Okay, so Jeff finally made it to Pompei. I've been meaning to visit for quite some time, but finally did in Nov 2002. I was quite impressed, and all the reading I did prior to the trip really made it more interesting. Bottomline - The people of Pompei were brilliant, and made some extraordinary contributions during their day.
It's better to go during summer months when the ruins are open until 7:30 p.m., as they close at 5:00 during winter months.
Now that you’ve seen the museum collection, head to Pompeii. Pompeii is one of the world's best-preserved towns of Ancient Rome.
Pompeii can be visited on a day-trip form Naples, Sorrento and even Rome. It can also be visited in transit (from Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast to Naples or Rome for example.)
From Napels, take the inter-city train heading to Sorrento. About half way to Sorrento, you’ll reach Pompeii..
Pompeii is a ruined and partially buried Roman city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. It, along with Herculaneum (its sister city), was destroyed, and completely buried, during a catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days on 24 August 79 AD.
The volcano collapsed higher roof-lines and buried Pompeii under many meters of ash and pumice, and it was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1748. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire.
The ruins of Pompei are very near the city of Naples, just take the Circumvesuviana train to Scavi di Pompei.
The area is huge so you might want to hire a guide (possibility to do this on site) or at least take a map of the area with you.
At the firts glance it seems to be dark and dangerous. But by the way of the visit, it begin to became astonishing. Under the lights the town seem to born again. You can really see the people living here and working and go back to their houses. I wanted to stay there all the night, but it was impossible. Every tourist (and neapolitan) must live this experience.
This is a model of Pompei. When I saw this model, it was understood how come we were so tired after walking around Pompei and yet have seen only a small frycture of it! That's right! It's HUGE!!!!!
I'd heard that Pompei is very beautiful and eerie at night, but I visited it in the day nonetheless. I saw, on display, a few plaster-filled lava-encrusted bodies of Pompeians killed by Mount V, that served as a wildly irrelevant example, by a Napolitan mother standing next to us, of punishment for naughty little boys. "You biricchino!! (which I think roughly translates into 'you naughty little devil!')That's what will happen to you if you are naughty again!" - she apparently told her bug-eyed kid, as was translated to me..
The 20,000 citizens of Pompeii were killed by the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius on the 24th August 79AD. For three days the eruption continued and when it stopped the city was covered in 7 metres of ash. It remained concealed until 1594. The major excavation work however did not commence until 1748 and continued for 150 years.
visit Pompei, stay there for one day, do not forget the museum, you must take a train in fron of the gate, to another site, the detail are all in the information paper which you can get from the gate. and you have no right to just buy the ticket for the ruins, must also buy all the tickets for all the sites there, if you have not enough time, that is quite unfair to you, like us, we did too. but do go to Vesovio. see crater.
Take a train and visit Pompei, the ancient Roman city buried by the eruption of the Vesubio volcanus in the year 79 a.C. and discovered in the XVIIth century almost intact. Before going to Pompei I hadn't read much about it, so I didn't expect too much of that visit. When I visit Pompei I discovered a whole Roman city almost new. Most of the city is so well preserved that it's difficult not getting astonished. I though that I would see little pieces of houses, palaces, streets, temples…, like I am used to about visit Roman runes where I live in Catalonia, and then I saw complete structures. You can't miss a visit to Pompei, probably one of the most beautiful and large Romans ruins that exist. The Teatro Grande stands for me as one of the most beautiful buildings in Pompei although the Casa del Fauno, the Foro Civile, the Anfiteatro or the Via dell'Abbondanza are other sightseeings. It's better to go during the evening when it's not so hot although you will need minimum a couple of hours to see it properly. Remember to take some water and a cap or something to protect yourself from the sun.
The exhibits contain several mosaics, which are very intricate. It's amazing what those people accomplished in the first century and earlier.
Two cities destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Please see my travelogue on Pompeii for more information.
Visit Pompei! it'll help you understand how an old city worked. When I visited it, there were some places closed due to excavations.