Italian Summer Vacation Series: A day at Pompeii

Pompeii is one of the world’s most unique historical sites to visit. Most of us learned in grade school about the devastating volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius in 79A.D. that left this village completely buried for over 1,500 years before its rediscovery and initial excavation began. But seeing this uncovered village is an unforgettable experience and an incredible view into the past.
Pompeii is now a UNESCO World heritage site and open to the public for an entrance fee of 11 euros. It is a perfect day trip from the Amalfi coast or Naples and the train will drop you right off at the entrance.

Here are a few helpful tips for when visiting Pompeii:

  • Bring lots of sunscreen, a pair of sunglasses, a hat, and SPF chapstick (there is not much shade to be found here and it gets extremely warm in spring and summer) A thing of cooling wipes or mist is also not a bad idea
  • Bring a small backpack or drawstring bag to carry all this in
  • A refillable water bottle is also a must to have with considering the warm temperatures; there are spots along the way to refill with drinking water

Wear good walking shoes. You will be trekking along gravel paths on foot for about 4 to 6 hours to see everything
Sculptures Pompeii Italyruins pompeiiBy the end we were pretty exhausted and ready to head down to the Amalfi coast to take a refreshing dip in the ocean. What we learned there in one day was unbelievable! Seeing all the ruins, artifacts, sculptures, and even bodies preserved so perfectly from for thousands of years is something that must be experienced on a trip to Italy.

If you missed Monday’s Milan article, check it out here!

Next week we’ll be sharing the beautiful coastal cities of Positano and Amalfi!

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