One of the draws for me to go to Naples was to see Pompeii. I had seen this ancient city in school books and on TV and have been intrigued ever since. Pompeii is pretty well known and I think most people know the story that in 79AD Mt. Vesuvius had erupted covering Pompeii and its people in ashes. The people were preserved by the ash and lack of air. The city was essentially lost for hundreds of years until its rediscovery and has ever since been a tourist attraction for visitors everywhere. I think what makes Pompeii so interesting is that we can get a peek into the day to day lives of these people and we actually have a visual of a human form and not just bones. One of the pictures I took is of a body crouched and praying. How sad and beautiful.
It is very easy to get to Pompeii if you are staying near the Capodichino Airport in Naples. You take the airport Alibus, to the first stop which is the train station. Walk (very fast) through this area and the train station is on your right. At the train station, there are many shops selling tickets to Pompeii. I just bought a ticket and then you head to the second platform on the train to Sorrento (Sorrento is the last stop and Pompeii is pretty much in between Naples and Sorrento). It takes about 30 minutes to get there by the train. Once I arrived at my stop, I could see tons of tourists everywhere. Solo travel isn't a problem here and virtually everyone is a tourist. Once you get off of the train, the site of the ancient city is literally a few steps away.
The tickets are about 12 Euro and you can also get an audio tour guide or a human tour guide which I recommend and wish I would have done in the first place. Why? Because this site is huge. It's an entire ancient town and the maps are basically useless and confusing. It's very difficult to find your way around and identify points on the map. Though I didn't have a tour guide, I managed to find what I was most interested in...bodies.
|My rating of Pompeii|
|Mt. Vesuvius looming in the background|
|The preserved bodies|
|The Amphitheatre of Pompeii is the oldest surviving Roman amphitheatre|
|I love the colors in these tiles|
I think I spent about 3 hours walking around the city. I was kind of expecting to see bodies on the sidewalk frozen in a crawling position. I don't know why. But in reality they were in the Forum behind bars or behind glass. I either missed an entire section of bodies or they are in museums. I have the feeling that I didn't see them all but I had gotten my fill of Pompeii for the day. What a great experience, especially to just absorb the history and explore on my own.
Nest Stop: Sorrento, Italy
What would you look forward to seeing most in Pompeii?
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