Pompeii. Every time I hear that word, I think of a line from the BBC television series Doctor Who ‘We’re in Pompeii and it’s volcano day.’ Honestly, I hear David Tennant’s voice and everything too.
But, anyway back to the place itself. Before our first trip to Amalfi we were warned about the little shade and lack of coverage during the summer months. And, I warn you to heed this advice, bring a light cardigan, shawl and a hat to cover bits of showing skin. I was honestly, covered from head to toe when I went to Pompeii, as there is absolutely no shade at all. None! My Great Aunt’s nugget of advice was right. Honestly heed this advice, I may have looked completely embarrassing, but it was worth it not to get burnt. Also keep topping up the sun scream, and take lots of water (the cafe prices in Pompeii and at the surrounding shops are extortionate)!
Pompeii itself is like no other place. A whole town covered by volcanic ash. I enjoy the history and the culture of countries like Italy. There is plenty to see. A small amphitheatre, bath houses, temples and much more. We attempted to follow the map with an audio guide, I’d recommend the audio guide for both here and Herculaneum. The audio guide explains each feature of Pompeii and allows you to tour around Pompeii at your own leisure. It’s an absolute wonder to get lost around, uncovering new finds this way and that. A one for culture and history buffs most certainly! However, Pompeii is rather unnerving at times, so of the artifacts taken from the site remind you that it was just another ordinary day in Pompeii until Vesuvius erupted. It’s harrowing to think of the chaos that ensued that day, but it did.
I’d recommend at least three hours to this attraction, if you’re savvy with your holiday, you can buy entry into the other archaeological sites art a reduced price. Entry to five of the sites is for 20 euros full price and 10 euros for those aged 18-25. Entry includes these five sites: 5 sites: Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabiae and Boscoreale, which are valid for three consecutive days!
Ciao for now,