As we land in the volcanic city of Naples, welcomed by a warm Mediterranean breeze, it was clear that this group of Geography students from Itchen College couldn’t wait to experience the delights of Italy and soak up its culture. It began to rain in the evening, but it sure didn’t stop this bunch from strolling into Piano di Sorrento to discover the breath-taking views from across the sea front (despite getting a little soggy!).
‘I can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow, here with this panorama,’ said Mel, party leader. I reckon everyone was thinking the same thing.
Vesuvius was our first stop on our second day. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t at its best and prevented us from seeing the crater. However, the group had high spirits and still appreciated the incredible volcanic environment that Vesuvius had to offer. There was no stopping this group!
As we arrived in Pompeii, the sun began to shine through the clouds. The group wandered through Pompeii, excited and in awe of the ruins, excavations and grand preservation that our guide really brought to life.
After our fresh morning croissant (yum!), we made our way towards the ‘Fondo Galateo Farm’ where the group had the opportunity to learn the makings of mozzarella and meet all the farm animals. What made things extra special was the melt-in-your-mouth lunch of fresh salami, olives and tomatoes – truly exquisite.
The sun continued to shine all day as we headed out across the spectacular Amalfi coast, above Positano town and down into the Amalfi town square. Here the group enjoyed some delicious ice cream and had the chance to explore one of the most famous Italian towns.
As evening approached, we sailed across the Mediterranean Sea towards Catania where the group’s enthusiasm really grew. Quiz night was on tonight’s agenda, and the Rayburn Tours Fun Files were a fantastic way to end the day.
Our journey in Sicily began at the Alcantara River Gorge where the group were guided through the organic herb garden. Wow – you could smell the fresh, sweet scent of oranges and lemons right down to the natural volcanic basalt rock.
From here we headed to the famous town of Taormina, a beautiful area steeped in history. The group fell in love with this town and its presence could be seen all the way from our hotel route. The incredible amphitheatre was set between the two peaks of Taormina, positioned so the view overlooked the turquoise sea and the island, Isola Bella. It’s safe to say that lots of photos were taken here!
By the evening everyone was ready for a hot Sicilian meal and a good night’s sleep, ready for tomorrow’s adventure.