After a very early and wet start we arrived in Naples to be greeted by warmth and glorious sunshine. We made our way straight to Sorrento and visited a cheese factory. We sampled the delights of their fresh and aged mozzarella and watched with awe as the mozzarella came together and was shaped with such skill. The Abbey girls rose to the challenge of plaits but the mozzarella flowers were beyond them! A relaxed afternoon was spent in Sorrento, browsing through the boutiques and sampling ice cream.
Day 2 took us to the top of Mount Vesuvius. We climbed up to the crater and peered inside as wisps of smoke rose from it. The views were glorious and it was easy to imagine just how much damage was done when it erupted. We had lunch in a delightful pizzeria half way down the mountain and then went off to Herculaneum. This town is so well preserved and so real. Perhaps the highlight here for the Classics students was a dramatic reading of Pliny’s letter on the eruption of Vesuvius in Latin in the garden of one of the houses. The day was not over there. In the evening we attended a Tarantella Show with lots of audience participation. Our girls joined the dancing on stage with great enthusiasm!
Capri was our destination on Day 3. We began with a calm sea voyage and arrived in the bustling port. A short journey along a dramatic cliff edge took us to Anacapri. We explored the town, had lunch then moved on to Capri. It was the calm and peace of Augustus’ Gardens and the views of the coastline which were the best things here. We returned to Sorrento via a funicular and the ferry. Our evening activity was excellent. We visited a family run ice cream parlour and were instructed in the art of making Italian ice cream. The girls took turns to mix, pour and serve ice cream. It was delicious as were the two scoops we had in the shop afterwards!
Day 4 was an early start but it was worth it to arrive in Pompeii before anyone else. We walked around the city and were very much reminded of Caecilius and the Cambridge Latin Course. It was a shame Caecilius’ house was closed but we were able to look inside. A thunder storm struck while we were here which made it very atmospheric without the dangers of an eruption! We spent the afternoon in Naples visiting the National Museum and the Underground Vaults. We rounded off the day with a trip to the bowling alley which we all enjoyed.
Our last day started with a trip to a Lemon and Olive Farm. We learnt all about growing and harvesting these crops and had a pizza lunch, sampling nutella pizza for the first time! From here we set off to the airport but broke our journey at Poppaea’s villa in Oplontis. This was interesting for its maze of rooms and fantastic frescoes.
We got back to school exhausted but happy. A good time was had by all!
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