Travelling from Naples to Pompeii
It took about a 40 minute train ride from Naples to Pompeii and was only around 12 euros return for the both of us. (A lot cheaper than a booked excursion).
Admission into Pompeii
From the station it is only a few minutes walk to the Pompeii entrance so, don’t be fooled by the people trying to sell you tours that take you straight in and ‘skip the line’ when there wasn’t even one. Also when buying your admission tickets make sure you bring along some identity if you are an EU citizen aged between 18-25. If you show it to them you can get half price entry!
Pompeii was massive! In my mind I had pictured a small village/town but, in fact it took us a whole day to get around and we didn’t even fully see everything. A lot of people recommend visiting for a few days if you are really into your history and archeology. I found all of the buildings, the streets, the monuments and of course the body casts fascinating
and harrowing. It has all been so well preserved.
As you can see in the pictures even the paintings on the walls are still in tact, showing what a vibrant and beautiful place it must have been. I think that if you are in the South of Italy, Pompeii is a must see. I don’t think you will ever find another unique and huge archeological sight like this.
TIPS FOR POMPEII
Some tips for if you go to Pompeii is to wear decent footwear. Exploring the archeological site is a long day and the streets have been well polished due to the amount of foot fall!
You will also need, (depending on the time of a year,) a sunhat and suncream. This is because it is a very exposed place, the day we went was particularly hot.
Finally, of course leave enough time to do it all. Some people try and do Pompeii and Herculaneum in the same day. I wouldn’t recommend doing this as we spent a good full day exploring.
POMPEII VS HERCULANEUM
If you want to do one I would say do Pompeii. I did visit Herculaneum and will also be doing a blog post about it. However, I thought Pompeii was better as it had much more and was a lot bigger.
But if you are a history and archeological geek then apparently Herculaneum is better preserved. This is because of they way it was destroyed compared to Pompeii. The winds severely affected by the first day of Vesuvius’ eruption caused many of the roofs to collapse under the weight of the falling ash in Pompeii. (To be honest though I couldn’t really tell a difference between the two sights!)
Lots of love, Melissa x