You can easily spend a day in Pompeii from Naples, travelling there by train with locals and other travellers alike. The journey takes around 41 minutes and during the week there are 32 trains a day from Napoli Centrale. Pompeii is an easy destination to be included on any Italian holiday e.g. you can visit Pompeii in a day from Rome by train where the journey takes on average 2 hours.
We would recommend spending at least 10 days visiting the major cities of Italy. One thing is for sure, that Italy is so easy to travel by train.
To be honest, we were not quite sure what to expect when we arrived at Pompeii. Was it going to be an ‘over the top extremely busy tourist destination’ or ‘dense with busloads of tourists that you can’t move or can’t hear because of the many loudspeakers’? Although August is a peak month we were surprised to find that it was not that busy. The day was extremely hot and steamy and we were glad we had enough water with us.
Tour guides are plentiful at the entrance and there are many options for self-guided or DIY tours. We chose a blend between a tour guide for a 2-hour tour and then we wandered around the ruins again on our own.
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A List of Day Tours Available to Pompeii
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Have you read the novel by Robert Harris on Pompeii.
The New York Times said “terrific, gripping”.
We enjoy researching a destination before you travel, whether it is a dedicated guidebook or a novel based on true facts we like to have some background knowledge.
The City of Pompeii was buried under ash in the year AD79 when Mt Vesuvius erupted killing over 1000 people. On August 24 of that year, Vesuvius awoke from one of its longest slumbers, catching the people of Pompeii by surprise. The eruption was apocalyptic, all life at the foot of the volcano was wiped out and even the memory of the lost cities soon faded.
The location of Pompeii:
We arrived in Pompeii on 24th August 2013 and around mid-afternoon, we experienced the fury of a storm where we had to run for shelter in a nearby ruined villa. It was very eerie as strong winds and torrential rain bucketed down, creating rivers along the main streets. If this was the fury from a storm one can imagine the fury of a volcanic eruption. We took shelter in the same locations as they would have done all those years ago. How many bodies of Pompeii perished that day?
It is the only archaeological site still mostly intact today that we can envision what life was like in a Roman city during this era. We had so many questions! What were the last days in Pompeii like? Did they have any warning of the danger that was brewing?
The resultant burial of ash over the 44 hectares enabled most of the buildings to be preserved. 12,000 citizens did live in Pompeii at that time that we know of making up a total of 12 tribes. They were well known for the construction of buildings, creating the first coins, the alphabet and democracy.
The small theatre inside the grounds of ancient Pompeii is made from volcanic stone from Mount Vesuvius. There was a hierarchy according to our class where you could sit. The first steps were allocated for the leading citizens, the middle steps for the middle class and the upper steps for foreigners and women.
The streets of the city of Pompeii were made up of many layers of material due to the pressure that the chariots created. Note the large sidewalks on both sides, they provided safety for the residents from the running water and garbage.
There were two sectors located in the bathhouse; one for males and the other for females. They were frequented early afternoons and became the social centre of Pompeii. Double-wall and double floors where steam would circulate around became the heating. The men’s sector was larger than the women’s.
The Forum where storm clouds were ominously collecting the afternoon we visited.
The centre of Pompeii, the Forum, was the economic, religious and political centre of the city.
The prostitutes were called Lupa, named after the She Wolf. Mattresses were made of wool, feathers and leather and were laid on the slabs of stone.
The many frescoes that lined the wall of the brothel were the menus that were offered by the girls. They had a pimp his name was Leone.
To find the location of the brothel follow the penis signs placed on corners of streets and buildings. A penis located on a house’s wall was considered good luck.
Mount Vesuvius was originally one peak, now it contains two peaks, one is an actual crater. When Vesuvius exploded it sprayed fire stones which bombed Pompeii and its peoples.
Casa Degli Amorini Dorati belonged to one of the wealthiest family in consisted of two atriums and two gardens. On the walls were many frescoes dated around 80BC. The gardens contained herbs, ornamental flowers and flowers grown for their perfume.
The ground floor of Casa Di Paquio Proculo, one of the wealthy families.
One of the food stalls located in Pompeii, this was for BBQ meat. The families lived above.
It was constructed back in 80BC and was capable of holding up to 12,000 spectators. Circus shows and gladiator games were held here.
Most of the people of Pompeii died on the seashore after fleeing from their homes. The few who stayed behind suffocated as they clambered their way to their underground passages beneath their houses. The moulds of their bodies were obtained by pouring liquid chalk into the cavities left in the layer of ash surrounding their bodies.
Cost of Getting to Pompeii from Naples by Train
Cost of a train ticket from Naples to Pompeii (alight at Pompeii Scavi) From Euros 3 per person each way. There is a train that runs every 30 minutes from 6 am to 9.30 pm. You can check the timetable out for ItaliaRail here.
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Hotels in Pompeii Italy
Hotel del Sole: Via Pilio 15 Pompeii
Forum Hotel Naples: Via Roma 99 Pompeii
Hotel Pompeii Resort: Via Aequasolsa 16A Pompeii
B & B Elena: Via Minutella 43 Pompeii
B & B Elena: Via Plino 50 Pompeii
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