School Trips to Explore the Geographical Wonders Of Naples and Beyond

Geography is one of the subjects that lends itself perfectly to school trips. Our huge, wide world is the ideal open-air classroom, and giving students the chance to appreciate their subject in context is extremely worthwhile. Bringing theories into the practical world and testing ideas and models is invaluable in creating broad subject knowledge. As a teacher, having the opportunity to take your students on school trips and out of the confines of a classroom is extremely rewarding. Different teaching methods can be employed and students are immediately inspired and motivated by the new way of learning.

One of the most valuable benefits of school trips is that students are able to make comparisons between their own environment and others. This develops a firmer appreciation of the world, from both a physical and human geography perspective.

Naples Coastline

The Italian coastal area of Amalfi is home to some of the country's most fascinating geographical features as well as an interesting human geographical aspect. Probably most famous for its towering and somewhat haunting Mount Vesuvius, this beautiful part of the coastline is a plethora of stunning villages, gorgeous coastal plains and sheer cliff faces. It is possible to take a guided trip of the crater of Mount Vesuvius, which gives students on school trips the chance to really appreciate the grand scale of the constant threat that looms over the city of Naples and its neighbours. Local people live with a healthy fear of the mountain but like to remain pragmatic about the threat. They make excellent use of its beautiful fertile soils and this area is famous for its wonderful citrus fruits, almonds, and olives. At the top of the volcano the deep throat of the crater breathes audibly and the constant smell of sulphur haunts the entire visit.

Down below is the incredible archaeological discovery of Pompeii. A visit here tells many a story about the disaster that unfolded when Vesuvius erupted on that fateful day in AD79. Students can begin to discuss and consider how the modern city would deal with another eruption on the same scale.

Naples is the capital city of the region and is full of energy, life and interest. The city is divided demographically and reflects the economic divide between the north and south of Italy. Some parts of the city remain very deprived and run down, while others reflect the improving economy and have been rejuvenated and given a new lease of life.

The coast is dramatic and is yet another geographical aspect students can explore. Take a boat trip to Capri, just off the coast and identify the many natural features that make this place so special. From the water students can really grasp the sheer beauty and intricacy of the coastline. This spectacular part of Italy will keep students busy and involved and they will return home both enthused and motivated.