Southern Italy, or Mezzogiorno, extends into the very heart of the Mediterranean, and possesses a very different character to the north of the country. Long known as the ‘Two Sicilies’, the south of Italy really is La Dolce Vita  at its best, and is a varied and engaging destination for a school tour.

For classicists and ancient historians there is a wealth of history to discover, from ancient Greek temples in Paestum and Syracuse, to the sprawling Roman ruins of Pomepeii and the imperial villas of Capri. The richness of the culture also makes it an excellent destination for those studying Italian, not to mention home economics and art, and geographers will revel in the exploration of the region’s volcanoes and other geological wonders such as the famous Blue Grotto.

The variety of southern Italy makes it the perfect destination for an interdisciplinary tour, and whatever your learning objectives, the charm and beauty of its rugged coastline and Mediterranean architecture are sure to inspire in your pupils a love of all things Italian.


Pompeii and Herculaneum

Possibly the most famous archeological sites in the world, these two Roman towns provide an unparalleled glimpse of Roman urban life during the Pax Romana. Tragically devastated by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, the towns were unusually well preserved under layers of volcanic ash for 1,500 years, and now stand as a fascinating example of first century Roman architecture. These excursions are highly recommended and are absolutely essential for those studying Ancient History.

Vesuvius and Solfatara

Vesuvius’ most famous eruption was in 79 AD, but it remains mainland Europe’s only active Volcano. It is accordingly a fascinating visit for those studying geography and geology, as is the nearby Solfatara volcanic crater.

The Amalfi Coast

Only accessible by the picturesque coastal road, this mountainous coastline is synonymous with Southern Italy, and contains a string of picturesque villages including Amalfi itself and Positano. Nearby the seaside town of Sorrento and the exclusive island of Capri are also must-sees!