Pompeii and Herculaneum 2017


The Pompeii and Herculaneum Trip 

Saturday 6th May - Sunday 7th May 2017

Salvete omnes.

In the early hours of the morning of Saturday 6th May 30 members of the Association, ranging in age from 23 to 89, dragged themselves out of bed to meet at Gatwick Airport at 4am. We had an action-packed weekend visiting the key Roman sites of the Bay of Naples, which many pupils and alumnae who have been on the Classics trips have already seen. Highlights included seeing the remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the towns that had been destroyed by the eruption of mount Vesuvius in ad79; but we particularly enjoyed witnessing the amusing moment when Mrs Sophia Ridley, former Head of Classics, had a run in with the local police in the Naples Archaeological Museum because a local tour guide took objection to her leading a group on his turf!  Luckily, she managed to talk her way out of a tricky situation and we didn't need to make a visit to the local police station.  In true St Catherine’s style we did have a diplomat and a lawyer in our group who were ready to step in to help if needed.

The weather was glorious and the visit to Villa Oplontis was a perfect end to the trip. Everyone really enjoyed seeing the iconic sites, which are synonymous with ancient Roman civilisation, and we all left for home feeling that we had a much greater understanding of what Roman life was really like.

“Thank you for organising such a truly wonderful trip, which I thoroughly enjoyed.I thought it was incredible value for money and so well organised and thought out.

I thought the party size was ideal and such a lovely mix of people. All of the places we visited were amazing.  Although it was a lot to fit into a weekend, I thought the timings were perfect for me as I wasn't away from the family for too long.”

Dilys Price (current parent)

“Thank you so much for arranging this wonderful trip. I had such a wonderful time and the group were all so interesting to get to know.”

Shan Morris (1981) (former parent)