Classics Trip to Sorrento & Rome, Italy

Whole School

During the half term break, nineteen girls from Years 10 and 11 took part in a 5 day tour of Italy to a plethora of Classical sights. 

After an early morning (4am!) start on the Sunday, we took a 3 hour flight to Naples where we were greeted by sunny skies and 26 degree heat!  We visited the Naples Archaeological Museum, home to many artefacts and mosaics discovered in Pompeii and Herculaneum.  Our Year 11 Classical Civilisation students especially enjoyed seeing the artwork and ornaments from Pompeii’s House of the Faun, a core component of their GCSE studies. 

We continued our journey by coach around the beautiful coast of the Bay of Naples until we reached our hotel in Sorrento.  A well-earned lunch stop and rest was a welcome opportunity here, alongside some free time to explore the coastal town, followed by dinner and a well-needed early night!

On Monday we climbed to the top of Mount Vesuvius.  The active volcano has not erupted since 1944 and famously buried Pompeii under the ground for over 1,500 years. The steep ascent was worth it for the breath-taking views from the top. 

In the afternoon, we explored Herculaneum, a small town that was also preserved following the eruption in 79AD.  The girls enjoyed freely exploring the site and getting a taste of what Roman life was like 2,000 years ago.  Our next stop was at an authentic Italian farm at which we saw a range of farmyard animals and learnt about the production of olive oil and mozzarella cheese.  This was followed by our very own delicious pizza-making workshop and dinner, a highlight of the trip for many!


On the third day we said ‘vale!’ to our hotel and made our journey to Rome, via Pompeii. A busy route march through the bustling streets of the city took us to the Amphitheatre, Palaestra (exercise grounds, equivalent to a gym), Temple, Forum and many well-preserved houses including the Houses of the Faun and Vettii.  Of course, our trip to Pompeii would have been wasted without visiting our Cambridge Latin Course hero, Caecilius.  The girls enjoyed visiting the Pompeiian banker’s home, bringing to life the stories they had studied since Year 7.

Mr J Ahsan, Head of Classics

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