After an early start from One we arrived in Italy to start our adventure. The sun was shining and the Mediterranean climate gave our arrival a real holiday feel. We spent the first afternoon eating lunch whilst looking over the cliffs and investigating how Mozzarella is farmed and shaped. It was a small industrial aspect to show how different cultures manufacture food goods.
The second day took us to the Isle of Capri; thankfully the sea crossing was calm and the tour around the island via a laser boat was truly amazing. We were shown many coastal formations and sped through an arch!
The day was great and we saw evidence of glacial events and their impact on sea level fall. We walked to another sea arch approx. 120m from current sea level, this showed where sea level could be predicted to increase to. Staggering.
The island had the bluest sea and the sea caves were full of specific biodiversity that consisted of red corals. Really dramatic scenery.
The epic walk all the way to the top of Vesuvius was tiring but equally exhilarating. It certainly was a long way up in the heat 26 degrees and with a gradual 40 degree gradient up above 1000 metres. The crater didn't fail to impress with gas rising from within the crater showing just how active the volcano still is. Within the crater area you were able to see the past tephra layers, on the walk up the lava flows were still very obvious from the 1944 eruption. The specialist equipment used to monitor and manage the volcano today were good to see and provided us with hope that should it wake up we would be informed.
Congratulations to all students for making the journey to the top. Thank golly for the ice cream available once we reached the crater!
Pompeii in the afternoon was equally fascinating and chilling. The casts of the people that have been found were a real reminder of how dangerous volcanoes can be, the city housed 20,000 people most of whom never escaped. A very scary thought.
It made us realise the power of nature and the hope that hazard management exists that would never allow such a disaster to happen today.