During the Easter half term, 21 students travelled to Sicily, Italy to enjoy a five day cultural visit travelling around archaeological and historical sites.
Pupils took part in a number of excursions around Catania, a UNESCO World Heritage site, starting with a boat cruise to the islands of Lipari and Vulcano which form part of the Aeolian archipelago. Pupils studied some amazing coastal geological formations and even took a local guided tour to two active volcanoes, Stromboli and Vulcano. For those able to brave the strong stench of sulphur, some of the group even enjoyed a volcanic mud bath!
On their third day of the visit, pupils made their way to the top of Mount Etna. There was snow as they reached the summit but despite the cold, pupils witnessed several excellent examples of craters, volcanic bombs and lava flows. After their descent, the group was offered the opportunity to visit a local vineyard to sample some of the delicious local food; the bread, salami and salsas certainly went down very well.
The pupils were intrigued as they walked through the city of Catania, learning about its fascinating history and religious buildings. In the evening, pupils were treated to a pizza-making tutorial run in a local pizzeria where they made and learnt to toss their own dough.
The final day of the visit was spent exploring the Valley of the Temples, an ancient Greek ruin, and another important archaeological site in Siracusa. The history of the sites came alive with the help of a local guide and made for a memorable end to the visit.
The trip was a great success and the diverse mix of Geography, culture, food and history was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who took part.