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Pyro-Classic flow! Year 8 and 9 visit the Bay of Naples and Rome

Pyro-Classic flow! Year 8 and 9 visit the Bay of Naples and Rome

An early start did nothing to dampen spirits as 36 pupils from Year 8 and 9 embarked on the annual Classics excursion to the Bay of Naples, with this year's trip extended by a day to take in key ancient sites from Rome too.

Our adventures took us on a whistlestop tour of the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, around the beautiful Villa Oplontis, reputed holiday getaway for the Emperor Nero, and a trek to the summit of Mount Vesuvius, the eruption of which in 79 AD caused a pyroclastic flow which is partially responsible for the incredible preservation of these ancient sites. Our final day was a walking tour of Rome, taking in sites such as the Colosseum, the Forum Romanum, Trajan's column and the hugely impressive Pantheon. Pupils experienced many Italian delights, gelato, authentic Neapolitan pizza from the city which gave us the Margherita, warm sunshine and blue skies, not to mention some seriously impressive driving along cliff top roads.

Group of Year 8 and 9 students standing in Pompeii

The staff on the trip were able to demonstrate their own hidden talents, Mrs Greenbury as a tour guide, Miss Spencer Jolly as Roman art expert, and Mr England as seismologist. Overall it was a really brilliant trip and we're already planning our return to this spectacular part of the world which remains an intriguing window into the ancient past.

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