On August 24th 79 A.D Mount Vesuvius erupted, pouring lava and hot ash over the bustling city of Pompeii. Approximately 2,000 people perished and the town was preserved in a cast of hot ash. Although a tragedy, this preservation allows us to see how everyday life in the ancient city used to be. The need for exploring the lost city of Pompeii is a must.
On the way back from the Amalfi Coast to Naples Airport, we made a pit stop before our flight. Pompeii is located less than 30 mins from Naples making it easily accessible for a half day (or even a full day) trip.
The cost to enter is 11 euros or you can buy the ticket bundle for 20 euros which is good for 3 days and allows you entry into the 5 main archeological sites (Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Boscoreale, Stabiae). Parking lots are located right across from the main entrance areas. Parking for the day was about 15 euros.
Our visit at Pompeii lasted 3 hours. We saw a ton, but I honestly wished we had a bit more time (maybe an hour or two).. and even a tour guide. There is so much to see it is hard to pin point the best sites. Visitors come and spend days visiting Pompeii – so you can imagine how big this place is. To help us we bought a guide book and utilized the free maps the museum offered.
It was rainy during our visit but that did not stop us from seeing the top spots in Pompeii. I could write a small novel explaining the history and what each picture depicts- but I will not bore you with the details. However I will let you know which were my favorites and a must during your visit:
- Garden of the Fugitives– The saddest site but nonetheless important. Here are 13 bodies (well the casts of the bodies) of a family trying to flee the city from the lava and hot ash towards the sea.
- The Temple of Venus– Little of the temple remains but it was built on the side of the city that faced the ocean so the Goddess of Venus could view the ships
- The Forum– This was the center of the town and included shops and municipal buildings. There is a lot to see here including rooms of old pottery and huge statue replicas of the gods. Lots of selfies.
- The Forum Baths– This was the site I was most excited about- the baths! All the different chambers and frescos on the walls were amazing.
- The House of the Tragic Poet– This is the site where the famous mosaic of the black guard dog is located with the saying ‘Cave Canem’ or Beware of the Dog.
- The Large Amphitheater– This guy is smaller than the colosseum but older! Yep! It was supposedly built in 2 BC!
- Asellina’s Tavern– Think ancient era fast food. Large masonry counters were located in the front of the buildings near the street with large terracotta vessels to store warm food.
Ever since I learned about Pompeii in my Latin classes in High School, I have dreamed of one day visiting. Pictures cannot do it justice and it was much larger (with way more to see) than I ever expected. I hope you decided to add it to your itinerary if you find yourself near Naples and the Amalfi Coast!
If you are looking for more pictures and info on our trip around Italy I have posted a ton and still have so much to share with you guys! Check out some of our time in Venice – here (more coming soon), visit to the islands of Burano – here and Murano – here, Climbing Florence’s Duomo- here, Tuscany’s Vignamaggio Winery- here, Tuscany’s Montefollonico, Tuscany’s Montalcino, Rosewood’s Castiglion del Bosco, Tour of the Vatican with Walks of Italy – here, Food Tour in Trastevere Rome With Eating Europe- here, the best way to see the Colosseum in Rome – here, Roaming the hidden gem of Aqueduct Park in Rome – here, a quick trip to the island of Capri- here. Also check out our long layover in Istanbul Turkey – here!