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Old Palace students receive first-hand experience of the ancient Greek and Roman world.

During half term, 34 students in Years 10-13 from Old Palace School set off for the Bay of Naples. During their four-day Classics and Geography trip, the students and staff visited a Roman and a Greek archaeological site - Pompeii and Paestum (both of great significance), two volcanoes: Solfatara and Vesuvius, and on the final day the Archaeological Museum of Naples.

During the trip, the students visited a buffalo farm, which plays music by Mozart to its buffaloes as it is thought to improve the quality of their milk. This was followed by a delicious tasting session of fresh buffalo mozzarella and what is thought to be the best ice-cream in South Italy.

The trip enriched the students’ understanding and appreciation of the ancient Greek and Roman world, as well as their geographical knowledge.

‘The Bay of Naples trip gave us the opportunity to experience the settings of the ancient town, Pompeii. It was amazing to be able to walk through Pompeii exactly as it stood when it was destroyed nearly 2000 years ago. Overall, a fascinating and enjoyable trip’. Isobel, Year 13

‘The Bay of Naples trip gave us the chance to learn about both the Greek and Roman culture and history in this region of Italy. I really enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot’. Zara, Year 13

‘The Bay of Naples trip gave us the opportunity to walk on the crater of a volcano. A completely unforgettable experience!’ Natasha, Year 10

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