14 August 2017, 10:47 AM
Travel to Naples in Italy and discover the ancient city of Pompeii.
The fascination with Pompeii, which draws over 2 million visitors each year, continues to grow. Once buried under the ash from the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD, Pompeii is a fascinating ancient city worth discovering. Schedule a personal or group tour and learn how Pompeii’s Roman citizens lived their lives. As part of the ongoing excavation, plaster has been placed into fill in the voids in the ash layers that once held human bodies. The amazing experience of bringing Pompeii back to life is made real due to this preservation.
Experience a day in the life of Ancient Romans
Pompeii amazes even the most experienced traveler. Perhaps the most chilling sites are the plaster figures of humans cradled in fear, arms wrapped around their shins, enshrined forever as the ash mummified them. Pompeii was is well-preserved that after the excavations over the past 200 years, you can now walk through houses, see paintings on walls, view bedrooms, see ceramic vases used to carry water, and marvel at the town’s layout. View baker ovensand markets stalls where street vendors sold their fruits, grains and vegetables.
Hike to Mount Vesuvius
Unlike other ancient ruins in Rome and Greece, Pompeii is a city still breathing. While the roofs are no longer on the buildings, you can easily imagine how this town looked over 2,000 years ago. For those seeking more adventure, hike up Mount Vesuvius and enjoy the beautiful scenic views over Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. The trail is wide and steady, and the gradual climb makes for an enjoyable walk.
Stay in Naples and tour the Castel Nuovo, where Popes held court in the 1200s, and Castel dell'Ovo, where medieval Napolese Royal families lived. Both sites will give you insight into the historical significance of Naples in the southern Italian region. While Naples is known for being overcrowded and tourists websites warn of pickpockets, the old city area of Naples provides an authentic insight into Italian life. A tour of the 1st-century Castel dell'Ovo provides a wonderful view of Naples where the last western Roman emperor, Romulus Augustulus, was exiled in 476! Visiting Castel dell'Ovo will intrigue and you can begin to understand how Naples’ military and maritime history of this 3rd largest city in Italy.
Hungry? Pizza was born in Naples! Oder a classic Neapolitan pizza and wash it down with some Italian wine. Pompeii is a 45 minute drive to the Amalfi Coast where can visit the beautiful towns of Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi.