Pompeii Travel Guide

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Pompeii Highlights

  • Pro
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     The greatest archaelogical discovery of all time, need I say more? 

  • Con
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     Crowded especially in summertime! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Pompeii is the greatest historical find ever 

Pompeii Things to Do

  • Human Remains

    One of the most impressive sights were the petrified bodies in exhibiting. Reading the guide, Horacio claimed that they were original. It would be too much violent so I told him they were scaled reproductions. He didn't insist and I relaxed. But not very sure. True or imitation, the figures hit they goal - to remember the human dimension of the...

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  • Theaters

    I was somewhat disappointed with the visit of the great theatre: Pompeii references all mention the good condition of the remains found during the site's recuperation. Having seen many Roman and Greek theatres, I was expecting something closer to its original. It is not. Original damaging, pieces collecting for museums, time erosion and...

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  • Temple of Apollo

    This temple is dedicated to Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome and was built by town official Marcus Tullius. Up the first set of steps was the altar, where offerings would have been made to the Emperor, while access up the next set of steps was blocked by a gate.

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Pompeii Hotels

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Pompeii Restaurants

  • Sofas and shade to relieve from heat and...

    It is difficult for tourists visiting the ruins to guess that there is a place to eat and rest, very close to the ruins. In fact, you must have heard about it as no signs are displayed on the main area. If you just walk 5 minutes uphill from the train station and ruins exit, you’ll notice the sun-shaded terrace and the vineyard.The very kind...

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  • Shhh, dont tell anyone!

    I am not sure of the actualy name of the place, however looking on Google Earth this seems to be it, although I dont remember it being a hotel.Trade is not allowed in the walls of Pompeii, a stark contrast to the days of its bustling industry. This is to minimalize on litter in the town, and unfortunately means that the only source of refreshment...

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  • Restaurants round the Scavi site...

    When you visit the Scavi site at Pompeii, you'll notice that there are a few restuarants that have popped up around the area. When we checked the menu listings for these places, we weren't surprised to see that the prices were expensive - but this can be expected as their placed in a very famous area, and receive lots of tourists. My advice would...

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Pompeii Nightlife

  • Pompeii by night

    ***NOTE: this program is currently not running (summer 2007)...please check the www2.pompeiisites.org in the future to see if the program starts back up***There is a program now (running from May to October) wherein the excavations are open in the evening from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.As the website says "A moonlight walk...

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  • Large Theater

    Not really current night life but it was what they had back then. An open air theater where they performed.

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  • Drinks and more

    As we took a bus trip we were at the mercy of the bus driver.Now where else in the world can you pull into a gas station and got to the bar all in one stop.The food and drinks were not bad and I think the driver was getting a cut of what we spent there.

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Pompeii Transportation

  • The train

    Getting to Pompeii and/or Herculaneum is very easy and inexpensive by train from Sorrento (we did) or Naples. Go to the station and ask for round-trip tickets on the Circumvesuviana: you'll want the Napoli-Sorrento line, trains run frequently (although not 24/7) and the trip will take about 30-40 minutes from either place. You'll want to get off at...

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  • Can you say Circumvesuviana?

    Getting to Pompeii and/or Herculaneum is very easy and inexpensive by train from Sorrento (we did) or Naples. Go to the station and ask for round-trip tickets on the Circumvesuviana: you'll want the Napoli-Sorrento line, trains run frequently (although not 24/7) and the trip will take about 30-40 minutes from either place. You'll want to get off at...

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  • Train station

    Train station in Pompeii is a short walk from the city center and to the archeological site, this station is very small which have six platformAt the station, you can leave your bags for €1,50 (collect by 7:00PM in summer, 6:00PM October to February), or leave them for free at the ruins (pick up by 7:20PM). The entrance to Pompeii is about 50m away...

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Pompeii Shopping

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  • cameo necklace

    on entering this shop i was met with an elderly man at a work bench making cameos all shapes and sizes.. he did not speak english but was more than happy to let me watch and even posed for a picture.. i am looking for the name of this shop its on the street outside the main entrence to the ruins on ( Pompei Scavi | Via Villa dei Misteri 2, Pompei,...

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  • pompeii lava jewellery

    I too bought some jewellery from one of the stores on the right, wish i had bought more, cannot find any where else for sale, i think it is actually Austrian crystal they are faceted purple green and blue, am hunting the type of stone down at my local crystal supplier, very frustrating thay are beautiful. Buy the jewellery from the stalls,they are...

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  • Shops at the Pompeii entrance

    Some sellers offering pieces of lava from volcano Vesuvius. Covered with green and purple crystal it look great (better then on the picture). For few € you may buy some like I did.

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Pompeii Local Customs

  • Roman Gods in Pompeii

    Pompeii has many temples in its walls, so I thought I would tell you a little bit about the Gods and Goddesses associated with the town.Venus - Goddess of Love and Beauty - Greek: AphroditeVenus is the patron goddess of Pompeii. She is depicted in many paintings, most famously Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus' (1485), depicting Venus being born...

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  • The Destruction of the City

    The Story of PompeiiIn 79 AD, Pliny the Elder died during the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius. His nephew, Pliny the Younger escaped the destruction of Pompeii and left a written account of the eruption." The carts that we had ordered brought were moving in opposite directions, though the ground was perfectly flat, and they wouldn't stay in place...

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  • Calidarium

    The Calidarium was the first stop after entering a Roman Therme. It was a huge place with a very hot temperature (range from 30° to 60°C), that helps the body to have a skin more elastic and also the blood circulation and the arterial pressure too. it also can be used to eliminate toxins. We can think about a calidarium as a modern turkish bath. In...

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Pompeii Warnings and Dangers

  • The dogs

    While we were there in April 2010 the signs around Pompeii were quite clear. The dogs have started out as strays but have been 'adopted' by Pompeii which has been establlished as a dog sanctuary. All the animals are fed at least once a day, subject to vet checkups and wear red collars to denote as such. Other than this they are left to their own...

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  • Stuff to be Aware Of

    As I've mentioned in previous tips, the site has had some issues with lack of visitor services and general deterioration. The good news is that this is being addressed so hopefully many of the needed improvements will have been accomplished by the time you go. Just in case, here are a few little things you might want to expect:Tour Guides: The site...

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  • LACK OF TOILETS!

    The main Pompeii site is not blessed with a lot of toilets. Most are outside of this huge site. Remember, this was once a city. The main toilets are at the exit. Not very handy. Also there is one not too far inside the site (pictured). That’s about it. I would find the first one and kind of stay focused on where you are. You cannot walk fast in...

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Pompeii Tourist Traps

  • Menu at Brothel

    Erotic fresco. The brothel was named the Lupanare — from lupa (she-wolf), the colloquial Latin term for a prostitute. Prices were posted outside the building, which had three entrances, and the frescoes depict the sexual services on offer.

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  • Guide or No Guide?

    There are official licensed guides at the entrance to the site. Since I had been there on a prior visit (I don't remember whether I had a guide at that time or not), and knew the history of the site and had an idea of what I wanted to see. Plus my grandson had studied about the site and already had some knowledge of it. So I didn't hire a...

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  • Parking in Pompeii

    Obviously this only affects those travellers who have rented a car, and are planning on driving into the Pompeii Scavi area. When we arrived in the area, we were directed into a car park at the bottom of the hill by a guy who looked official. After we'd pulled into the area my husband asked him how much it was to park there, and he said €10 for the...

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Pompeii What to Pack

  • My guide book in Pompeii

    Here it is my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries inAssisi.Casa Editrice Bonechi – Italy. “The Golden Book”. Pompei. 1995, 112 pages.

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  • lots of sun and lots of walking

    Take a good, sturdy bag with you with lots of room. Take some sturdy walking shoes if you plan to see alot of the town. Definately dont go in sandals as you will really suffer. Wear light clothes, but make sure you take things that will cover your arms and legs because of the sun. Also take a good hat to keep the sun off your face. There will be...

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  • Properly Equipped

    Comfortable and sturdy shoes are a must as you'll be walking on stones and down streets 2000 years old. Make sure you have ample film or memory for digital cameras as the archeaological site was much to photograph. A bottle of water is a good idea, especially on a warm day. None is available once you enter the site. Numerous vendors sell snacks...

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Pompeii Off The Beaten Path

  • Ancient Shops and Products

    From Herculaneum Gate, also known as the Saliniensis or the “Salt Gate”, the Street of Tombs begins. This was discovered during the first excavations in the city (1763-1838) and constitutes a complete example of a suburban street lined with villas, shops and sepulchres or tombs.

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  • Villas and houses

    Close to the Casa di Caio Giulio Polibio there is the Fullonica di Fabio Ululirtemulo. It has got two wonderful paintings showing Roman legends: on the right yuo can see Aeneas, Anchises and Ascanius; on the left there is Romulus with the trophy of weapons of the defeated king Acron.

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  • Mount Vesuvius

    When you are at the Pompeii ruins, you can see Vesuvius up close and personal. Vesuvius is a National Park in Italy. View their website for more information, but for now here are two small details. On foot: the ascent begins at the 1000m high parking lot.Follow the signs to the trail... Going to the to edge of the crater -- 6 Euro.

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Pompeii Sports & Outdoors

  • Palestra Grande

    The Palestra Grande was a good place to do your gymnastics - or practice those "track and field" events Roman soldiers specialized in.

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  • Fun and games at the Amphitheater

    The Romans were great sportsmen - they certainly made heroes of the great athletes of their time. No Roman "Sports Illustrated" would have been complete without a full account of the latest battles and massacres at the local amphitheater. Certainly the residents of Pompei were fortunate to have such a splendid facility to observe the spectacle of...

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  • Arena

    Thank God this "sport" is now dead in it's original form. This is the Arena where Gladiators used to fight each other and lions... It is a smaller one, one of the best preserved in the world. When I got in there chils went down my spine... Just imagine how much blood was spilled there for someones entertainment...

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Pompeii Favorites

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  • Victims

    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...

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  • The Entrance

    Once you enter the archeaological area and buy your ticket, you will be approached by guides. Though not 100% necessary, especially if you have a good map, if you choose to hire one, make sure he is government licensed and agree on a price before you set off.

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  • Ruins and history

    Famous at the global level, the excavations of Pompeii is the only archaeological site in the world, along with that of Herculaneum, capable of returning visitors a Roman town, whose life has remained firm to a distant morning in 79 AD, an era from which the Vesuvius decided to cancel by earth orbit. Hour from November 1 to March 31 daily from...

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