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Students Soak Up Italian Culture in the Historical City of Pompeii

During Notre Dame’s annual Enrichment Week 14 students took the opportunity to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Naples, Italy.

Students left Leeds bright and early on Saturday 30 June to begin their journey to the ancient city. On the itinerary for their first excursion was a visit to the beautiful island of Capri, famed for its rugged landscape and stunning ‘Blue Grotto’, a dark cavern in which the sea glows electric blue due to rays of light passing through an underwater cave!

The group visited the historical sights of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii, and Herculaneum. Vesuvius is one of a number of volcanoes that makes up the Campanian volcanic arc, and is well-known for its volcanic eruption during the Roman period that buried the surrounding cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Emily Howes, one of the students on the trip, said, ‘I would strongly recommend the Italy trip to any A level Geography or Classics student, or anyone who simply wants to experience Italian culture and history. The Isle of Capri is by far one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, and provides many photo opportunities too. All in all, I relished my time in Sorrento and will definitely be returning in future!’