Geography School Trips & Tours to the Bay of Naples

A geography field trip to the Bay of Naples provides a great opportunity to study key themes including tectonic processes, tourism, hazard management, coasts and industry. Our exciting programme of Bay of Naples geography visits includes trips to Pompeii, the Phlegraean Fields, Capri and the Amalfi Coast - not to mention Mount Vesuvius!

A mild climate makes this the ideal area to take a school geography tour to Italy at any time of year. Study a range of human activities set in an environment largely defined by physical processes. Farming, fishing, tourism and a cultural history are just some of the topics on offer.

Sample itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Flight to Rome & transfer to Bay of Naples accommodation Visit to Solfatara (time permitting). Check-in at hotel Free time to settle in. Evening meal
2 Visit to Vesuvius. Continue on to Pompeii for a guided tour Evening meal. Free time
3 Full day on the Island of Capri; ferry ticket, Capri town, Faraglione & Acro Naturale Evening meal. Free time
4 Transfer to Rome for return flight to Ireland. Depending on flights, there may be time to stop in Rome.
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Morning Flight to Rome & transfer to Bay of Naples accommodation
Afternoon Visit to Solfatara (time permitting). Check-in at hotel
Evening Free time to settle in. Evening meal
Morning Visit to Vesuvius. Continue on to Pompeii for a guided tour
Afternoon Evening meal. Free time
Evening
Morning Full day on the Island of Capri; ferry ticket, Capri town, Faraglione & Acro Naturale
Afternoon Evening meal. Free time
Evening
Morning Transfer to Rome for return flight to Ireland. Depending on flights, there may be time to stop in Rome.
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Evening

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Top visits for geography trips in the Bay of Naples

Pompeii

Observe the destructive impact of the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD which buried, and consequently preserved these famous towns. Take in the original streets, houses, preserved human casts, and works of art on display. NST activity sheets provide resources for a honey pot analysis and the opportunity to measure the impact of tourism on the site. We recommend a 2-hour guided tour option.

The Island of Capri

This stunning rocky coastline features the Arco Naturale and Faraglione landforms, shaped over many years by the erosive power of the sea. Resource pack activities include photograph and diagram annotation, field sketching and sequencing. The coastline is accessed via a short ferry ride. A laser boat ride around the island is also available upon arrival to see the coastline formations, and a funicular railway can be taken for a five minute journey up to Capri town. An English-speaking local guide can accompany you, if you don’t have a Field Studies Guide.

Phlegraean Fields

Known by the Greeks and Romans as the fiery birthplace of myth and legend (the entrance to Hades or Hell was said to be here), the Bay of Pozzuoli tucked between Naples and the Tyrrhenian Sea is a giant caldera 12-15km across. Within this caldera is a moonscape of smaller eruptions and concern that this could be the site of a super volcano.

Visit the Temple of Serapis in Pozzuoli which Charles Babage first used to explain the phenomenon of Bradyseism, followed by a walk around Pozzuoli itself, racked by earthquakes in the 1980s and now substantially rebuilt. Pupils will be able to see how the port has had to be extended outwards because of uplift, and how the old harbour is now virtually abandoned.

A visit to the crater of Solfatara (payable locally) gives pupils an opportunity to experience sulphurous fumes, bubbling hot mud and see how the Italians are monitoring for any further signs of eruption. Pupils will get an opportunity to discuss if this is a super volcano.

Finally there is an opportunity to climb Monte Nuovo, formed in a single week or walk around Lake Avernus - a volcanic crater lake. 

The Amalfi Coast

On the southern side of the Sorrento peninsula lies the famous Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where a ribbon of road clings tightly to steep, rugged cliffs interspersed with picturesque towns.  For geography groups there is the opportunity to study coastal landforms and tourism impact.

Pertosa Caves

A fantastic educational journey to discover this Karst cave system which has considerable archaeological value. With your guide, groups will enter the caves on a boat as the entrance is flooded by the waters of the Negro River. Once you enter into the bowels of caves, you will spend 90 minutes exploring inside, including discovering how groups of stalactites and stalagmites are modelled in mysterious shapes. Upon leaving, pupils will visit the accompanying multi-media museum highlighting the biodiversity of the local environments. This is an ideal addition to Amalfi coast drive.

Vannullo Farm Mozzarella Visit

Visit the Vannullo Farm & Dairy on the Amalfi Coast renowned for its outstanding buffalo mozzarella, this is a fantastic visit to deliver a case study on Industry. Your guided tour will provide an insight into all aspects of production and an opportunity to taste the outstanding produce.

Olive & Lemon Mill & Mozzarella Farm

Take your pupils on a guided walking tour of this olive and lemon mill and mozzarella farm in Sorrento. Your group will enjoy a cheese-making demonstration, plus a complimentary pizza and soft drink.

Naples Underground Tour & Museum

There is an entire underground city below Naples - a series of ancient aqueducts that were eventually shut down and used as a bomb shelter during World War II. You can go down a square flight of steps put in place by Mussolini leading down 40m into an actual air raid shelter. The museum is in a huge underground sandstone quarry and contains incredible artefacts and objects found during more than 50 years of exploring the labyrinth beneath Naples.

La Fabbrica Della Pasta di Gragnano

During this fascinating visit, your pupils will learn about the ancient art of making pasta, which has a very long tradition in Gragnano. The location of this small town, between the sea and the mountains, has provided the ideal climate for producing and drying pasta for over 500 years. Here, your pupils can see the production process during a 30 minute guided tour of the factory before receiving a small memento of their visit.

Magic World Water Park

Located off the Domitiana highway in the Neapolitan suburban town of Licola, the Aquapark of Magic World calls itself the largest water park in southern Italy, offering customers a wide variety of entertainment, from the popular wave pool to a 65-foot-high slide that whooshes you down at exhilarating speeds.


Evening activites

  • Bowling
  • Taratella Show
  • A quiz or disco at your hotel (most hotels can provide a room for groups to use in the evenings)

 


Study themes

Human:

  • Tourism 
  • Hazard management 
  • Industry 
  • Cultural diversity
  • Farming
     

Physical:

  • Coasts
  • Tectonic processes
  • Environmental change

Educational resources

FREE Educational Resource Pack 
We understand that you want a study visit that delivers the curriculum. To help you achieve this, our free Bay of Naples Educational Resource Pack - developed by experienced geography teachers - contains a wealth of highly relevant information for you to use before, during and after your tour.

You will be able to use its contents as a pre-visit planning aid, print off full-colour pupil activity sheets for your group to use at each site whilst away, or even refer to its contents post-visit to assist with case study completion.

 


Transport

We offer flights from a variety of departure airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

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Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
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Whilst you're away

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  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
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