Miss C Burnham, Curriculum Leader Design and Technology, writes:
Very early (and by early we mean 4am) on Sunday 16th of July, 40 students and four staff met at Luton airport ready for the enrichment Food Tour to Italy. After months of excitement and anticipation, we were finally there. Arriving at Naples airport, we headed off for the day’s activities. We were met with the amazing sight of Mount Vesuvius as we drove towards Pompeii. We were due to hike up to the top of Mount Vesuvius but sadly, due to fires at the bottom in the national park, this could not happen, although some students seemed pretty happy that they didn’t have to hike in the intense heat.
Our first stop was to see the archaeological excavations of ancient Herculaneum, followed by a visit to the MAV museum, a good introduction to the history and culture before we headed off for a traditional Italian lunch with a singing waiter as a bonus! The visit to Pompeii was amazing, taking in the sheer size and expanse by walking from one end to the other. Day two was a hydrofoil ride to the beautiful Capri; boat rides, sightseeing, a ride on the funicular, high temperatures and plenty of ice cream was had by all. Later that day we returned to Sorrento for a tour of Frantoio Gargiulo Olive Oil mill where students found out about the whole production process, followed by plenty of taste testing! Day three was a fantastic visit to the Afeltra Pasta factory, a wander round the streets of Sorrento and an authentic pizza-making lesson. Students did a fantastic job at making the pizza from scratch, cooking them in an authentic pizza oven and then sitting down to enjoy their lunch. After a few busy days, day four was at a slightly slower pace with a visit to Fattoria Vannulo buffalo farm to meet the buffalos and taste the mozzarella and then it was time to hit the beach for an afternoon of relaxing. The trip was an enjoyable packed visit of culture, history, food and fun! All we need to decide is where the food department will be going next year!?