Geographers Go To Naples - Hurstpierpoint College

Geographers Go To Naples

At the very end of last term, 40 Remove Geography students were also lucky enough to spend several days exploring the Bay of Naples. Despite some challenging weather conditions, the pupils had a fantastic time visiting the various old towns, Roman monuments, and impressive landforms that can be found along the coastline.  

Much like the classicists, particularly memorable moments from the trip included a visit to both Herculaneum and Pompeii—towns both entombed by pyroclastic flow—as well as a challenging hike up to the Mount Vesuvius crater. Whilst being a rather eerie experience, with much of the crater shrouded in dense cloud that morning, the pupils enjoyed holding volcanic rock and seeing the ancient lava flows when they finally made it to the top. Next up was a road trip along the Amalfi coastline—home to spectacular limestone cliffs, arches, and stacks and the beautiful towns of Positano and Amalfi—which was then followed by a scenic boat trip to Salerno. For a final day of sight-seeing, souvenir shopping, and gelato sampling, the group explored the cliffside town of Anacapri, discovering what they described as ‘the most beautiful viewpoint looking over the whole island’!  

Throughout the trip, pupils saw their classroom brought into the real world as they enjoyed an itinerary contextualising their GCSE studies of hazardous environments, coastal landforms, and the challenges posed by mass tourism.  

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