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“Wonderful Historical Site”

Pompeii - Archaeological Area.
Ranked #1 of 102 things to do in Pompeii
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Home of the world's most famous volcanic disaster when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., Pompeii is now a significant archeological site that provides an amazing glimpse into the daily life of an average Roman town over two thousand years ago.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve wanted to visit Pompeii since I was child and I first learned about the area and the volcanic eruption.

My husband and I visited the last day of our Amalfi Coast trip, on our way back to Naples from Sorrento. Pompeii is a great stopping point and very easy to visit. Since we arrived early in the morning, parking was a breeze. We then walked for 5-10 minutes to the main entrance.

It just so happened to be excruciatingly hot that day, even at 10am in the morning. And the line to purchase tickets was long, awful, and directly in the sun. It took about 40 minutes to get through the line.

Tip: buy your tickets online, in advance!! Otherwise you’ll have to wait in a ridiculously long and slow-moving line.

If you are part of a group tour (7 or more people), your tour-guide can cut the line. Make sure you are part of an officially recognized tour company, however, because the site will turn you away.

Once we got inside, the archeological site was magnificent and massive. You can easily spend hours here so make sure you allot enough time to soak in all of the sights.

Also, if you are going during the summer, wear sunscreen (and consider bringing an umbrella or wearing a hat). If you have young children, bring a carrier or a stroller. And bring water. Lots of water. My husband and I saw several people get sick from heat fatigue/overheating. There’s very little shade or cover from the sun in the Pompeii area. The touristy area outside of the site has vendors that sell sunscreen, umbrellas, and hats, but they cost a small fortune (ie: $30USD for a 6oz bottle of SPF30, that retails for $10USD).

Lots of little places to buy snacks, water, and even meals around the main archeological site. Well-prices, although not a huge variety. Food was pretty good.

We had to head back to Naples after 2.5hrs but we could have stayed for 5hrs easily. Can’t wait to come back, ideally with a great tour guide too!

Thank akaphd08
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pompeii is a great half-day excursion. We got a tour guide, which made everything easier to understand. (The signage in the archaeological area does not contain many explanations, so you would miss a lot.) Bring water and a hat because it can get hot standing out in the sun for so long. We left from Rome in the morning and made it back by 5pm, so it is easily doable as a day trip.

Thank Traveler_Matthew
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting for a visit. We got the local train directly from Sorrento which was really easy (but not air conditioned). We did an audio guide, but it was quite hard to follow so if I went again, I’d do a guided tour from the site. Make sure you take water and a hat or umbrella as it’s very hot when sunny! We only spent about 2 hours here, although you could spend longer easily.

Thank laurenkelsey21
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had wanted to visit Pompeii for many years. It was worth the wait. The scale of the site is amazing, so be prepared for a lot of walking. A few of our party found it a bit much as much of the walking is on uneven ground and not a lot of shelter.
Do take refreshments with you as once you are in the grounds there is nowhere to buy anything.
If you are using public transport - the train station is only a five minute walk to the site.
So glad we visited and would recommend

Thank joan E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were a group of 12 members from India. The fact that this town was destroyed by the ash n lava thrown by mt vesuvius attracted us to this place. We booked a day tour from rome through viator. Worth every bit, the tour around Pompeii bought history alive. Its beautifully maintained..clean. The tour guide was very good. All in all worth every penny.

Thank preethij72
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