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!
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