Years 6 to 8: Pompeii Trip!

27 October 2022

Ciao Pompeii!

After a very early start, our boys arrived in sunny Naples to be met by their tour guide for the week.

First order of business was the vera pizza napoletana at a restaurant in central Naples, a revelation to the boys who had never experienced the real thing before.

After their delicious lunch, they boarded a bus to visit the remains of a beautiful villa at Stabiae, a luxurious holiday home for a wealthy Roman aristocrat – including its own spa and a 60-metre pool with waterfall – before it was buried under the ash of Vesuvius in 79AD.

On Sunday, our boys headed to Pompeii and explored the ruins of the Roman city in the shadow of Vesuvius, including a visit to the amphitheater, where they explored inscriptions that are still legible with the names of the magistrates who had the steps built. After a long day of walking around, the boys enjoyed playing ten-pin bowling with their friends.

Next on the agenda was ascending Mount Vesuvius to see the crater of the volcano and marvel at the vistas across the Bay of Naples. Afterwhich, they headed back down the mountain where they reached the ruins of Herculaneum, a smaller but even better-preserved Roman city. They finished off the day with some well earned gelato!

They had an early start the next day to catch the jetfoil across the bay to Capri, our boys had the opportunity to stroll around and explore the area, as well as pick up some souvenirs and take in the beautiful sights.

On Wednesday, they said their final farewells to the hotel and headed into the hills of Sorento for a pizza-making masterclass. The secret is out, the Italians make the dough 24 hours in advance. Our boys were excited to make their own pizzas which, of course, they devoured. They tasted delicious!

The last stop before heading to the airport was the creepy catacombs of San Gennaro and San Gaudino, where our boys were delighted to learn the methods for draining bodies and preserving skulls – just in time for Halloween!

A huge thank you to Mr Walker, Madame Cook, Miss Elcomb, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Kaler for going above and beyond throughout the whole trip to ensure the boys had a fantastic time!

Take a look below to see our gallery of images.