Bay of Naples Geography Tour
School Geography Trip To The Bay of Naples
The region of Campania which includes Sorrento and the Bay of Naples is one of Europe's most geologically active. We all know the events of 79 AD when Vesuvius erupted in the cataclysm that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum, and in fact the last eruption was as recently as 1944. However a geography trip to Naples offers more than just Vesuvius. Our tours explore the beautiful Amalfi region with idyllic resorts such as Positano and Ravello. We visit the island of Capri and can see the caves and stacks which lie along its coast. We discover the food and agriculture at local farms where lemons are grown and Buffalo Mozzarella is produced. And we can visit the world famous Roman sites, preserved over the centuries by thick layers of volcanic ash.
The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.
Flight to Naples. Underground City and Pozzuoli
Fly to Naples: You are met on arrival by your local guide and see some of historic Naples.
Underground City: You visit the fascinating Underground City, a labyrinth of tunnels and subterranean rooms which in some cases date back thousands of years. The tunnels were originally excavated by the ancient Greeks as a water storage system, and you can still see reservoirs holding water. In the twentieth century they were used as bomb shelters during WW2.
Pozzuoli: In the afternoon you will see some of the historical sites of Pozzuoli including the Flavian Amphitheatre and the Temple of Serapis. The temple was partially submerged after construction, and was subsequently uplifted, believed to be as a result of the volcanic ground movement. The smooth area at the bottom of each column shows how far it was buried in sediment, before being uplifted again.
Sorrento: You then transfer to your hotel near the beautiful hilltop town of Sorrento with its vibrant cafes and restaurants.
Vesuvius and Pompeii
Vesuvius: This morning you start with an exciting hike to the summit of Vesuvius in the company of a specialist local volcanology guide. It’s a short 30-minute hike to the desolate, lunar-like summit. Standing next to the crater’s edge you may see steaming vents, a reminder that while Vesuvius is quiet today, it is only a matter of time before it erupts again.
Pompeii: After lunch you head to the famous Roman ruins at Pompeii which give a fascinating glimpse into Roman life. In AD 79 the fury of Vesuvius was unleashed upon this prosperous city, killing many of its inhabitants and burying it under a thick layer of pumice and ash. Today, the excavations reveal the ruins of the city’s amphitheatres, forum, baths, streets and splendid houses, some with their elaborate frescoes still visible.
Return to Sorrento: In the afternoon you return to Sorrento for free time before heading back to your hotel for dinner.
Full day on Capri
Full day to Capri: Today is a full day exploring the beautiful island of Capri. From the ferry terminal at Sorrento, you travel by hydrofoil for the 30-minute sea crossing. Unlike the other islands in the Bay, Capri is comprised of limestone and used to be joined to mainland Italy’s Amalfi Coast, but over many thousands of years the link was eroded by the sea. Tourism is the mainstay of the economy now, but there is also agriculture with vineyards, olive groves and citrus fruits. You are met on Capri by local minibus transportation and will be able to explore the island, including the world-famous sea stacks and natural arch by its impressive cliffs. You can also visit the amazing Roman villas and indulge in the dolce vita in the elegant cafes of Marina Grande. In the afternoon you return by hydrofoil to Sorrento and to your hotel.
Mozzarella Farm Visit and the Amalfi Coast
Mozzarella Farm Visit: This morning we visit a Buffalo Mozzarella Farm to see how this traditional Italian cheese is made. The name mozzarella comes from the Italian verb mozzare, which means to cut off, and relates to the method by which mozzarella is made by hand. True buffalo mozzarella has a very thin skin, a delicate flavour, and a soft centre, while the buffalo that are used to make mozzarella are an ancient breed of water buffalo, originally coming from India in the 12th century. As well as hearing about the production process, you also have the experience of eating fresh mozzarella di buffala right at the source and where you can see the animals that produced the milk used.
The Amalfi Coast: This afternoon you depart from Sorrento to explore the beautiful Amalfi Coastline on the south of the Sorrento peninsular. Pastel-hued villages lie terraced into the hillsides while spectacular roads hug the cliffs and coastline. The journey brings us first to Praiano and then to the town of Amalfi itself. Our route then heads into the mountains and to the pretty town of Ravello, perhaps the Amalfi Coast’s most peaceful and charming resort. Your route then takes you back over the mountains and a return to your hotel for dinner.
Lemon Farm, Herulaneum and flight home
Lemon Farm: This morning you visit a lemon producer. Lemon’s arrived in Campania from the Middle East many centuries ago. The tour commences in the orchards where you learn about the cultivation and harvesting process, much of it still done in the time-honoured way by hand. You continue to see the production process which involves selecting and processing the lemons. You also learn about the processes used to create Italy’s famous limoncello liqueur.
Herculaneum: This afternoon you visit the ancient city of Herculaneum, buried in mud in the same cataclysm that destroyed Pompeii. Herculaneum was struck by a series of cataclysmic pyroclastic flows which covered it with a deep layer of volcanic mud and ash. Herculaneum it is notable for the high standard of preservation of the houses a number of beautiful frescoes may be seen. The Roman sea shore has been exposed during the excavations and a Roman boat has been preserved in a special museum.
Flight Home: You then transfer to the airport in Naples for your homeward flight.
Explore the Bay of Naples
Discover the beautiful scenery of the Bay of Naples. Our tours are based in and around the delightful town of Sorrento, famed for its lemon farms and enchanting coast scenery. We explore the archaeological sites at Pompeii and Herculaneum, drive the wonderful Amalfi Coast and can explore the idyllic island of Capri.
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