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Geography school trips to Ischia

Geography trips to Ischia

The stunning volcanic island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples remains relatively unspoilt compared to its more famous upmarket neighbour Capri and retains a real flavour of true Campania Italy. It offers a wide range of natural attractions, from thermal spas and hot springs to stunning Mediterranean beaches with crystal clear waters along with picturesque towns, such as car-free Sant Angelo with cobbled streets. It is nicknamed ‘L’Isola Verde’ (The Green Island) due to its rich vegetation and also has several vineyards perched on the mountain side.

The medieval Castello Aragonese is a major land mark now accessed via a long tunnel or by elevator. Along with the imposing Mount Epomeo, with its white lava covered peaks, make for a stunning arrival by boat from Naples.

Famed for its thermal water since ancient times, the volcanic Ischia is the largest of the Phlegrean Islands in the Bay of Naples. Whilst no volcanic eruptions have occurred on the island for over 700 years, seismic activity continues. The resulting thermal spas, hot springs and volcanic mud are now the main draw for the island’s thriving tourist industry and are an excellent way for students to learn more about geothermal energy, as well as the impact of human activity on the environment. The island is also densely populated, so makes a good case study for living with volcanoes.

Unspoilt Ischia is a great alternative to the more widely explored Sorrento area and can easily be combined with a stay on the mainland & the highlights of the Phlegrean Fields, Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. Linking to the learning outcome of understanding the inter-relationship between geographical phenomena at different scales and in different contexts, taking a tour to Ischia will get your students thinking like geographers!

Suggested Itineraries

Itinerary 1

    • day


      • Fly to Naples
      • Arrive at Naples airport & transfer to Naples pier
      • Depart by boat to Ischia
    • day


      • Full day visit to Monte Epomeo
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      • Full day visit to ‘La Mortella’ Gardens
    • day


      • Walk Ischia’s south coast, rich in hot springs and natural fumaroles
      • Visit Sant’Angelo, Fumarole beach, spa Cava Scura
    • day


      • Depart to Naples airport
      • Fly back to UK

All venues are subject to availability & suitability of the repertoire

N.B The basic 'from' prices do not include excursions, for a full package price... Request a quote >>



Hotel Santa Lucia

Hotel Santa Lucia

  • Fantastic waterfront location
  • Close to town centre and local beaches

This well-appointed hotel offers basic, but comfortable accommodation, in an exceptional seafront location.

Location: On the waterfront in Forio on Ischia?s west coast, about 7 minutes walk from Forio d?Ischia?s harbour & about 10 minutes walk from the nearest beach. 500m from Forio centre with its shops monuments and restaurants. Around 1km to Citara beach, one of the most beautiful beaches of the thermal park. The hotel is 7km from the port of Ischia.

Facilities: TV and games room, terrace, wifi, 2 swimming pools (one of which is covered)

Accommodation: 47 ensuite 2-4 bedded comfortable rooms with hairdryer and TV.

Meals:Full board including continental buffet breakfast, packed lunch & evening meal

Quick Tip: This is just a small sample of possible accommodations available. Please contact us for more information.

Subject Specific Excursions

Monte Epomeo

The highest mountain in Ischia, a 787m high mountain of volcanic origin with 360 degree views of the island, Naples, Mount Vesuvius, Capri & Sorrento. At the top, visit the beautiful church of San Nicola, carved into the mountain.

La Mortella Gardens

This splendid garden on existing rocky lava formations is skilfully landscaped with many water features. It houses more than 3000 rare exotic plants.

Sant’Angelo, Fumarole, Cava Scura natural springs & Maronti beach

Visit the southern tip of Ishcia, historic Sant’Angelo, the access point to Fumarole beach, the hot beach in Ishcia where people cook food under the sand; Cava Scura natural springs & the largest beach on the island, Maronti.

Phlegraean Fields

The most populated active volcano on earth, believed to be the home of the God Vulcan. Visit one of the oldest ampitheatres of the Roman Empire in the Ancient City of Puteoli (today Pozzuoi) & Lake Avernus, the entrance to Hades.


Choose a clear day to visit Mount Vesuvius – only 6 miles from Naples – and follow the trail to the top. Be prepared for colder weather at this high altitude!


Visit Pompeii and discover the rich and elegant Roman resort which was buried in an eruption of Vesuvius in AD79. The excavations in this extremely important Roman city epitomize some of the best Roman art. Book a local guide who will bring the city to life and ensure you don’t miss the main areas of interest.

Quick Tip: If you have an excursion in mind which you don't see listed, please get in touch so we can do our best to arrange it for you!

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