Make Maximum Use of Your Time
It is worth getting up early in the morning so that you arrive at the site at opening time or very soon after. That way you can get ahead of the crowds. Even in February, there are a lot of people around.
The site is huge and it takes some time to figure it all out. We worked in two quadrants (or that should be, two halves) which involved stopping off at the snack bar (the loos are here) after Quadrant 1, having a restorative, and then going on to Quadrant 2. Get a map of the site from the booth where you can hire audio phones (Euro 5). I think the audio phone is a good idea as there isn't much info at the locales themselves.
Be prepared for not gaining access to quite a few rooms/buildings - it can frustrating to have a long trek to be twarted by a padlock!!
The Euro 20 three day ticket that gives you entry to five sites in three days is a good option. Also, those resident in the EU have free entry (and to the other four sites) upon production of proof of citizenship e.g. passport, identiy card, even the NHS Health Card.
There are loos at the entrance.
Wear comfortable shoes! Take water. Be reconciled to not seeing everything, even after spending an entire day on site.
Pompeii is relatively large and you should wander around yourself. Guides wil slow you down and only limit your viewing. Perhaps follow another group and then go off on your own.
I wish I had done that; would have seen more.
You will need a few hours. Frescos
The Victims of Vesuvius
Over the cobbled streets, the buildings, the forum, and even vesuvius itself, the first thing most people think of is the dead bodies. Everywhere in Pompeii there are the plaster casts of the bodies of the victims of the eruption.
Created by italian Archeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli, the plaster casts give a horryfying insight into the last seconds of the lives of the Pompeiian Townsfolk. As the ash fell on Pompeii, it covered the still living bodies of the Townsfolk. The people of Pompeii would have then suffocated to death in their Ash coffins. As more and more Ash fell, the weight would have compacted the Ash around the bodies and made it solid. Long after the people had died and rotted, the Ash was left in the exact shape of the people. Upon discovering these cavities in the Ash, Giuseppe Fiorelli injected Plaster into them, and when it had set, set about on the hard task of shipping away the ash, leaving the plaster cast behind. The resulting 'statues' thus show the people of pompeii at the exact moment of their death. Many have their hands over their mouth, and many are seen on the ground, reaching out for some unknown saviour.
They show the unrelenting mercylessness of nature, as you can see men, women, children, and even pets, including a dog, which died still tied up by its lead. I will never forget these bodies, as even though the plaster is rough, and the finer detail is gone, you can still see the absaloute horror on some of the faces, and the sorrow on those that had given up, and were waiting to die.
A Local Tour Guide is a Good Idea
We had a local tour guide narrate our travels back in time. He was great at answering our questions and probably showed us the parts of this city we could not have identified on our own. However, I do wish I had purchased a map before I began the tour and marked the areas so I could more easily identify my photos. Also I wished I would have purchased one of those “tourist specials” booklet about Pompeii.
Tacitus & Plinius
PLINIUS the Younger, a famous writer of that time
reported about the eruption in 2 letters sent to TACITUS.
And that way we have a rather exact information about the
Tacitus and also Plinius are well known to anyone who had
the " priviledge " to learn Latin...