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Naples and Mount Vesuvius

Rome & Sorrento school trip, Italy

The unmissable highlights of Rome, Sorrento and the Bay of Naples including Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius. See the classic sites and explore the abundance of ancient Roman and Greek ruins of the regions for yourselves!

  • Key stage 3 - 16+
  • Year round

Combine Rome & Sorrento on our Italian highlights school trip

With an overwhelming amount of attractions and notable sites in Rome, it's easy for teachers to feel daunted by the prospect of trying to fit everything in. That's where our expertise comes in, having years of experience organising classics and geography school trips to Rome, we can guide teachers to the most important attractions and create an itinerary that maximises your time at each site.

This Rome and Sorrento highlights school trip means your students can explore further afield. Rich in history, the Bay of Namples region was first settled by the Greeks, then the Romans and is dominated by the summit of Mount Vesuvius, one of the few active volcanoes in Europe.

Bring your lessons to life as your students marvel at the grandeur of the Colosseum, explore the ruins of Pompeii and gaze over the wonders of Rome from Palatine Hill. The abundance of classical ruins and breathtaking scenery draws schools back to the region every year and will continue to inspire your students long after they return home. 

We can tailor your itinerary to your unique learning requirements, please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Suggested 5-day/4-night Rome & Sorrento highlights itinerary

This is our suggested Fast Track itinerary. If you would like to change the duration of your trip or choose different excursions, just contact us for a bespoke quote.

Day 1 - Rome 

  • Depart the UK on your flight to Rome. Arrive and then meet your transfer. Check into your hotel and then straight out to: 
  • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - don't miss the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms (additional charges apply).  
  • Pantheon - a beautifully preserved classical monument which is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.    
  • Dinner in a local restaurant  

Day 2 - Rome 

  • Breakfast and then a day exploring::  
  • Colosseum - Rome's most famous landmark.  
  • Roman Forum - another place you must-see in Rome (Colosseum ticket includes entry to this amazing ancient site).  
  • Palatine Hill - offers amazing views of Rome. Augustus, Cicero and Marc Antony all lived on the Hill so you are in good company.  
  • Dinner in a local restaurant  

Day 3 - Sorrento 

  • Breakfast and then check out of your hotel and meet your coach and make your way to Sorrento via: 
  • Herculaneum - though the ancient town is not as big as Pompeii, Herculaneum is in far better condition because the structures were preserved in mud rather than volcanic ash. A favourite destination for students and teachers. 
  • Check into your hotel and then have dinner 

Day 4 – Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii 

  • Breakfast and then meet your coach to experience: 
  • Mount Vesuvius - the volcano is currently dormant and school groups can walk up to explore the crater and take in the beautiful views over the bay (additional charge of €8 to reach the summit payable locally)   
  • Pompeii - possibly the most famous of ancient preserved cities and a must-see for any school excursion visiting the Bay of Naples.  
  • Dinner and overnight  

Day 5 

  • Breakfast and then check out of your hotel and meet you coach and make your way back to the UK. 
Capri
Capri
Herculaneum
Herculaneum
Vesuvius crater
Mount Vesuvius
Naples
Naples
Paestum Campania
Paestum
Rome Pompeii basilica
Pompeii
Piazza Duomo Amalfi
The Amalfi Coast
Villa Oplontis
Villa Oplontis
Certosa di San Giacomo
Certosa di San Giacomo
Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill
Inside the Colosseum Rome
Colosseum
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
Sistine Chapel
Sistine Chapel
Trevi Fountain Rome
Trevi Fountain
Vatican museums
Vatican museums
Villa Jovis
Villa Jovis
Capri

Capri

Take a boat over to the beautiful island of Capri, too small to get lost in yet big enough to spend an entire day there. On the island, you'll find the Certosa di San Giacomo monastery and Villa Jovis, Emperor Tiberius' most impressive residence.

Herculaneum

Herculaneum

Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum is the sister city of Pompeii. Herculaneum is a popular visit with our groups because it is better preserved than Pompeii as the city was buried in mud rather than volcanic ash - and it tends to draw fewer crowds.

Vesuvius crater

Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is the only Volcano on mainland Europe to have erupted in the past 100 years. The volcano that destroyed the city of Pompeii is now a National Park, and you will walk up to the incredible crater and see beautiful views over the bay!

Naples

Naples

The Old Town of Naples with its narrow streets is definitely worth a look. A visit to the cathedral is highly recommended as the traditional services are led by monks. Generally known as the Duomo this 13th-century gothic cathedral dedicated to Naples' patron saint San Gennaro, is supposed to house the two vials of his coagulated blood.

Paestum Campania

Paestum

Founded in 6th Century BC, Paestum is one of Italy's most important archaeological sites. The ruins of Paestum are famous for their three ancient Greek temples in the Doric order, dating from about 600 to 450 BC, which have been very well preserved.

Rome Pompeii basilica

Pompeii

Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried under meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The preserved site features excavated ruins of streets and houses that students can freely explore.

Piazza Duomo Amalfi

The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi coast offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Italy making it an unmissable photo stop at the very least. Explore the Piazza Duomo, the cathedral and tropical garden.

Villa Oplontis

Villa Oplontis

The Villa Oplontis, located near the city of Naples and Pompeii, is thought to be the home that once belonged to Poppaea Sabina, who eventually became the wife of Emperor Nero. The remains of the villa have some beautiful murals which have held up pretty well in the wake of Mount Vesuvius's devastating eruption.

Certosa di San Giacomo

Certosa di San Giacomo

Once in Capri, head over to Certosa di San Giacomo, a former monastery with a church. It is a preserved historic site and doesn't draw too many crowds, but the views are magnificent.

Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill

A trip to Palatine Hill is usually combined with a visit to to the Colosseum and Forum. It offers amazing views of Rome and was home to ancient figures such as Augustus, Cicero and Marc Antony.

Inside the Colosseum Rome

Colosseum

The impressive Colosseum is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman monuments and certainly one of the most recognisable. It was built to host 50,000 spectators and today your students can go inside and explore the site for themselves.

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is a complex of towering remains of a marketplace and other prominent government buildings in the historic centre of ancient Rome.

Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel

The jaw-dropping Sistine Chapel is the most famous chapel in the world, not least because of its grandiose decorated interior. It's worth visiting just to see Italian master Michelangelo's "The Last Judgment" on the altar walls.

Trevi Fountain Rome

Trevi Fountain

The Fontana di Trevi or Trevi Fountain is the most famous and arguably the most beautiful fountain in all of Rome. This is definitely a spot that students will want to stop at for a photo opportunity!

Vatican museums

Vatican museums

Within Vatican City, there is a complex of Christian art museums that display some of the most important collections of Roman sculptures and Renaissance-era masterpieces anywhere in the world. The works have been collected by popes throughout the centuries.

Villa Jovis

Villa Jovis

Villa Jovis is one of the sites we recommend visiting when you're on the island of Capri. A former Roman palace, the villa was built by emperor Tiberius.

Our European school trips include:

  • Board and lodging as specified in your itinerary
  • A detailed itinerary with pre-booked excursions
  • Your choice of return travel; coach travel, with ferry crossing, applicable tolls and taxes included, or return flights and overseas transfers
  • Free teacher to student ratio approx 1:8 (coach trips) / approx 1:10 (air groups)
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Assistance with inspection visits

Extras to budget for:

  • School to airport transfers and meals en route (if required)
  • Visa charges and supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults
  • Local tourist taxes which can only be paid in cash to the hotel
  • Entrances other than those specified in your itinerary
  • Hotel damage deposits

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