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Bay of Naples Highlights

Bay of Naples Highlights

A trip to the Bay of Naples offers students endless opportunities to see their geography textbooks come to life. We’ve picked out some of the highlights you’ll need to see and some our favourite things to do below. Speak to one of our travel specialists to find out about other activities you can incorporate into your next school trip.

We tailor make our school trips to meet the financial and educational needs of your school. View our sample itinerary to see what your Bay of Naples trip could involve >

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Mount Vesuvius

  • Famous for the calamitous eruption in 79AD.
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  • The archaeological sites at Pompeii and nearby Herculaneum are now UNESCO world heritage sites.
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Island of Capri

  • Capri's limestone geology provides a stunning coastal landscape.
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Amalfi Coast

  • This coastal road offers one of the world's most classic drives.
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  • See floor mosaics and murals in grand villas as they were 2,000 years ago.
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  • A historic city, even by Italian standards, Naples is home to eclectic architecture showing the clash of ancient and modern.

Our top ten activities

1. Visit the summit of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius is the only volcano to have erupted on mainland Europe in the last 100 years.

Created by the convergence of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates, the volcano is closely monitored by volcanologists, ensuring the safety of residents living on its slopes.

Alpine guides will show you the main crater, explain the volcano’s geography and its relationship with the surrounding area.

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2. Tour of the ruins at Pompeii

Take a guided tour to get the most from your visit – see ruins of the Forum, temples, villas, the gladiatorial arena, theatre and bathhouses, as well as learning how the eruption destroyed the town in 79 AD.

Pompeii is a great stop for historians as well as geographers who will see the devastating effects of tectonic activity in the area.

3. Build your own pizza

With the assistance of an expert ‘Pizzaiolo’, groups can create their own pizza!

Equipped with an apron and chef’s hat, each student will have the opportunity to prepare their own authentic Italian pizza.

Restaurant staff then cook the pizzas on your behalf, before serving with soft drinks.

A hands-on way to enjoy a delicious lunch! Groups can also choose to eat lunch or dinner at the pizzeria without the pizza-making activity.

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4. Take in the views on Capri

First you’ll take a chair lift from the quiet mountain-top village of Anacapri to the top of Monte Solaro for panoramic views of the island and the Bay of Naples.

Then explore the hustle and bustle of glamourous Capri town. A resort since Roman times, Capri has long been a hangout for the rich and glamorous and is the perfect place to demonstrate the erosive power of the sea.

5. Hike the Punta Campanella trek

Explore one of Italy’s most undeveloped and picturesque areas on this half-day tour.

Drive west from Sorrento before descending on foot to Punta Campanella, the westernmost point of the Sorrento peninsula.

Your walking guide will lead you along a beautiful hiking trail through land supplying local produce for many of Sorrento’s restaurants.

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6. See the preserved ruins of Herculaneum

The seaside town was buried under a mass of ash and tuff volcanic rock, preserving the buildings astonishingly well.

Floor mosaics and murals in grand villas are as they were 2,000 years ago, whilst even the original timbers in some buildings are intact, preserved in the volcanic mud.

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7. Admire the Amalfi Coast

Enjoy a full day guided tour of the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Amalfi Coast.

Heading westwards, you’ll enjoy the sights from a scenic stop above the picturesque Positano before taking a couple of hours to explore the historic centre of Amalfi, the main town on the coastline.

After visiting Amalfi and having lunch, you will continue along the coast for a stop in the villages of Maiori and/or Vietri Sul Mare, depending on time, before returning to your hotel.

8. Pertosa Limestone Caves Tour

Dramatic stalactites and stalagmites feature in the beautiful karst caves at Pertosa.

Made easily accessible to visitors, your guided visit includes a short boat trip on the subterranean lake created where the River Tanagro has dropped through the porous rock.

9. See Naples from a new angle

Below the street and piazzas of Naples lies a vast labyrinth of underground tunnels and chambers, dating back to 2,500 years ago.

Your guide will show you Greek temples, Roman theatres and markets, ancient aqueducts and even WWII air-raid shelters.

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10. Cool down by making your own ice cream

Discover the secrets of Italian ice cream with a demonstration and explanation from a master! Learn the differences between gelato and ice cream, how to prepare different flavours, or use fresh fruit and how to make limoncello at home.

The demonstration concludes with a tasting of the ice cream made, a sample of ice cream from the gelateria and a certificate confirming your participation, including delicious recipes to try yourselves.

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Remember we create our trips after talking to you to understand your budget and trip requirements. Find out what else we can do to support you in planning your trip when you make your enquiry with us.

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