The Geography department took 40 pupils to visit various locations in Rome and Naples. They met Friday evening and travelled through to Gatwick catching a very early flight to Rome, this gave them a full day on Saturday to explore the romantic and classical areas of central Rome including the Spanish steps and the Trevi Fountain.

Palm Sunday saw the group cross central Rome visiting a number of the most famous sites as their guide took them to the Piazza Navona Via the Pantheon and the Castell Sant’ Angelo. The group spent the afternoon at the Vatican and some took part in the service whilst others visited the Vatican Museum.

Monday saw the group visit the ancient sites of Rome, including the Coliseum, the Roman forum and the Circo Massimo. Whilst being taken round the most famous of Roman remains they also visited some of the sites made famous in the film Roman Holiday including the Bocca De La Verita (The mouth of truth!).

On Tuesday they transferred South leaving Rome behind, making several stops on the way towards Naples. Just outside of Rome beyond the ancient walls they visited the burial chambers at the catacombs before taking an extended lunch at a shopping centre which proved to be very popular. The evening saw the group approach the Bay of Naples and gave the first view of Mount Vesuvius which dominates the landscape.

An early start on Wednesday gave the group a large part of the day being guided around Pompeii before having the afternoon in Sorrento.

Thursday began with an ascent of Mount Vesuvius, although full access to the crater was limited due to recent seismic activity. In the afternoon they completed their Roman tour with a visit to Herculanium and the remains of the city destroyed by the eruption of A.D. 79.

The visit itself was highly successful, all of the pupils who travelled enjoyed themselves as well as being immersed in the Italian culture, their behaviour was a credit to themselves and we were stopped on several occasions to be told how proud we should be of the way they conducted themselves. The visit would not have been possible without the assistance of Miss Ruddle and of course the highly knowledgeable Mr Shell and Mr Rubery.