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Geography and Classics trip to Italy WCS Wells Cathedral School Independent Prep Somerset England

Geography and Classics trip to Italy

Ferdy (Year 10) wrote the following account of the Geography and Classics trip to Italy:

The Geography and Classics trip to Italy was something we were all looking forward to in the months leading up to our departure. Despite travelling through the late night and early morning, we were all ready for the first day in Pozzuoli, in which we got to see the Temple of Serapis and sample some of the area’s food. As we had hoped, authentic Italian pizza and pasta was delicious!

Over the whole course of the trip we stayed in Meta, a commune in the Metropolitan City of Naples, which had some amazing ocean scenery. The next day we embarked on an extremely tiring trek up Mount Vesuvius. At the top, we were rewarded with some breathtaking views of the surrounding cities and countryside, although slightly dampened by the cold weather at the crater’s edge!

After stumbling our way down one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, it was off to Herculaneum, a small Roman town that was buried by the eruption in A.D. 79. Herculaneum is home to some incredible buildings, statues and mosaics which remain impressively intact, preserved by the layers of volcanic ash.

The third day of the trip was a favourite for most, though. The ruins of Pompeii were stunning in both architecture and artistry. Being able to explore the city, go into all the houses and look at the frescoes and statues was an experience that none of us had imagined would be so moving. The site was also so much larger than we had originally expected! Seeing it in person gave a much clearer understanding of scale which was hard to get from photos back in the classroom.

We got up the next morning for a road trip along the Amalfi coast, with some picture-postcard breathtaking views of its famous coastline. We made some stops along the way, such as Amalfi itself, in which we saw the impressive Cathedral, and the gardens of Villa Cimbrone.

The final day of our trip took us to Naples; a city full of bustling side streets and pop-up stands where we squeezed through the tight tunnels of the Napoli Underground to see how it was fashioned into a bomb shelter in World War 2. The very last stop of the entire trip was the Archeological Museum in Naples, which houses many ancient artefacts and statues, some recovered from Pompeii and others from all over the world.

All in all, the trip was surely one to remember; from ancient ruins full of statues to less ancient pizza restaurants full of confusing menus!

The atmosphere of the trip was fantastic and thank you to the staff who made it all possible for us: Mr Boot, Mr Davies, Mr Rowley and Mrs Murdoch.

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