Pompeii

The story of the city of Pompeii resembles very much the wonderful tales in which beauty and truth wins over evil and grotesque. Pompeii’s story is very much related to a catastrophic phenomenon, the eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in the year AD 79 which destroyed and buried the entire city. However what is interesting about this incident is that the city was not simply blown away, but rather buried under or layer of ash and burning stone. The city’s accidental rediscovery in 1794, not only revolutionized the entire history, bringing new lights and shadows on the Romans Empire’s past, but also turned Pompeii in one of Italy’s most visited tourist attraction.

Location

The city of Pompeii is located near Naples, in the Italian region called Campania. To get to this amazing archaeological site just take the private line that runs from Naples to Sorrento and get off at Pompei Scavi. There is also the SITA bus, going from Naples to Salerno that stops at Pompeii in piazza Esedra. In case you have rented a car, then take the Pompeii exit from Autostrada A3.

Short story of Pompeii

I will not get into all the historic details of this city because Pompeii’s past is so beautiful that it requires an entire article. However let’s make an exercise of imagination and get back to August 25, AD 79 when a violent explosion shook the earth causing time to come to a stop at Pompeii. People covered in ash were running likes crazies doing what they could to survive. The ash and the cinders covered slowly the entire city and preserved the scenes exactly how they were at that moment.

Now many centuries after let’s meet Carlo Bobone, seeking fame, much like a clandestino, digging randomly for treasures. He suddenly came across what was to become on the greatest surprises history and humanity had in store. Excavation continue to this day.

Opening hours and prices

This breathtaking site is open from November until March from 8:30am to 5pm. However please note that the last admission is at 3:30pm. In summer time Pompeii is available for visitors from 8:30am to 7:30pm, last admission 6pm. Make sure you do not plan the trip on the 1st of January, 1st of May or 25th of December as the site is closed.

A single ticket to get into the Pompeii excavations costs 11 euro, whereas a reduced ticket, applying to students, veterans and large school groups is only 5,50 euro. If you are interesting in having access to all 5 sites (Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabiae and Boscoreale ) you will have to pay 20 euro for a ticket valid for 3 days. Pay attention that EU citizens under 18 and over 65 years old have free entrance to the site. Just make sure you do not forget your passport, identity card or driving license.

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