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Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii Reviews

ulis ulis
341 reviews
Pompeii Feb 18, 2017
Pompeii and Herculaneum where destroyed and buried under several meters of volcanic ash in the eruption the Vesuvius in 79 AD. Probably founded in the sixth century BC, a Roman colony in 80 BC and then forgotten for the next 1500 years. Today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, If you are short in time Herculaneum has less tourists and is more compact.

Get there with the Circumvesuviana Napoli to Sorrento line, get off at "Pompei Scavi", about 40 minutes and about 100 meters from the entrance.
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jenbob12 jenbob12
18 reviews
Everything I hoped it would be and more! Nov 09, 2014
My friends and I took a day trip from Rome to Pompeii in September. It included coach travel and a 2hr guided tour. It was our favourite day of the holiday. I'd been wanting to go to Pompeii since I was a kid, when I first learnt of it, and it didn't disappoint!

We arrived by coach with our guide informing us that the volcano is still live and that we may feel small tremors as the volcano is waking up and due an eruption. Thanks! Upon entering the city and looking at the map, we were amazed at just how big it is. We only covered half of it! Having a guided tour made it even more enjoyable as it helped us to see the main sights without having to stand around looking at the map (it's a bit of a maze!).

What I loved most was that you aren't just looking at the city of Pompeii. You are walking the actual streets, entering the buildings, touching the walls, sitting in the open theatre and able to drink from the water fountains. I cannot wait to go again and explore more of this amazing place, and hopefully hike up Vesuvius!
Grooves in the road caused by carr…
View of the city from a hill
Changing rooms in the Roman baths
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sylviandavid says:
This was a fun read. We love Pompeii too. I probably have five books about it ... Can't get enough!
Posted on: Feb 27, 2015
Zagnut66 Zagnut66
112 reviews
Pompeii Mar 09, 2013
I was amazed at the level of preservation of this ancient city. Much of it is still resting beneath the earth for future archaeologists to dig out. I had a guided tour which was great for all the information the guide dished out but somewhat disapointing for his attitude. He seemed rather bored by it all, perhaps understandable for the hundreds of times he's had to regurgitate the story of Pompeii, and downright annoyed when I stopped to take photos. He may have become jaded by the ruins and the view, but I just flew 4,000 miles to see it and wanted to take as many darn pictures as I wanted. I guess its the luck of the draw as to the quality of the guide.

It was still an incredible place to visit. I've always suspected that the fascination with Pompeii has less to do with the ancient history of the city than Pompeii as a forerunner of our own apocalyptic demise. What struck me about the inhabitants of the city was how ordinary their lives were compared to the heroic figures of Rome immortalized in statues and triumphal arches. These were people much like us going about their daily activities: eating in restaurants, going to the theater or watching sporting competitions, relaxing in the saunas, enjoying some raucous sex. Then an uncaring universe blew their world up. Visiting Pompeii is both a step back into antiquity and a possible peek into the ultimate fate of our own civilizations.
Recently excavated tombs on the si…
All this was once buried under met…
Training yard for athletes
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sylviandavid says:
Nice review. Especially liked the last paragraph....
Posted on: Feb 27, 2015
jumpingnorman says:
also watched the movie Pompeii, so we will be there in 2 weeks :) nice review :)
Posted on: Sep 07, 2014
cotton_foam says:
Hi, Bill! I just finished watching the movie "Pompeii" and now I want to visit it someday! I checked photos here and then I remember you wrote a review for the place...so here I am re-smiling your photos again!
Posted on: May 26, 2014
tawnfehlman tawnfehl…
1 reviews
Pompeii!! Jun 09, 2011
Amazing! It is an entire preserved city, and not just any city but a Roman city. The things they could build astound me!If you are in Napoli please make sure you don't miss this! It is nearby and will only take a few hours, but yet you get to experience so much while you are there! You get to see how these people lived and the volcano that destroyed it all!
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sylviandavid says:
It was a great place to see .... I'm always amazed at how "advanced" the ancients were ....
Posted on: Feb 27, 2015
RoxanneBarney RoxanneB…
5 reviews
A big maze Mar 16, 2009
This is a place not to miss, but I HIGHLY recommend either getting a guided tour, or if not, an audio commentary guide. This place is very big and you can get easily lost if you don't know where you're going or what there is to see.
sylviandavid says:
We explored it with the audio guides .... constantly lost but we were there all day so it didn't matter too much.
Posted on: Feb 27, 2015
huibdos says:
You have to buy a ticket in a cafe/tabac shop.
Once we entered without tickets the bus brought us to a tabac and stopped and waited until we had bought our tickets:) that was a good guy!
Posted on: Jul 26, 2009
marksreynolds says:
Thanks for the advise! :)
Posted on: Jul 05, 2009
funinuk funinuk
41 reviews
Jul 05, 2007
Pompeii is the reason why most people choose to go to Naples and is probably the most famous of the Roman ruins after the Colosseam.

Pompeii is a ruined Roman city near modern Naples It, along with Herculaneum, was destroyed, and completely buried, during a catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 AD.

The city of Pompeii is absolutely huge and has so much to see, Villas, Churches, a Colosseam, ampitheatre, shops and houses. I was surprised at how it is mostly still intact and it gives you a real idea of what Roman life was like back then. There are many interresting things to see and a guided tour can be quite expensive so we just bought a tourbook from the vendors outside which proved invaluable and was only €8.00!

TIP: Bring lots of water and food for lunch as it is really hot (depending on the time you go) and you do a lot of walking. There is a restaurant in there which is very expensive and hard to find!

We could not find anywhere selling water (this was before we knew there was a restaurant inside the site) and we had to go out for lunch and then sneak back in! There are lots of nice places to have a pincic lunch.
Mount Vesuvius from Pompeii ruins.
Main Street
Caste of a person
Ruined temple
sylviandavid says:
Also ... wanted to mention that Sorrento is just a short ride from Pompeii.... and it's very safe and beautiful to walk in the evenings. We stayed at a lovely Bed and Breakfast (Gocce de Limone) .... They suggested some great places to eat & we had the best meals while in Sorrento ....
Posted on: Feb 27, 2015
sylviandavid says:
Excellent idea to bring water and food. We brought oranges and were so happy to sit and eat them after a half day.
Posted on: Feb 27, 2015
PleaseDontBePsycho PleaseDo…
41 reviews
May 06, 2007
Do it. I'm biased because I've taken a lot of classics courses and have had to read/look at tons of the artifacts from this place but from as objective a standpoint as I can carve out, it's a must see. One of the few places in the world where architectural structures have been preserved so well.
spocklogic spocklog…
325 reviews
Time Capsule of Roman Life Jun 14, 1999
Pompeii was an ancient Roman city nearby to the modern day city of Naples. It was buried under about 5 m (15 feet) of volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD and all but forgotten. It was not until the mid 18th century that it began to be excavated, and has remained a tourist attraction since then as excavations have continued over the past few centuries. New discoveries continue to be made at the Pompeii archeological site up to the present modern day era.

Pompeii has provided archeologists with a wealth of information on how the Romans lived as the city was more or less fully intact when it was buried in the ash. The buildings, decorative elements, and the contents of the buildings remained, including furniture, tools, kitchen utensils, lamps, food, clothes and all the basic elements of life in the city. Not all the residents of Pompeii perished, and it is believed there was ample time for all of them to escape. Of the estimated 10-15 thousand inhabitants of Pompeii at the time of the eruption, about 2 thousand of them perished and it is still a source of some speculation as to why some of the inhabitants did not escape. There are some rather macabre reminders of the dead here, consisting of plaster casts of the bodies, where voids in the ash were discovered during excavations, and injected with plaster to preserve the postures and expressions of the bodies at the time of death.

Overall, Pompeii is a rather large site to explore, covering around 65 hectares (160 acres), complete with roads, dwellings, baths, temples, forum, amphitheatre, and more. It is truly a fascinating look backward in time into the life of Roman people in the era of the early empire around the age of the Flavian Dynasty ruled by the Emperors Vespasian, Titus and Domitian. From Naples, Pompeii can be reached in about 45 minutes. From Mergellina station, take the Metro to Piazza Garibaldi, then the Circumvesuvia train to Pompeii.
Pompeii Panorama
Temple ruins in Pompeii
Gladiator school
Theater of Pompeii I
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spocklogic says:
Sorry to hear that. I had a talk or two in my student years that didn't go so well. It happens, we live and learn, get better with practice.
Posted on: Nov 25, 2017
Kathrin_E says:
I agree that Pompeii is fascinating! My memories aren't the best, though, as I was there with a university excursion during my student years and the talk I had to give there was a complete failure and desaster...
Posted on: Nov 25, 2017

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