It’s about time I get around to writing about Pompeii! Do not fall for the viator 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.
Mt. 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.
The 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.
There 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.
In the city center, there are areas set up where you can see some of the people and artifacts that were recovered during excavations.
I tried my luck. Miguel wouldn’t agree to my terms and conditions, unfortunately. haha.
By 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.
This article first appeared on The Cassey Excursion.