Oh Pompeii. Another world famous destination of the world. This historic place of Campania region does not need any introduction. Although for the sake of this blog, I am going to go ahead and do it anyway. You can of course find more informations in the world of web anyway. Just like everyone else I myself as well had ‘That’ question in my head.
Why Pompeii is so famous?
In short, long long time ago in 79CE(Common Era) Mount Vesuvius, erupted. Which covered the ancient city of Pompeii with almost 6 meters of ashes and volcanic debris. That’s not the crazy part. The eruption was so fast and strong that it killed about 16000 people. And they were buried alive under the lava, including the city itself. When the city was rediscovered in mid 17th century by archeologists, the city stayed pretty much exactly same as it was 2000 years ago. Thanks (but no thanks) to the volcanic lava of the eruption.
There were actual human body, animals, fruits, breads, household items, the statues, monuments, writings the the houses all remained almost intact. Simply, walking around inside the site of Pompeii is like riding a time machine back to 2000 years ago.
We have seen many old monuments and old ruins in Rome and around Europe. But, Pompeii is something else. An entire village, almost fresh and intact (including people and animals) of 79CE, is just extraordinary. Surreal. And we had to see it with our own eyes. And the trip to the famous Unesco WORLD Heritage site, one of the biggest and most important site in the world of Archeology, was a marvelous experience.
Our Journey from Lecce, Puglia to Pompeii, Campania by 3 separate train rides. Took us about 6 hours. Almost 4 hours in a high-speed train and rest by the other two regional trains. The journey was pleasant. Except a few delays. But it was not a big issue.
Our apartment was approximatly 9 minutes on foot from the station. Our room had space for 4 people to sleep but not enough kitchen space and accessories for one person to cook. That evening, we did about 3 Euros of groceries to cook our 2 lunch and dinners. Not breakfast, because it was included.
Buying tickets for Pompeii.
We already knew that tickets were available at the entry of Pompeii’site. But we went to “The Only Official Tourist Office” of Pompeii city. Yes, there will be many “Private” Tourist office will try to sell you guides and tours or skip the line tickets. Those people near gate with big yellow jackets, will literally cross the line to convince you to buy their ‘Services’. We didn’t need any help except a map.
DOWNLOAD OFFICIAL FREE MAP OF POMPEII
We actually downloaded the official guide before going (Link) . Personal opinion, group tours are pain in the Bottom. No freedom of roaming around, staying in a place for bit longer for photography or observation.
A very subjective suggestion: Do not take group tours. And read in advance about Pompeii from Google or YouTube for free, because you won’t find much informations on site, and then, enjoy the freedom.
I promise you though: those agents near the gate, WILL be very very annoying. But it’s up to you. We avoided them by saying, we have everything we need. With a smile of course. The actual Tourist office was already helpful and easy to find : It is in front of the local church, after crossing the little park. That church has a long name. Pontificio Santuario della Beata Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei. Pontifical Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei, in English. From where we collected our map. And the lovely lady at the office was very very helpful.
She informed us that,
Price for adult is 16.00 Euros. People under 25, would be 14.00 euros. We unfortunately were not under 25. Sigh. We reached at the site. Bought our tickets.You will may need to skip the line during summer or holiday but definitely not in January. The counter gave us another set of Maps. And for there we started our journey. Few quick informations before I get to the photo Gallery.
* No big bags are allowed.
* Bring your own food and water. There are vending machine within the site but they can run out of products.
* It takes about good 3 to 4 hours to visit Pompeii.
FINAL WORDS BEFORE THE GALLERY
Enjoy the photos of Pompeii. After the visit, we headed strait to the apartment. We had another extra day which we have spent doing nothing and making this blog together. Our Last stop of Italy : Napoli.
Here is the photo gallery of the Archeological site of Pompeii.
Thank you for looking at the Photos.