Geography Trips for Schools to the Bay of Naples, Italy
The Italian Sorrentine Peninsula is one of the most stunning areas of Europe, displaying dramatic coastlines, deep valleys, vast lemon groves and impressive mountains showcasing magnificent views across the Bay of Naples.
One of the most well-known landmarks of this area is the mighty Mount Vesuvius, which destroyed the nearby Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum during its eruption in 79AD. But don’t think that the opportunities for geography students end there!
From the Bay of Naples, there are an array of opportunities to further students’ understanding of plate tectonics, natural hazards and the physical environment, as well as having easy access to the breath-taking Amalfi Coast and the beautiful Isle of Capri. Both are great opportunities to study coastal environments, rural environments and tourism.
“Our GCSE Geographers were able to witness firsthand the processes, landforms and theories they have studied in the classroom - invaluable in not only consolidating but enhancing their geographical knowledge.”
“Excellent 5 days covering everything we intended to, with great value for money as activities chosen were perfect for our budget.”
“Excellent tour with a great company.”
“A superbly organised and awe inspiring trip which the students will have long lasting memories of.”
“An amazing experience for all the students, from ascending Mount Vesuvius, to meeting the locals at the farm, to ice cream making in Sorrento. A truly memorable trip!”
Why The Bay of Naples?
100% of those geography teachers who chose a school trip to the Bay of Naples said they would recommend it to a fellow geographer, rating their overall touring experience as 4.5 out of 5. Clare Breen of Beverley High School described their Geography Trip to the Bay of Naples as, “an action packed informative, educational and enjoyable trip which appealed to all of the party.” She went on to comment, “many commented it was the best school trip they had ever been on.”
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Bay of Naples Fact File
All ages and stages of secondary education
Naples Capodichino Airport
Flight duration from UK:
2 hours 30 minutes
Best time to visit:
Between March and October
Coastal Systems & Landscapes
Ecosystems & Biodiversity
Globalisation & Global Systems
Rocks, Weathering & Soil
Weather & Climate
Bay of Naples Geography Recommended Visits
The Bay of Naples’ diverse geographical landscapes make it the ideal destination to enhance your students’ understanding of a range of topics on the geography syllabus. Here you can discover just some of the geographical excursions we can build into your bespoke school trip itinerary.
Dominating the Sorrentine Peninsula is the mighty Mount Vesuvius, rising to a height of 1,281m above the Gulf of Naples. The story of the 79 AD eruption is well known, but to actually experience this volcanic area first-hand and visit its present day crater rim will allow students to fully appreciate the gigantic scale of this volcanic complex. A visit to impressive Mount Vesuvius is an essential part of any group’s itinerary and ultimately the number one reason for visiting this spectacular region.
Knowledgeable alpine guides around the site are on-hand to answer any questions and give an informative talk to include geographically focused information.
On driving up Vesuvius, you’ll pass the 1944 eruption lava flows. Then a short, uphill trek takes you to the crater rim. As well as viewing the crater and the variety of volcanic rocks and volcanic forms, such as sulphur-emitting fumaroles, solidified lava, pumice and tuffs, take a moment to pause and soak up the magnificent views across to the Bay of Naples, Sorrento Bay and the islands of Ischia and Capri.
The impact of the 79 AD eruption upon human activity is clearly seen in Pompeii. The people of Pompeii were showered with ash, stones and pumice. Here, an expertly guided half-day tour will provide your group with knowledge and understanding of Roman life in this settlement.
Your guided tour will take you to the Forum, the Basilica and the Amphitheatres, as well as to see some plaster casts of the victims; all in the shadow of the mighty Mount Vesuvius. These settlements were so quickly overwhelmed by mudflows, ash and dust that their buildings, artefacts and people have been preserved for almost 2,000 years until excavations began. To walk through the streets, houses, bath houses, shops and the Forum gives a powerful idea of what life was like in Roman times. There is also plenty to see in the way of frescoes and mosaic art.
A visit to the city Herculaneum offers a much more personal experience to Pompeii. Once home to the very wealthy Romans who lived in luxurious, grand villas, a guided tour around the excavated settlement will help 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.
As well as visiting the dormant volcanic areas around Vesuvius, a trip to Solfatara, just west of Naples, illustrates some smaller scale volcanic activity. After all, it’s not every day you get to visit a supervolcano, stand in the caldera and contemplate how powerful its eruption will be. And being so close to the Eurasian/African plate boundary, you may feel some seismic shakes here!
If flight times allow, this makes an excellent introduction to the tour and an expert guide will be able to give you a great overview of Solfatara and the Sorrento region from a geographical point of view. The guided tours are very interactive with the guide encouraging students to get involved and take part in demonstrations – a great way to retain what is learnt here!
Its steaming ground, large mud puddle and host of fumaroles, teamed with their distinctive sulphurous whiff, can all be seen and smelt. Such features act as reminders of the magma chamber not too far beneath the Earth’s crust in this location, where the Eurasian Plate and the Pacific Plate collide. Signs of potential volcanic activity are given by detecting Bradyseism which has menaced the Phlegraean Fields area for centuries. Groups can also enjoy some time down by the nearby coast of Pozzuoli before heading back to Sorrento.
Journey over to the idyllic Isle of Capri, a combination of rugged seascapes, exquisite beauty and alluring luxury. Enjoy a ferry trip from Sorrento over to the island and start exploring the smart settlements of Capri and Anacapri, all the while soaking up the scenic surroundings.
You’ll be met by its collection of swish cafes and designer boutiques – all a reflection of the wealthy villa owners who have settled here. You may wish to walk up from the harbour area on the Isle of Capri to these settlements, winding your way upwards through small terraced farmland with orange and olive orchards.
You also have the option to take a guide with you on your day trip to Capri who will ensure that you don’t miss any of the highlights. In addition, our destination guides provide some practical fieldwork activities, which include tourist questionnaires available in five languages and field sketch tasks.
Capri Laser Boat Trip
Explore the Isle of Capri from its beautiful waters with a laser boat trip. This nautical adventure will take you around the island, giving you the chance to examine the beautiful coastline to view the high, steep, creamy white limestone cliffs, a natural arch and several grottoes.
This is a great opportunity to not only enjoy the stunning and geographically-rich landscape, but to also cover erosional landforms, cave arch stacks, weathering and limestone in just one hour.
Located on the slopes of Mount Solaro, Anacapri is perfect to experience the more authentic side of the island without the crowds. Generally quieter than Capri, you can unwind in its peaceful surroundings and enjoy its walking and hiking trails, complete with views as picturesque as the town itself.
Despite the island’s tourism, Anacapri has retained all its traditional charm. You’ll find humble gardens tucked between houses, artisan workshops and rural village life, all with the scent of the town’s lemon groves in the air.
Give your feet a rest and take the chairlift up to the summit of Mount Solaro, where you can admire sweeping views over the Faraglioni rock formations and Capri’s town centre without breaking a sweat. At 589m above sea level, Mount Solaro is the highest and most panoramic point of the island of Capri. Taking around 12 minutes to reach the summit, you’ll be met by thrilling panoramas of unspoilt natural charm.
In contrast to the volcanic aspects in the Bay of Naples, some time spent along the Amalfi Coast is well worth including in your itinerary. In 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once you‘ve admired the beautiful views of the coastal and mountainous scenery, it’s easy to see why. Many stops can be made to view the dramatic and precipitous coastal scenery and limestone rocks that dominate the area.
Its settlements are a delight to explore, such as Positano, which clings to the steep coastal slopes and Amalfi itself. As the largest town, complete with winding alleyways and terraces with lemon trees, grapes and olive vines, Amalfi is a splendid place to relax.
If you’d like to include some practical fieldwork into your day on the Amalfi Coast, you could use the tourist questionnaires or field sketch activities within your tailor-made destination guide.
“Fondo Galatea” Working Farm
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 introduces you to farming methods and helps students to learn more about farm diversification and working-farm systems.
Your tour of the farm is followed by a demonstration of mozzarella and local cheese production. At the end of the tour your group will get the chance to taste some local produce too – always a highlight!
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. Commentary brings all items alive and gives them context. 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 79AD.
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.
Ice Cream Making and Tasting
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!
Survival in Italian Language – Workshop
A great way to give your budding geographers a truly cultural experience! This hour long interactive workshop is the perfect introduction to the Italian language and will equip your students with simple phrases and commonly used hand gestures which they can use in shops and restaurants throughout their stay. A fun-filled hour that is the perfect choice of evening excursion for any group visiting the Bay of Naples!
Bespoke Geography Trip Student and Teacher Resources
This tour destination is primarily designed as an Educational Trip where the geography (and culture) of the Sorrentine Peninsula can be viewed, experienced, absorbed and appreciated, by visiting a variety of locations on a group’s bespoke itinerary. A Destination Guide is provided for every pupil with background text, pictures, maps and diagrams. A Teacher Guide is also provided, containing information about excursions, visits and activities and offering advice on the logistics of each day.
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Should you wish for your pupils carry out some practical fieldwork activities whilst on tour (e.g. collecting primary data). For this, additional support materials are available in the form of Geography Options. If selected, these will be added in to each pupil’s Destination Guide. Geography Options include:
- Tourist Questionnaires (in 5 languages)
- Building Use Survey (Generic)
- The Climate Graph of Sorrento
- Mediterranean Agriculture
- Traffic Flows; A measure of environmental pressure
- Pedestrian Flows; A measure of environmental pressure
- Diagram Frameworks (for presenting collected/collated data)
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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 itineraries created for two of our clients below.
Dates: 2nd – 6th April
Accommodation: Hotel Klein Wien
Board Basis: Half Board
Overview of visits: Solfatara, Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii, Amalfi Drive, Positano and Capri.
After flying into Naples Capodichino Airport, the group made their way to Sorrento to meet the coach for their first visit at Solfatara.
On arrival, the group had time to purchase some lunch from the site café before they met their guide and started their tour. The guide skilfully took them through the volcanic landscape with its bubbling puddles and gushing fumaroles. In the afternoon, they then visited Herculaneum for an unguided tour before going to their hotel where they checked in, found their bearings and had their first taste of Italian cuisine.View the full day-by-day itinerary
The group boarded the coach and embarked on a full day guided tour of Vesuvius and Pompeii. At Mount Vesuvius, the students walked to the crater rim and saw the sulphur-emitting fumaroles and solidified lava, pumice and tuffs of this presently dormant volcano. Before heading to Pompeii, the group took some time out to sit back and relax in the Italian sunshine and have some lunch.
It was then on to Pompeii to see the result of a Mount Vesuvius eruption. The students walked around the town and saw the famous plaster casts of the victims’ bodies. After a full day, the remainder of the evening was spent at leisure. Some students made the most of the weather and headed to the beach to enjoy the local ice cream parlours, whilst others took a short train journey into Sorrento for some sightseeing.
The day began on the Amalfi Drive, a long stretch of road that runs along the Amalfi Coast. Their first stop on the coastline was the small settlement of Positano for a photo opportunity, later continuing their journey to the Emerald Grotto boat trip.
Here the students boarded rowing boats and were taken into the caves to see the impressive stalactites, stalagmites and the crystal clear blue sea. The group then continued their drive on the Amalfi Coast, arriving in Amalfi with some time at leisure to explore the town, visit the beach and to do some souvenir shopping.
After the return journey to Sorrento, the group had free time to explore central Sorrento before taking part in an ice cream making and tasting session at a local ice cream parlour.
Today the group spent the day on the Isle of Capri. They caught the Hydrofoil from the Marina Piccola and arrived on Capri mid-morning. Upon arrival, the group made their way to the departure point on dock 23 to catch the Laser Capri boat for an hour-long tour of the island.
Once back on dry land, the group had some time to explore Capri and its many shops, cafés and restaurants. Late afternoon, the group caught the ferry back to the mainland where they went to the local restaurant Zi’Ntonio Pizzeria for their evening meal. They then headed back to Sorrento and the hotel.
The group checked out of the hotel early morning for their flight back to the UK.
Bay of Naples Accommodation
We have a number of hotels 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 into the centre of Sorrento and metres from the beach. This central location makes it the perfect 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 comprising single, double, triple or 4-bedded rooms, each equipped with private bathroom facilities, hairdryer, telephone, TV and air conditioning.
Hotel Klein Wein, Piano di Sorrento
Situated in the town of Piano di Sorrento, the Klein Wein is a modern 3 star hotel. Located on the mountainside, along the coastline and overlooking the bay of Naples and Sorrento, it is just a short 5 minute walk to reach 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 gardens and grounds of the hotel. Each room comes equipped with air conditioning, TV, telephone and private bathroom facilities. The large restaurant offers traditional Italian food.
Villa Igea, Sorrento
This charming 3 star, family run hotel can be found next to the church of the “Capo di Sorrento” and only a few steps away from the beach of the Queen Giovanna, the historical dwelling of the Queen.
“The rooms at this hotel are clean and tidy, and the evening meals were of a good standard and good value for money”
Each 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.
Giosue a Mare, Meta di Sorrento
This modern 3 star hotel has recently been renovated and sits in a stunning location right on the coast in front of its own private beach. Each room is bright and modern in design with a telephone, Satelitte TV, air conditioning and private bathroom facilities.
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