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Geography Trips for Schools to the Bay of Naples, Italy

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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.”

Ms Quigley, March 2016 - Sorrento

“Excellent 5 days covering everything we intended to, with great value for money as activities chosen were perfect for our budget.”

Ms Holmes, October 2016 - Sorrento

“Excellent tour with a great company.”

Ms Joanna Bainbridge, October 2015 - Sorrento

“A superbly organised and awe inspiring trip which the students will have long lasting memories of.”

Mrs Fox, July 2016 - Sorrento

“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!”

Ms Gayle Sloggett, February 2016 - Sorrento

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

Perfect for:
All ages and stages of secondary education

Transport options:

Nearest Airport:
Naples Capodichino Airport

Flight duration from UK:
2 hours 30 minutes

Best time to visit:
Between March and October

Curriculum Links

Changing Places
Coastal Systems & Landscapes
Ecosystems & Biodiversity
Globalisation & Global Systems
Natural Hazards
Plate Tectonics
Rocks, Weathering & Soil
Rural Environments
Urban Environments
Weather & Climate

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Recommended Visits

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.

Vesuvius Pompeii Herculaneum Solfatara Capri Amalfi Coast Fondo Galatea Working Farm Naples Archaeological Museum and Underground Tour Ice Cream Making and Tasting Survival in Italian Language - Workshop
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Study Resources

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.

Sorrento Study Resource
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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)
  • Fieldsketches
  • The Climate Graph of Sorrento
  • Mediterranean Agriculture
  • Traffic Flows; A measure of environmental pressure
  • Pedestrian Flows; A measure of environmental pressure
  • Globalisation
  • 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.


5 days,
4 nights

Dates: 2nd – 6th April

Passengers: 33

Accommodation: Hotel Klein Wien

Board Basis: Half Board

Overview of visits: Solfatara, Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii, Amalfi Drive, Positano and Capri.

Day 1:

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.

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Day 2:

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.

Day 3:

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.

Day 4:

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.

Day 5:

The group checked out of the hotel early morning for their flight back to the UK.

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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

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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”

Kate Phillips, King Edward VI College

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.

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Hotel Klein Wein, Piano di Sorrento

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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.

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Villa Igea, Sorrento

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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”

Ms Helen Lougher, Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari

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.

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Giosue a Mare, Meta di Sorrento

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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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