Beyond Vesuvius

The Bay of Naples was inhabited well before the Romans. Oscans, Samnites, Etruscans and Greeks all contributed to the area’s unique history which we will trace from the Bronze Age to the present day, focusing on ancient sites. The area rewards us with unsurpassed natural beauty, an abundance of exciting archaeological wonders and a wealth of history and culture still pulsating around and beyond Vesuvius. We will travel to many famous and less known sites including Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, Boscoreale, Oplontis, Cumae, Pozzuoli, Sperlonga, Paestum, Capri, Ischia and Naples and include some of the most recent discoveries and new museums.


  • Hybrid (F2F & Online simultaneously)


  • Beard, M., Pompeii: The life of a Roman town (London: 2008)
  • Blanchard, P., Blue Guide: Southern Italy (London: 2007)
  • Cooley, A.E. and Cooley, M.G.L., Pompeii: A Sourcebook (New York: 2004)
  • Lancaster, J., In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A cultural history of Naples (New York: 2005)
  • Osborne, R., Greece in the Making 1200-479BC (2nd ed) (New York: 2009)
  • Wallace-Hadrill, A., Herculaneum: Past and Future (Princeton: 2011)


  • The Geology of the Bay of Naples
  • Greek colonisation in the Bay of Naples – Pithekoussai (Ischia) and Cumae
  • The Etruscans and Romans in Campania
  • The north western coast – Pozzuoli, Misenum, Baia, the Phlegrian Fields
  • The Eruption of Vesuvius – a geological perspective
  • The history of the excavations and excavators.
  • Pompeii and Herculaneum – some unusual perspectives and the latest excavation and museum news
  • Oplontis and Stabiae and some ongoing archaeological work
  • Capri and Paestum
  • Naples, Capua and Caserta

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