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trip to pomeii
We are staying in Maiori next week and are planing a trip to Pompeii. Could anyone advise us as to wheter we should book a guide with our holiday rep or make our own way there? Also how to get there from Maiori would be helpful. Thanks
Re: trip to pomeii
Having looked at where exactly Maiori is, you might be better off going on an orgnised tour.
However, if you want to travel independently you'll need to get to Sorrento. Taking the bus from Amalfi seems the only feasible option (the journey is wonderful, takes about an hour) unless you want to pay for a taxi all the way.
Then you can get the frequent Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento station (you can catch the Amalfi bus there o the way back too). The train journey takes about 30 minutes, and the station (Pompeii Scavi) is more-or-less directly opposite the site entrance.
Circumvesuviana timetables here:
http://www.vesuviana.it/Reteeorari/Ferrovia/Orario (linea Napoli-Sorrento).
Amalfi>Sorrento bus here:
Re: trip to pomeii
Following on from Leics reply, I add my two cents worth..... regarding the tour booked through your tour rep, how long willyou have in Pompeii? Depending on your interest, you should ask yourself if this is long enough. Mind you, if you do the trip independently, you might only have the same amount of time when you consider the length of the trip in total, together with connection times and so on. At least the tour will get you there and back but if you are only going to have an hour or so on the site, then you can manage to have more time if you plan the trip yourself. We were there in February and the site was very quiet. However, at this time of year I should imagine it will be busy, there will be lots of people and it will take you much longer to move around. The leaflet that you are given when you buy an audio guide (recommended) outlines routes 2,3,5 and 7 hour visits. Taking a medium view, I would think that 4 hours would give you a good overall visit, without having to rush around. Don't forget to take water, and if you can, something to eat so that you don't have to rely on the cafe.
Travel Tips for Pompeii
Go with a guide
Pompeii is so large and spreadout and it all looks very much the same. There are various routes you can take ranging in the number of hours they take and what areas they cover. My top tip for this is that you must go with a guide becasue they will point out things that you wouldn,t recognise if you went by yourself. For instance they will point out what various buildings are eg the laundry, brothels, restaurants etc. Otherwise they all look the same. They will also so point out murals on the walls, markings in the road etc. if you go by your self you are likley to miss these things. Going with a guide means you get to see everything and you can make the most of your visit.
General Information About Travel to Pompeii
Being one of the best archaeological sites, you should have expected that it would be expensive to tour this place. While not as bad as I thought it would be, it still came to
10 Euro for entrance. While a guidebook comes with it free, it hardly delves into the history of the place. That’s why I got the audio guide, and I think you should as well. While listening to the entire audio guide would probably take 10 hours, I preferred to walk around at my leisure, picking out places of interest to me on the map and going there. At every important site, there is a small number corresponding to the audio guide number and explanation. This way you do not feel like you are stuck in fixed tour, and if there is one of those damn tour groups at a site, then you can skip it and come back on your own time. The audio guide was 6 Euro for one, or 2 for 9 Euro, so it helps to be in a small group.
The site is open daily from 8:30-19:30 from April to Oct, and 8:30-17:00 from Nov to March. The ticket office closes 1 1/2 hours before these times, and you would not get to see hardly anything with only an hour here.
The Market Place
The Macellum was a large building complex containing a covered market and many assorted shops located inside and outside. A fish pond sat in the middle.
There were three separate areas at one end where a fish market and perhaps a room for refreshments was located. In the center was a space dedicated to the Imperial family, Octavia (sister of Augustus) and Marcellus (son of Octavia).
It is thought that some of these shops might have belonged to money changers.
Pompeii Admission Fees and Hours
Here is some detailed information about Pompeii. The entrance fee is currently set at 10 euros, free admission for only EU residents. Here are the sight hours:
November ? March, daily from 08.30 to 17.00 (last admission 15.30)
April - October, daily from 08.30 to 19.30 (last admission 18.00);
Closed Jan, May 1st, and Dec 25.
You can get there:
Access Pompeii via Porta Marina: from Via Villa dei Misteri or from Piazza Esedra
Piazza Anfiteatro: from Via Plinio and Via Roma. Call--39.081.8575347
The Victims of Pompeii
This poor unfortunate victim did not escape the volcanic halocaust. Instead, he was overcome by the noxious fumes, scorched by the tremendous heat then covered with pumice which hardened. This picture shows a "cast" formed by the victim's body.
On our tour of Pompeii, we were asked who we thought these victims were? Someone hazard a guess that they were servants who were directed to stay put to watch over the property of others or those who waited until the last moment to attempt an escape. Both scenarios probably apply.
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