Opening Times: April-October: daily 8.30 am – 7.30 pm
November-March daily 8.30 am – 5 pm
Last entry one hour before closing time.
Price: Entry costs 11 euros (5.50 euros for EU students, under 18 or above 65 free)
Required time: at least 3 or 4 hours.
Pompeii is one of Italy’s most visited tourist attractions. It stands at the foot of Mount Vesuvius that, with its eruption on the 24th of August 79 AD, destroyed the city of Pompeii by completely covering it in stones and ash. Pompeii lay undiscovered until in 1748 when excavations began on the site, revealing a city frozen in time. A large number of the artefacts found on the site of Pompeii are now on display in the ‘Museo Archeologico Nazionale’ in Naples. It is best to visit Pompeii as a day trip, and perhaps to avoid the really hot hours as there is very little shade.
How to get to Pompeii
The best starting point to discover Pompeii is from Naples. From Naples you either take a SITA bus from ‘Porta Immacolatella’ to ‘Pompeii-Scavi’ which leaves regularly and takes about half an hour, or catch the ‘Circumsuviana’ train from the Stazione Centrale in Naples in the direction of Sorrento and get out at ‘Pompeii-Scavi’ station (a one-way ticket costs 2.30 euros).
Main sights in Pompeii
1.‘Tempio di Venere’ (Temple of Venus) originally one of the town’s most lavish temples.
2.‘Tempio di Apollo’ (Temple of Apollo), the oldest religious building in Pompeii.
3.The market along Via Marina, including the remains of shop fronts.
4.‘Teatro Grande’ or ‘Large theatre’ which would have seated around 5000 spectators, the ‘Teatro Piccolo’ and the ‘Caserma dei Gladiatori’ or the ‘Gladiators Barracks’.
5.‘Terme Stabiane’, the 2nd century BC baths, where along hot and cold rooms you can still see a number of murals, some with erotic content. If this is your kind of thing take a look as well at the town brothel, the ‘lupanaro’.
6.‘Villa dei Misteri’, one of the best-preserved structures in Pompeii.
7.For a good overview and to see some of the best artefacts take a trip to the ‘Museo Vesuviano’. Admission to the museum is free.