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Optional Trip to Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, and Naples

Update! Check out the full photo album from the trip on the Umbra Facebook page!

This past weekend, forty-four Umbra students hopped on a private bus and headed south for a three-day trip. It wasn’t for a class this time, though: the goal was to relax before exams. The first stop was Pompeii, where students took a two-hour guided tour of the ruins and ate a quick lunch before hopping back on the coach for a scenic, one-hour ride to Sorrento, one of the most scenic cities in all of Italy. Some students chose to walk through the scenic back alleys, while others took the time to wade into the bright blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

The next day, everyone roused themselves in time to hop on a ferry to the scenic island of Capri, which has been a vacation spot for the rich and famous since before the Romans. You can see why, too: the white cliffs dropping off into the water on all sides, beautiful rock formations and natural arches and, of course, the Blue Grotto. A lot of students took boat tours around the island and into the various grottos; Ian and Mauro rented a motorino and cruised the island. After a quick ferry trip back to Sorrento, everyone gathered for a dinner at the hotel and then got ready to enjoy some Sorrento night life.

At the top of Capri!

Sunday morning, everyone went into Naples, first taking a tour of the city’s more famous areas on the bus and then continuing through the main piazzas on foot with two professional guides. For lunch, most students stopped off at Pizzeria Brandi, perhaps the most famous pizzeria in the world and the one that is purported to have invented the margherita. One lucky/bold student even ducked into the kitchen and earned herself the chance to make a pizza in the legendary forno a legna!

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