Geography Sorrento Trip

Geography Sorrento Trip

27 February 2024

On Friday 16th February, the Geography Department took 29 students to Sorrento, Southern Italy, the college’s third field trip to the country.

After our departure from Hampton, we headed to Heathrow for our 2 hour flight to Naples airport and on to the beautiful town of Sorrento to check into our hotel.

On Saturday 17th, we travelled by hydrofoil to the exclusive island of Capri, a 30-minute journey from Sorrento. Our first job upon arrival was to climb up the hundreds of steps from the port to the town, which was quite hard in the warm sunshine! We then had time to walk around the town (with lots of very exclusive shops!) before walking to one of the island’s most amazing features – the Arco Naturale (Natural Arch) formed through erosion of the rocks, leaving an impressive feature behind. Students enjoyed looking at the geology and we discussed some of the coastal formations we could see.

Upon our return to the town, we had some time for food, before walking back down the steps to the port, before getting the hydrofoil back to Sorrento.

We had time for a look around Sorrento town before we headed back to the hotel for some downtime and our evening meal.

The next morning, we were greeted by bright sunshine as we travelled to Mount Vesuvius. After the long winding drive up the mountain, we started our slow trek up to the top. Although there hasn’t been an eruption on Vesuvius for 60 years, it is still geologically active and we could see steam rising from the top of the crater when we reached the top. We could also see across the whole of Naples, and could appreciate the risk that the volcano could pose to the millions of people who live nearby. The view from the top was fantastic and although it was a hard walk up, it was an achievement to visit the crater and look out across the Bay of Naples.

After climbing down the mountain, we had time for some lunch before we entered the ancient city of Pompeii – a city that encountered the wrath of Vesuvius! We had the experience of walking round the town, preserved in ash after the eruption of 79 AD, which was much later excavated and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site - A truly incredible place to explore and investigate. That evening after our meal, we completed some of the work in our fieldwork booklets about Vesuvius and Pompeii.

On Monday, we travelled along the Amalfi coast, doing the famous drive along this beautiful stretch of coastline. We made a couple of stops as we travelled down the coast to take photos of the coastal features, with some time to walk around the beautiful town of Amalfi. The weather wasn’t as sunny and warm again, but that didn’t take away from another day of beautiful scenery and spectacular geology.

After breakfast on the last morning, we packed up our belongings and tidied up the rooms. We loaded the coach and headed to Herculaneum. Similar to Pompeii, Herculaneum was destroyed in the AD79 eruption of Vesuvius, but this wealthier coastal town was better preserved than Pompeii, as it was submerged in mud rather than ash. There are skeletons in the old dock area, where people were trapped waiting to be rescued by boats, that unfortunately didn’t reach them in time. It was another truly remarkable experience to end the trip – we then boarded the coach to head to the airport and our flight home.

The students on the trip had a really enjoyable time, and were a real credit to the college - I hope they had a fantastic experience seeing lots of superb geography. My thanks go to all the staff at the College who helped to get the trip organised, as well as Miss Micklewright and Mrs Britten for giving up their hard-earned Half Term break to come on the trip.

Mr Boughton, Head of Geography

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