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School Trips to Naples and the Surroundings
Naples (or Napoli) is the capital of the Campania province in southern Italy and was founded by the Greeks more than 2,500 years ago. Today, the city is rife with history, culture and art and its center has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mount Vesuvius

To the east of the city sits Mount Vesuvius, which is the reason why many schools choose to visit Naples. The volcano's infamous eruption back in 79 AD destroyed the settlement of Pompeii at its base, although there have been numerous other tragic incidents in its history.

About nine kilometers (six miles) from Naples, it's easily reached by coach from group accommodation in the city. The summit is open to the public, and can be accessed by road to within 200 meters although visitors must walk to the crater from this point.


After seeing the volcano, it's intriguing to visit the remains of the town it destroyed. Thanks to the volcanic ash that kept it buried until the 18th century, Pompeii has been beautifully preserved for almost 2,000 years and the excavated town has been frozen in time.

Visitors can get an excellent look at Roman life in the 1st century and almost feel as if they are living a day in August 79. The site attracts more than 2.5 million visitors each year, many of whom leave with lasting memories of the streets and artwork that has survived uniquely through the centuries.


Naples is also celebrated for its pizza and the popular meal is supposed to have originated here in the 16th century when the tomato was first brought to Europe from the American colonies.

One of the local specialties is the Neapolitan Pizza Marinara - the oldest of the pizza varieties - which is baked simply with tomato, oregano, garlic, olive oil and basil. Affordable and delicious, a Napoli pizza makes a great way to finish a day of sightseeing when returning to your Naples hostels.
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Before settling down and becoming a copywriter for HostelBookers.com Paul Scottyn did a backpacking tour of Italy, he checked out a variety of the country's budget accommodation, including a number of most Naples hostels.
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