A GROUP of 25 pupils from Years 8 and 9 headed off to Italy for a geography and classics trip during half-term.
As well as seeing some of the famous sights around the Naples Bay and Sorrento region, we visited the island of Capri.
Our first sight was Solfatara, a small volcano with boiling mud pools and hot steam vents inside a large crater.
Our tour guide dropped a small boulder rock and, when it hit the ground, we could hear a hollow echo from beneath us – very scary!
We were told this was due the rock composition and not the fact that the ground was hollow beneath us.
We headed off to the Anfiteatro Puteolano, the third largest amphitheatre in the world, surrounded by what looked like a graveyard for Roman masonry.
We were allowed to see where the gladiators and savage beasts would have been kept and explored the underground passageways and holding areas.
We went to Pompeii, one of the Roman towns destroyed by Vesuvius erupting in AD 79.
One of the highlights was that we were able to look at Caecillius's house, someone we have been studying in Latin.
We also went to see the Forum, amphitheatre and the outside of the Roman baths before venturing up Mt Vesuvius.
On the stunning island of Capri, we learned that the Roman Emperors used to live here, visiting Augustus's Garden, as well as the world famous Carthusia perfumery, and the row of world famous Italian designer shop.
A truly memorable day was capped off by taking the boat back to the beautiful Sorrento harbour.
On our final day, we visited Herculaneum, another town destroyed by Vesuvius in AD 79. It was a lot closer to the volcano than Pompeii.
And it had been covered in boiling mud so it was better preserved.
It used to be right next to the sea, but after the eruption it was pushed many miles inland by the lava solidifying in the cool sea.
This town was far more affluent that Pompeii and the building are beautifully preserved and provided a good contrast to Pompeii.