It’s about time I get around to writing about Pompeii! Do not fall for the viatorĀ or “skip the line” bullshit. The tickets at the entry are 11euro and from the time Pompeii opens until it closes, you are free to walk through the entire city in whichever direction you want. Sometimes that’s the best thing about touring certain sites in certain countries.

When I was living in Italy they also had an added perk that on the first Sunday of every month, there was free entry. Although, starting in November during the winter time frame they shorten their hours and won’t let anyone in after something like 1pm, so make sure to go early in the morning if you are visiting then.

dsc_0264Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD covering the city and its inhabitants in pumice and volcanic ash and for quite some time the city lay covered and forgotten. Then, in 1748 excavations began and it was relatively easy to uncover the city because the ash was not hard and compact.

Many artifacts were brought to Naples where they remain in different museums today.

We’re just going to walk through some of the ruins here but this is a pretty vast area and we definitely did not have time to follow all of the rabbit holes in one afternoon. So if you are planning a visit, make sure to get a map at the front desk (or hire a guide if you wish), and set off in whichever direction you choose.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 24When you first walk into the city you can walk down into the Basilica and when you leave there and walk along the fence line you can poke your head and see this beautiful area.


Touring Pompeii, Naples ItalyThe ruins are relatively intact. Even famous statues were uncovered during excavations and pieced back together or restored by famous artists.

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Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 31The interesting part about walking around Pompeii is that you are actually walking down city streets because the walls rise up at least 6 feet tall in most places. I guess I was expecting the ruins to be much smaller but rooms and roads are evident when you walk through.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 23See what I mean, this was a house and some of the walls to reach over 10 feet when you are standing inside of it. Can you find the two people in the photo? I’m one of them!

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 6As you walk out into the city center, you can see there is plenty of room for events and you can see some of the larger buildings and the ruins that are here.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 7 Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 8The scale of Pompeii, was definitely something I was unprepared for. It actually looks like full city.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 18There seem to be quite a few people in this area, but it wasn’t very crowded. This was in March, just before all of the tourists will start come for the summer season.
Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 9In the city center, there are areas set up where you can see some of the people and artifacts that were recovered during excavations.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 20Two people intertwined amidst pottery, tables, and other items excavated from the city.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 34Shelves and shelves of pottery. So many different items found from times past.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 29Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 28Another thing I love about Europe is that they are not afraid to show dead people in a historical context. There is no political correctness needed. This is not offensive. It’s historical.

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Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 10Leaving the city center we walked down some back alleyways and explored a bit more.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 11Then decided it was time to find the brothel.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 12 Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 13Looking down a few side streets. The map was hard to follow sometimes because it was hard to tell which road you were actually on even though the corners are supposed to be numbered.


Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 15Eventually, we saw a group of students and followed them to the brothel.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 3There were these nice paintings on the walls

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 4I mean really nice paintings.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 5Don’t forget this one!

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 16 Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 17I tried my luck. Miguel wouldn’t agree to my terms and conditions, unfortunately. haha.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 30By this time we were all getting pretty hungry so we walked back towards the way we’d come. Although it is easy to get lost in this city.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 32Wow, these columns are still standing and in tact.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 35Steps that lead up into someones house.

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 36Miguel was trying to tell us about this mosaic. It was a good time to run in the other direction before he could notice!

Touring Pompeii, Naples Italy 37Back in the new(er) city center of Pompeii we decided to look up a restaurant for lunch and drive down the road to it.

dsc02981I, unfortunately, forgot the name of the restaurant because it’s been awhile, but the owner was the sweetest old man and he made us fresh food. He even showed us how fresh it was!

dsc02982By the end of lunch, we were completely and happily stuffed andĀ headed back to Naples.

This article first appeared on The Cassey Excursion.

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