Over the Easter holidays, from 2-8 April, a group of Geography students from Caedmon College Whitby went to Sorrento, in the Bay of Naples, to explore and learn more about the geography of this area.
The students and staff were accommodated in the harbour area of Sorrento, which proved to have great views of Vesuvius in the background. The evenings were spent exploring Sorrento and enjoying some amazing ice creams. Whilst there, visits included the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, to see how the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD buried the two towns under a deep mantle of pebbles, mud and ash. Next was the Island of Capri - a stunning rocky island in the Tyrrhenian Sea where students went on a laser boat ride around the island, investigating the coastal landscape and also spent a leisurely day exploring the island.
The students also were able to visit Mount Vesuvius - the only active volcano on the mainland of Europe, which is at present dormant after the last, disastrous eruption of 1944 when streams of lava poured down the volcano’s sides and showered Naples and the surrounding towns. They walked around the rim of the volcano’s magnificent crater, observing the fumerols and enjoyed some amazing views of the Naples coastline from the top.
Finally, students visited an archaeological museum in Naples which holds a collection of the remains from Pompeii and Herculaneum, followed by a visit to the Pozzuoli Flavian amphitheater – this is the third largest Roman amphitheater in Italy and only the Roman Colosseum and the Capuan Amphitheater are larger. This amphitheatre was most likely built by the same architects who previously constructed the Roman Colosseum. The name Flavian Amphitheater is primarily associated with the Roman coliseum.
All the students and the accompanying staff had an amazing week on this Italian residential visit and, as always, the students were a credit to the College and their community.