Here's why you should visit Pompeii soon (or go again)
April 21, 2019
by Teresa Teles De Almeida
If you are wondering where to go in Italy, you should surely visit Pompeii. Not only is the place one of the most important historic sites but also it can get covered in ashes soon. The Mount Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for the disaster, is still active and could go into action soon. So, make sure you don’t skip this amazing city!
What happened to Pompeii
Pompeii was created in the 6th – 7th century BC after the Oscans, originally from central Italy, founded five villages in that area. This city was strategically located near the coast, and the Mount Vesuvius. It overlooked the coast and had a port, for safety. By being close to the Vesuvius, the earth was very fertile and Pompeians were blessed with food and wines made in the local vineyards.
Around 11,500 people lived in the city. Pompeii was full of life: there were a lot of taverns and theatres for them to enjoy their free time. You will be amazed by the number of bars they had.
The location near the Vesuvius was the ultimate cause of decimation. In AC 79, the Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered Pompeii and all villages nearby, in volcano ashes and killed the ones who were not lucky enough to escape in time.
How to get there and how much time to spend
In spite of being close to Naples, you’ll need a car or to take a train. Touristic packs are also available. Pompeii was a city and a big one: do not expect to go and see everything in an hour or two – it is not a museum.
You will be given a guide map with different paths. Choose the most convenient and that adapts to your day/energy – you can spend from 3h up to 7h hours in Pompeii. Take some food and drinks and know that there are plenty of toilets across the city.
There are no places to hide away from the rain or from the heat. Be sure you check the forecast before you go there and choose a sunny and cold to warm day.
Can you believe that the entrance costs 15 euros only?
From perfectly engineered roads made with gigantic stones with a separation that allows water to run between, to the frescos that are still painted on the walls, one can only be in awe when wandering around. You will surely be amazed by the art. The frescos are so vivid and so up-to-date that you will wonder how those were projected in ancient times.
Pompeii has amphitheatres, thermal baths, paintings, mosaics, sculptures, bars, inscriptions and graffiti, bakeries, temples… but the best: intimate houses – all the rooms, patios and gardens that belonged to the Roman aristocracy; and the mummies of Pompeiians who tried to escape. Please pay some respect to these amazing people who are there to remind us of how fast greatness can disappear.
In spite of the disaster, you will find yourself thanking Mount Vesuvius for granting this opportunity and such an experience in the XXI century.