Bay of Naples

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    One of our groups exploring Paestum on a classics school trip to Rome and the Bay of Naples.
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    Picturesque Positano, overlooking the Mediterranean.
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    The ruins of Pompeii are a pre-requisite on a Bay of Naples school trip.
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    Paestum is a must on a classics school trip to the Bay of Naples.
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    Vesuvius is a popular addition to any Bay of Naples school trip.


I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for organising such a varied and comprehensive visit to the Bay of Naples. The girls (and staff!) thoroughly enjoyed it and have gained so much from seeing the sites in their current state. JM, Portsmouth High School

Put together, the Bay of Naples and the Sorrento peninsula are simply one of the most stunningly beautiful corners of Europe, having attracted visitors in their masses for centuries. This spectacular and rocky coastline has an abundance of archaeological and geological treasures, the perfect components for a Classics tour or Geography groups.

Unique and inspiring visit options for a Bay of Naples school trip are in plentiful supply here, including Mount Vesuvius, one of the few active volcanoes in Europe, not to mention the remains and preserved treasures of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the cities destroyed nearly 2000 years ago when the volcano erupted. Lying off the coast of Sorrento is the gorgeous island of Capri and, back on the mainland, there’s the city of Naples itself, its historic centre a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the National Archaeological Museum.

Typical Accommodation

Hotel Giosuè a Mare – Enjoying a prime coastal position in the commune of Meta, this modern 3* hotel boasts its own private beach, in addition to a panoramic restaurant and terrace overlooking the sea. Sleeping up to four, the rooms are air-conditioned and have private facilities.

Hotel La Ripetta – Occupying a clifftop position overlooking the Bay of Naples and the Piano di Sorrento beach, this 3* spa hotel has a wealth of facilities including a sun terrace, Turkish bath, sauna, Jacuzzi, hydro massage pool, panoramic terrace and restaurant. Rooms sleep up to four people and feature en-suite bath/wc, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning.

Bay of Naples School Trip – Subject Suitability

All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here is a popular sample itinerary for a Bay of Naples school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 5 Days by Air

Day 1 – Direct flight from UK airport to Naples. On arrival, transfer by coach to your hotel, arriving in time for dinner and 4 nights’ full-board accommodation.

Day 2 – Enjoy a memorable full-day excursion to Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii today. First you’ll be taken for a guided tour to the rim of the volcano, followed later by a visit to the ruins of Pompeii.

Day 3 – Today’s full-day excursion takes you to the important archaeological site of Paestum, followed by a guided tour of a buffalo farm and a tasting of mozzarella cheese.

Alternatively, you could visit the former fishing port of Herculaneum, destroyed by Vesuvius and Villa Oplontis, an ancient Roman villa.

Day 4 – Take the ferry to the beautiful Island of Capri, alternatively (not for the faint hearted), take a scenic drive along the dramatic Amalfi Coast, with tremendous views over the coastline and the Mediterranean, not to mention the stunning cliffside towns of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.

Day 5 – An opportunity for last-minute shopping or sightseeing before joining your private coach for your return transfer to Naples airport, ready to catch your homeward flight.

This Bay of Naples school trip can easily be combined with visits to Rome or Venice – please contact us for details.

Travel Options

  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Naples

Popular Visits & Excursions

Mount Vesuvius – The only active volcano in mainland Europe (it last erupted in 1944), Mount Vesuvius offers magnificent views over the Bay of Naples from its summit.
Pompeii – Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its fascinating archaeological remains, this preserved Roman city was completely destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79.
Herculaneum – A once busy fishing port, also destroyed by Vesuvius in AD 79, but whose timber structures were preserved, having been buried in by mud.
Villa Oplontis – Also known as Villa Poppaea, this is an ancient Roman villa situated between Naples and Sorrento, believed to have been owned by Emperor Nero and used by his second wife, Poppaea Sabina, when not in Rome.
Paestum – Remains of an ancient Greek and later Roman town, today one of Italy’s most important archaeological sites.
Pozzuoli’s Amphitheatre & Macellum – Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, this is the third largest of its kind in Italy and was reputedly built by the same architects who constructed the Colosseum in Rome. The Macellum, known too as the Temple of Serapis, is an ancient marketplace and well worth a visit.

Bay of Naples school trip images courtesy of Fototeca ENIT, Vito Arcomano, Gino Cianci, Bill Chuzik.


National Archaeological Museum – Situated in Naples, this prestigious museum houses one of the world’s finest collections of Greco-Roman artefacts, including a series of sculptures, mosaics and frescoes found in both Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Solfatara – Situated west of Naples in Pozzuoli, this shallow volcanic crater was formed some 4,000 years ago. Now dormant, it still emits jets of sulphurous steam.
Capri – A stunning island set just off the Sorrento peninsula, famed for its rugged landscapes and lush vegetation as well as the sophisticated tourist centres of Capri Town and Anacapri.
Amalfi Drive – Follow the narrow, winding coastal road for spectacular views over the cliffs, coves and villages, seeing the photogenic clifftop and cliffside towns of Positano, Ravello and Amalfi.
Vannulo Farm – A guided tour of an organic buffalo farm and an introduction to the production of mozzarella and yoghurt, followed by a tasting of the famous cheese.
Ice-Cream Making – Learn the techniques involved in making traditional Italian gelato and enjoy a tasting.
Limoncello Factory – Learn the process of making limoncello, an Italian liqueur originating from Sorrento.
Cookery & Pizza Making – Participate in a cookery lesson or prepare a traditional Italian pizza.

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