When you visit Naples, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Pompeii, an ancient city buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Due to this volcanic eruption, the entire city was lost to civilization, and its inhabitants who couldn’t escape perished. Why is Pompeii worth visiting? One of the reasons is that it offers a glimpse into the life of the ancient Romans.
To reach Pompeii from Naples, you can take the Circumvesuviana train from Napoli Centrale with a one-way ticket costing 3 Euros. Trains run every 30 minutes on this route. Traveling in the direction of Sorrento, the journey takes approximately 36 minutes. When taking this train, you should alight at the Pompei Scavi station. From there, it’s a short walk to the entrance gate of the ancient city of Pompeii. The ticket price for entry to this area is 15 Euros, and you can check ticket availability at Pompeii Official Website.
As the ancient city of Pompeii covers quite a vast area, you might want to plan to spend a whole day exploring it. For those with limited time, please visit this link: Pompeii Itineraries. This link provides itineraries based on the amount of time you can allocate to Pompeii.
Unique Places in Pompeii
Since I spent a full day in Pompeii, I’d like to share some unique places I encountered through the following photos:
The initial view upon entering the ancient city of Pompei
Victims of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius
The Sanctuary of Venus, believed by the ancient inhabitants to be the protector of the city
The Basilica, a hall where judges made decisions in ancient times
The House of the Faun, reputedly the grandest residence in ancient Pompeii
A theater used for artistic performances like dramas or poetry
A sports arena for activities such as archery and other sports
An amphitheater that served as a gladiator arena and hosted sporting events
The Forum, one of the largest public spaces in Pompeii and a center of activity in ancient times
It is said that the central track was once a waterway
After visiting Pompeii, one can’t help but marvel at the prosperity this city enjoyed in its heyday. It provided extensive facilities such as sports centers and art venues. It’s hard to imagine what would have happened if Pompeii hadn’t been destroyed in the 1st century. Perhaps it would be one of Italy’s major cities today. By visiting Pompeii, it’s as if we step back in time and witness the lifestyle of ancient Roman society. If you have an interest in history, Pompeii is a must-visit destination to experience what it was like to be an ancient Roman for a day.
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