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A Guide to Visiting Pompeii

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by PerthKel (subscribe)
I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
Published December 28th 2019
See the place that Mount Vesuvius covered in ash
Pompeii was an ancient Roman city located a 25min drive or about a 40min train trip from Naples. The city was buried under around 5 metre of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The city, as it now stands, is a frozen snapshot of the day it was covered with scientists even finding bread still in uncovered ovens.

Getting to Pompeii itself is fairly easy - you can drive it, take a train from Naples (there's a train station right outside the entrance gate at Pompeii) or you can join one of the many day trips from Rome.

When you get to Pompeii, you have a variety of options on how to get around the actually city;
1. You could try getting around with the map provided
2. Hire one of the tourist guides
3. Hire a local to walk you around
4. Hire an audio guide

I walked around with the audio guide and this would be what I would recommend. Not only does the guide explain what you are seeing, you can do your touring at your own pace.

There are heaps of things you could take pictures of, but one thing I found looking over mine when I got home, many look the same and most of them I couldn't remember why I took the photo.

I loved visiting the city. I did this as part of a larger tour and got to spend a number of hours walking around - but I barely scratched the surface of what there was to actually see. I'll be going back again some day.


All in all, a great place and well worth the visit. A beautiful place - very scenic and the history of the place is so very sad and yet incredibly well preserved.

Please keep a couple of things in mind if you are going to visit;

First - Pompeii is vast and deserving of more than a couple of hours.

Second - The map you are given shows the location of the buildings described in the guide together with street names but when you start walking around trying to find things you realise that there are almost no street name signs to help you locate yourself.
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