Following class 5’s trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius it was time to put pen to paper. As part of the bi-lingual programme the children produced an essay or tema in English or Italian. Here is some of the children’s work.
A Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius
by Cameron MacGillivray
Thursday morning was the day I had been looking forward to for ages : the trip to Herculaneum or course! Herculaneum was an ancient Roman town which had been destroyed by Vesuvius, a terrorising, life-threatening volcano. I you look at it now, you would think it is just a large mountain with a valley in it. But no, not then! In 79 BC it viciously erupted and destroyed and killed everything in it’s path.
It was eight o’clock when we finally arrived at school. Not the whole class was there, even though it was now already ten past (Honestly, I just couldn’t wait any longer…). Finally everybody had arrived. Yes!
Time to go.
Hoping to get in the back of the bus to be with all my friends, I got in. Sadly, no luck. Oh well, I still sat next to Pablo. We didn’t talk much, he was listening to music, I was not doing much: just reading and looking outside.
After two and a half hours of boredom, we arrived. We met our guide called Gabriella who was going to show us around the ancient town.
We saw all sorts of things. One of them, domi, rich peoples houses. In the center of the atrium (the roofless room in the middle of the house) there was an impluvium, a shallow, little pool that collected rainwater. At the back of the house there was a tablinum (or something like that) which was the place where people discussed important matters. They were usually very well and expensively decorated so when people would pass the house, they would look straight into the it and see how rich the owners were. What show offs! No changes today.We also visited some insulae: flimsy apartments that were unstably built and would often burn down. Quite risky in my opinion.
After an hour of heat and sweat, it was time to cool down. We ate a tasty lunch under some olive trees. Ahh! That’s the life. Slowly, clouds filled the sky. Not little clouds, but huge rainclouds. Time to go to Vesuvius before we soaked up there. Boy, Was I ever wrong.
Walking up the volcano, it was getting very cold. I even had a bit of trouble breathing because of my asthma, so I took it easy.
When we arrived at the to, the guide told us a bit about the two eruption. She had to rush though because a dangerous Storm was coming.
We took the same bus home. It was a much nicer ride. We sang songs and Tommy made hilarious jokes.
It was a wonderful trip. Can’t wait till’ next one!
An Awesome TRIP
(Because for once This Trip Wasn’t An Epic Fail)
by Pablo Murphy
“Pablo, WAKE UP!!!”
I was in the middle of a fantastic dream but obviously the phrase I hate most of all:
“Wake Up” had to ruin it… again! But wait, there was something that could cheer me up, of course, today was the trip to the Roman Town of HERCULANEUM!!!
So I started to make a plan of what I could do and a list of what I should take: Music, books and my mouth of course so I could chat a lot! Oh , wait more good news, Dad was gonna take me to school and that is quite unusual for me. Anyway lets get on with it otherwise this account will take longer to read rather than watching TITANIC!
I arrived at school, obviously I slept in ( as usual) and we all got on the bus, and guess what I started doing as soon as I sat down? I took out my Mp3 and started listening to music for the rest of the voyage.
Gabriella, an unusual name, but that was the name of our guide who was going to guide us around the ancient city of Herculaneum. She took us past houses that had a pool, lucky them, wish I had a pool in my house.
Every house had at least a fresco, and I can assure you that they were fascinating. They all had fancy colours and were made beautifully!!! Then we went to see the bedrooms that were so tiny that not even a double bed could fit in there. To think think that now we have Maxi Mattresses!!!
Everything that I saw was amazing, I seriously was gob-smacked!!! Fortunately I didn’t see any hooligans stealing or vandalising anything… Luckily!!!
The city was lovely but it was starting to rain and we had to get to M.Vesuvius’s crater, so we quickly got onto the bus and Vesuvius, here we come!! Vrum, Vrum… We arrived, not to the crater, the bus had taken us only half way up and we still had half a volcano to climb. But there was one problem, today I was wearing my Converse shoes, and with them I’d slip for sure, and if someone got to film them they’d put it on The World’s Most Stupid Records 2014! But I tried my best and only tumbled a few times and when we got to the top I was exhausted, but when I got a view of Vesuvius I couldn’t decide between fainting or fainting.
But Nooo!!! We could see lightning so we all rushed back down to the bus and we all started on our way back home, unfortunately!
On the way back we sang and had fun, hmm, when’s the next trip???
A Magnificent Trip
by Francesca Fioretti
Last Thursday class five went to Herculaneum to see the archeological site of an Ancient Roman town and to Vesuvius,the volcano,which destroyed the city of Herculaneum and Pompeii.One of it’s eruption was in 1944 and the last one in 79B.C.
When we arrived there a guide called Gabriella took us to the archeological site of the ancient town of Herculaneum where we saw “domus” which were the houses of the rich people and we also saw the “insulae” which were the houses of the poor people.The guide said that there were more “insulae” than “domus” because there were more poor people than rich people.The floors were made of mosaics and there were skeletons laying on the floor ( in same houses).They made me feel sad and made me think what had happened in those days.After the archeological site we went to Mount Vesuvius. We had to climb to the top of the mountain and we went up to the crater and I discovered that it is not a whole but a big circular valley.When we came down we went back to school. It had been a magnificent trip!!!!!!!
Herculaneum and Vesuvius Trip
by Marco Carrara
At 8:00 am we were on the bus and went to Herculaneum, I was so excited. When we arrived, the guide, Gabriella , showed us videos about the eruption of 79 AD of Vesuvius which covered Herculaneum with ashes. Now we know about Herculaneum and Pompeii because Pliny the younger saw and wrote about the eruptions and what happened. I couldn’t imagine how crazy you could become while Vesuvius was erupting. Gabriella took us to the ruins of Herculaneum I saw skeletons covered in ashes that looked like mummies! It was so cool walking through ancient paths. The guide showed us the insulae, the poorer apartments that our teacher Ms Joanna had taught us about it, and I couldn’t believe that now I was walking on them! There was a wall with frescoes made with an amazing colour the pompeian red.
Herculaneum was really great but I couldn’t wait to go to Vesuvius. We arrived at the crater of Vesuvius walking along a path. Up near the crater there was a guide that told us about Vesuvius. The crater was enormous and we tried to shout all together “Sofiaaa” and there was an echo. Unfortunately it was raining and we had to go away so we returned to the bus. It was a fantastic day and returning with the bus we had a great time singing and laughing. It was the best trip ever!!
Una bella gita é stata quando siamo andati a Ercolano e al Vesuvio ma non sarò paragonabile A quella che farò a Giugno a Viterbo al campo Etrusco, dove dormirò! Ma comunque, finora questa è stata la gita più bella della mia vita! Per prima cosa siamo saliti sull’autobus , pensavo che sarebbe stato un bel viaggio, ma invece il viaggio è durato circa due ore e mezza e non avevamo niente da fare , che noia, ma finalmente quando siamo arrivati a Ercolano abbiamo tutti guardato il vesuvio, era favoloso! Non vedevo l’ora di andarci! Appena siamo arrivat a Ercolano Ms. Joanna ci ha presentato la nostra guida: Gabriella , ci ha spiegato cosa ci doveva mostrare e dove dovevamo andare , ma prima ci ha anche mostrato due video! Il primo su l’eruzione del 79 A.D , il secondo video, invece sull’eruzione del 1994. Dopo di questo, siamo andati a visitare le rovine: appena siamo arrivati abbiamo puntato gli occhi sugli scheletri dei Romani. Abbiamo anche scoperto che li si poteva simulare di vivere durante l’impero Romano. Appena abbiamo finito di visitare le rovine Gabriella se nè andata, mentre noi siamo andati al Vesuvio. Quando siamo arrivati abbiamo scoperto che dovevamo camminare tantissimo e sotto la pioggia! Quando mi sono affacciato nel cratere ho scoperto che non è un buco, ma una valle gigante. li poi abbiamo comprato dei souvenir e degli snack. Questa è stata una bella gita.
Quest’anno abbiamo fatto tre gite, una a Roma, alla mostra di Modigliani , l’altra a Marino, dove abbiamo fatto il vino. L’ultima gita è stata la più bella, ad Ercolano, e sul Vesuvio. Siamo partiti da scuola alle ott e abbiamo raggiunto Ercolano verso le undici. Appena siamo arrivati, abbiamo camminato e ci siamo fermati a mangiare davanti al museo, e intanto aspettavamo la guida. Finito il pranzo, è arrivata la guida, siamo entrati nel museo a vedere due video sulle due eruzione del Vesuvio. Dopo siamo andati a visitare le case degli antichi Romani, erano tutte molto belle, ma quella che mi è piaciuta di più è stata una domus, che aveva delle colonne ed era rimasta un po’ di pittura. Ercolano mi è piaciuta molto ed è stato bello entrare dentro le domus. Dopo siamo andati nel pullman e ci siamo diretti verso il Vesuvio, giunti sul monte abbiamo iniziato a camminare e quando eravamo quasi arrivati ci siamo fermati in un negozio che vendeva souvenir ed ho comprato una scatolina con delle pietre del Vesuvio ed una penna. La salita era un po’ faticosa perchè dovevamo raggiungere il cratere a circa 2.000 metri d’altezza, ma ne valeva la pena perchè da la sù era un vero spettacolo vedere il golfo di Napoli. Il cratere era molto grande e ai lati usciva un po’ di fumo. Più tardi siamo scesi e siamo saliti sul pullman per tornare a scuola, dove i nostri genitori ci aspettavano. Questa gita non me la dimenticherò mai.