Pompeii

We left Rome to make our way to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. We decided last minute to make a quick stop in Pompeii and were so glad we did. Pompeii was so easy to get to and was a highlight of my whole trip.  I would definitely make the time to go there if you are traveling to Italy.

Pompeii was a port town with about 2,000 people. In 79 A.D., nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted destroying the city by burying it in volcanic ash and a pyroclastic flow. The city was not rediscovered until much later and was excavated. It is now an incredibly well-preserved sight showing what life in Italy was like centuries ago.

We left from the Termini Station in Rome and took the train to Napoli Central. The fast train only took about an hour. We used Trenitalia.com to buy our train tickets online ahead of time so we would know the schedule. Once in the Naples Station, you have to find the circumvesuviana trains which are downstairs. They are crowded and not comfortable like all the other trains we took in Italy, but it was a quick 30 minute ride. Buy your ticket downstairs to the Pompei Scavi stop and once there, follow the crowd to the Pompeii entrance.

FYI – the train station in Pompeii had luggage storage, which made it an easy stop for us on our way to our hotel in Sorrento. The sight is almost directly across the street from the train station, so it was very easy to find. To find the luggage storage in the Pompei Scavi station, follow signs to the WC downstairs.

There was a long line to get into Pompeii but it moved quickly. We used the Rick Steves Audio Europe App to listen to a free self-guided tour on our phone. Even with the map and the audio guide, we still got lost. This place is huge so make sure to wear comfortable shoes, bring water and snacks, and wear sunscreen.

The streets of Pompeii. Chariots used to drive here.
The streets of Pompeii. Chariots used to drive here.
The entrance into Pompeii
The entrance into Pompeii
As we exited Pompeii
As we exited Pompeii
Inside the Baths. It was a spa for the men and women and was so intricate and well preserved.
Inside the Baths. It was a spa for the people of Pompeii and was so intricate and well preserved.
Exploring the ruins
Exploring the ruins
A person trying to sheild their face from the ash
A person trying to sheild their face from the ash
Can you believe how well preserved these pots are?
Can you believe how well preserved these pots are?
From year 79!
From year 79!
Plaster cast of a Pompeiian volcano victim
Plaster cast of a Pompeiian volcano victim
The spa in Pompeii
The spa in Pompeii
Riding the Circumvesuviana Train to Pompeii
Riding the Circumvesuviana Train to Pompeii

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13 Comments

  1. I love this post! It looks like such a great place to visit. I can’t believe how well preserved everything looks.

  2. Hi, will be arriving in Naples airport then off to Sorrento; and intend to stop in Pompeii either on the way to sorrento or to Naples Central Station before heading to Rome. I found your article on the luggage storage on the Circunvesuviana quite an interesting option, Is the left luggage an office or just lockers? If they are lockers, how big are them? We are carrying one large bag and one large backpack.
    Cheers!

    IGnacio

    1. The luggage storage is an office down stairs. You exchange your luggage for a ticket that you bring back to claim your luggage. It is nice because there is no size limit. I hope you have a wonderful trip 🙂

    2. Im so sorry to reply so late and im sure it is too late but the luggage storage is an office so the size of luggage does not matter. I am not sure about the lockers at the site itself but it is right across the street from the train station so you could walk over and check it out to see if they would work.

  3. **PS: also read there are luggage lockers in in Pompeii Archeological site itself, do you know how big they are?

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