Geography Students take on Mount Etna

40 Geography students visited Sicily for four days in March to see Mount Etna (also referred to as ‘Mama Etna’ by the Sicilian locals). The students journeyed to learn about the widespread effects on the region from living in the shadow of the most active volcano in Europe. 

The second year students witnessed ancient lava flows, entered a lava tube and climbed up to the top of Mount Etna. The students also visited the historic commune of Taormina and learned about the ancient theatre before taking part in a pizza-making class and indulging in some gelato.

While exploring the cultural wonders of Sicily, the Barton Peveril students stood out for their respectful demeanour and engagement with their surroundings. In a heartening encounter, a British tourist approached the group to express his admiration for their professional behaviour. 

Sharyn Peters, Student Progress Advisor, speaks:

The students learned a lot from the trip, especially from our guides, Lilly and Martine. Arriving at the volcanic crater on Mount Etna amongst the black volcanic rock, deep snow and volcanic steam was a highlight of the trip.

Second year students Abi Lucas and Emily Webster described it as 

A trip full of awe and opportunities to experience things you’ll remember forever.

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