Words: Yours truly • Photos: David • Location: The Archaeological Site of Pompeii
So… I’m in Italy, for the first time in about six years. I started writing this blog on the train from Naples to Rome, and here I am finishing it off in our Airbnb in Monti where we’ll stay for the next three, four days or so.
During our stay in Naples, we paid a visit to the ancient archaeological site of Pompeii – that was the main reason why we went to Naples and we had the best time, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather for wandering around the streets where the Romans once walked or rode. Of course, having experienced this incredible world wonder, I obviously had to blog about it: so here are five things I think everyone should know before their visit to Pompeii…
one You may / may not need a guide
Before you enter the site, you’ll encounter plenty of ‘tour guides’ outside trying to flog all sorts of tours – but trust none of them!
The only official guides operate on the other side of the gate. From what I could tell, they all seemed to be very knowledgeable (and incredibly well-dressed!) so don’t be tempted by the deals. Equally, if you feel that you’ll benefit from a guide, go for it – we didn’t, and we still saw loads with just a map from the ticket office.
two Allow an ample amount of time
If you’re serious about seeing this stunning site, be sure to allow yourself plenty of time there.
We spent a little over four hours in the ruins and managed to see most of the major attractions, including the Temple of Isis, the amphitheatre, the forum, the arcade, the basilica, some of the many gates, and many more.
three Stay hydrated at all times
I’d guess that most people would want to visit Pompeii in late spring, summer, or early autumn to catch the good weather – but with that comes endless sweating and desiring something to quench your thirst. Again, many people from the other side will try and tempt you into buying bottled beverages, because “they don’t sell water in there!” and they’d be right: they don’t sell water inside the ruins – they give it away for free.
Remember to bring an empty water bottle with you as there are taps everywhere. In fact, these water points are even marked on the map for your convenience.
four If you’re not staying in Pompeii…
Many tourists base themselves in other parts of the Campania region and visit Pompeii on day trips, ourselves included. If you’re planning on doing the same, make sure you plan your train journeys in advance to avoid getting stranded in Pompeii like we did – but if you do, it’s really not an issue considering that there are so many cafes, bars, and restaurants in the city (plus, I could think of worse places to be stuck in…) I’d highly recommend We Love Puro for their reasonably-priced pasta and Campana for a hot beverage.
five You can see more of Pompeii in Naples
… which is where we were based.
The National Archaeological Museum in Naples houses a sizeable collection of Roman artefacts from both Pompeii and Herculaneum, if you’re interested in checking out more remains from these cities. The entry fees are a little overpriced if you ask me… to put things into perspective, an adult ticket to Pompeii costs €13, whereas the equivalent to the museum will set you back €15. So if you were to see only one of these attractions, go for the former… I would.
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful… or at least interesting to read!!
Tell me in the comments if you’ve ever been to Pompeii / if you’re going soon / would you like to go? If you want to check out what I’m up to in Rome, make sure you follow me on Instagram, where I’ll be sharing regular Stories to document my trip 🙂 Until the next post… take care!!