Wisbech Grammar School pupils visit Italy

Christopher Green (left) and Emerson Collingwood-Smith on the island of Capri with the Amalfi coast in the background.
Christopher Green (left) and Emerson Collingwood-Smith on the island of Capri with the Amalfi coast in the background.

Geography students at Wisbech Grammar School have been soaking up the breathtaking sights of Italy’s Bay of Naples.

In a five-day tour 27 year ten pupils accompanied by four members of staff used Sorrento as a base for a multi-disciplinary exploration of the picturesque gulf on the country’s south west coast.

Among the high points were a stop-off at the volcanic crater of Solfatara in the Phlegraean Fields and group members ascended the summit of Vesuvius, where they learnt about the nature of the threat to the three million people currently living in the shadow of the volcano.

The party toured the Roman remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum and enjoyed the views from the peak of the island of Capri.

After a journey along the Amalfi Coast, taking in Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, they topped off the tour with a subterranean tour of Naples.

Trip leader Mr Russell Killick, who was running the geography department’s fourth trip to Sorrento, said: “This was a wonderful experience for all, providing an opportunity to engage in the geography, history, archaeology, language and culture of a fascinating part of Italy.”