Bed & Breakfast Cave Canem
Via Vittorio Emanuele III, Pompeii, 80045, Italy
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Good value B&B in central location
The four of us, grandparents, daughter and grandson, had a very good stay here. The accommodation was perfect for our needs. A double bed and bunk beds for two, a two burner gas hob, fridge, sink and pots and pans. En suite shower room with WC and bidet plus small balcony. Very helpful owners. Good continental breakfast. Excellent location close to the entrance to the Pompei excavations and a ten minute walk to the railway station for trains to Herculaneum (Ercolano).
Directions: Central area close to shops, restaurants, and all amenities. Main square about 5 minutes walk.
More about Pompeii
Freso depiting Isis, from the Isaeum, Pompeii
Site of the municipal offices
Is the Pompeii Ruin open year-round or seasonal? We plan to visit in two weeks (the 2nd week of Feb. 2009).
Appreciate your information!
Pompeii is open all year, although opening times vary.
Information here (for Pompeii, Herculaneum and the other sites):
(in Italian but easy to work out).
From 1 November to 31 March: every day from 8.30 to 17.00 (last entrance 15.30)
From 1 April to 31 October: every day from 8.30 to 19.30 (last entrance 18.00)
Closed 1st January, 1st May, 25th December.
Leics has given you good information.
Maybe it's already obvious, but 'll mention it anyway. It's a good idea to plan your trip on a good weather day as there's almost no shelter, and walking around Pompei's streets in rain is not fun.
Also, it wouldn't hurt to call them to be sure they'll be open on time.
I've been to Pompei five times, and TWICE the workers at the site were on strike (complete with parade and banners), so they opened about 2 hours late, and once the Circumvesuviana (and all the buses in Naples) were on strike.
If there's going to be a strike in Italy, it won't be a surprise. One of the most organized things in Italy are the strikes.
Travel Tips for Pompeii
Make sure and take the time to go inside the residences and discover all the wonderful frescoes. Like my first pic and favourite inside the house of Octavius Quartio, maybe a mini temple to Gods of fertility and well being. My second pic was taken just nearby there and thought maybe this was a painting of the woman of the house. The third pic was a house near the Teatro Grande.
Visit the Vesuvio first
On your way to Pompeï, it is strictly to be recommended to visit the Vesuvio volcano first. At this way you can get a picture of the effect AND the cause of the drama that took place so many years ago. For about € 5,- you can get a guided visit to the top.
On the top you can look into the crater and you can see the damp coming out of the sides of it. It´s fascinating to see the Vesuvio being the only mountain in all the region being totally dry.
The streets of Pompei...specially designed with stepping stones for when they flooded the streets (to clean them I think) and so the chariots could still drive along the streets...
Just imagining what it was like back then is a fantastic part of visiting Pompei. You can almost imagine the chariots and people bustling around this place...
Buying your tickets
You can purchase different types of tickets, and the best deal is to get the audioguide included, but I found it to be cumbersome while trying to take photos and read my Pompei guidebook at the same time as listening to the audioguide
Faces of death
When they excavated the area in and around the city they had found the remains of many people in the last position they were in, choking from the ash. When the bodies were first discovered they poured plaster in the place the body was, which was just an empty cavity now, and they were able to get a perfect cast of the person’s image as well as the expression on their face. There are a few casts on display around the site and there are some in the museum in Naples.