Pompei in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius
Pompeii Travel Blog› entry 8 of 9 › view all entries
Our time on the Amalfi Coast finished, Milton and I headed to nearby Pompei. The most remarkable thing about the Pompei area and Naples is just how much Mt Vesuvius dominates the landscape. I'm not quite sure how I would like living so close to what is essentially an active volcano, but it does make for some excellent views. So, after getting a little lost along the way, we pitched up to the ruins of the former city of Pomei. Naturally there is an entrance fee to get in, but beyond this you are pretty much free to roam the grounds and take in what life must have been like for the people there who lived in the first century AD.
We didn't hire a guide to take us through the excavated city, although anyone really interested would undoubtedly benefit from this, and instead just walked up and down the streets and through the houses, marvelling at how well developed everything had been.
At any rate, Pompei was a thoroughly interesting experience, all the more so because it is a work in progress and doesn't have the intense tourist vibe of a lot of other major sites around the world. Something I would highly recommend! You can spend more time in the general area and visit Herculanean as well but for us it was time to push on to Naples, ready to see the city and make it to our flight the next day...