Pompeii, Italy

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Pompeii is an ancient Roman city, located near Naples in the southern Italian region of Campania.  Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. Pompeii was buried under a thick carpet of volcano ash in the year 79 A.D., when Mount Versuvius erupted.  This volcano eruption also destroyed the nearby city of Herculaneum.

What makes Pompeii so fascinating is that even to this day you can still see how the city was left after the volcano eruption.  You will experience the buildings, artifacts and even the skeletons of the people who once inhabited this ancient town as you walk through the city of Pompeii.

Pompeii is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

How to get to Pompeii?

The easiest way to get to Pompeii is by taking the train from Naples or Sorrento.  The city can be reached by ‘Circumvesuviana’, Naple’s railway system.  Take the Naples-Sorrento line after getting to the local train station.  Your final destination will be the Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri station, which will leave you very close to the Pompeii ruins.  There is another stop called ‘Pompei’, which is a longer walk and takes you to the ‘modern’ part of the city of Pompeii.

Additional Tips

Upon arrival at Pompeii, make sure to grab a map or hire a tour guide as the site is huge and very confusing.  It will definitely save you time to hire a tour guide to walk you through the site.  Also note that during the Summer months, it gets extremely hot and there is rarely any shaded areas so be sure to dress light.

For additional information, please visit the Office of Tourism of CampaniaItalian Notes, one of my favorite blogs about Italy also offers very valuable information on traveling to Italy.

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Comments

  1. Gosh, you are one lucky person to have been here. This report is so interesting and the pictures are out of this world. I can’t wait to read the next entlry.

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