their evening meal.
After a later start to the day, the group ate breakfast and then departed for a guided tour of Pompeii. The group met up with their guide at the main entrance and they took them through day-to-day Roman life before 79AD. The group wandered through the cobbled streets and saw where chariots had made ruts in the road, saw ancient Roman graffiti and got an idea about Roman town planning. The group also saw the famous casts of the Pompeians who didn’t manage to escape from the famous eruption. For lunch, the group ate at a local restaurant before they departed for their afternoon visit to Mount Vesuvius. An Alpine Guide gave the group a brief introduction to the geography and history of the volcano at the summit amidst spectacular views over the landscape below. On returning to the hotel in the evening, the group ate their evening meal and had the remainder of the night to digest what they had done with their day.
Day four started with breakfast before the group departed for their first visit of the day; Herculaneum. The students saw perfectly preserved furniture, ornaments and wooden objects which gave a real insight into city life in Roman Italy. The group spent the afternoon at MagicWorld – an adventure park with fairground style rides and a waterpark. On returning to the hotel the group had their evening meal and remainder of the evening at leisure.
For their final day the group began by checking out of the hotel and making their way to Rome arriving at lunchtime. The students then had free time to get some lunch before making their way on foot to the Colosseum. It was then onto the airport for their flight home.
Bay of Naples Accommodation
We have a number of hotels across the Bay of Naples that are suitable for school groups. Here are 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, making it a great base for visiting nearby attractions such as the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Capri. 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.
Klein 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 hotel has 40 rooms each with a balcony or terrace, with either a sea view or a view overlooking the orange and lemon groves and grounds of the hotel. Each room comes equipped with air conditioning, TV, telephone and private bathroom facilities. The large restaurant offers good traditional Italian food, suitable for all.
“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”
Villa Igea, Sorrento
This charming 3 star, family run hotel can be found next to the church of the “Capo of Sorrento” and only a few steps away is the beach of the Queen Giovanna (Historical dwelling of the Queen). Each room of the hotel’s 65 rooms are modern and comfortable and have a TV, telephone and private bathroom facilities. Guests can benefit from the hotel’s 24 hour reception and outdoor swimming pool and terrace.
“The staff were superb - very accommodating and very supportive of having such a large group in the hotel.”
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 in front of its own private beach. Each room is bright and modern in design with a telephone, TV with Sky channels, air conditioning and private bathroom facilities.
“Beautiful location, right on the beach which is perfect for students. The hotel staff had the right expectations and were friendly.”
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