Visiting Pompeii and Vesuvius mountain would be an adventure if you are interested in history and archaeology.
From the history of Pompeii and Vesuvius mountain
In August 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii and buried the city under the tones of volcanic ash.
About 2000 thousand people died then and the city was buried for years. In 1748 Pompeii was discovered by a group of explorers.
Today visiting Pompeii is a trip back in time – the streets of the city look same as many years ago.
Tourists traveling to Pompeii will have an opportunity to explore the prosperous Roman town and find out about the everyday life of people from Roman Empire.
Interesting facts from about Pompeii
Pompeii was a prosperous city in Italy till the VII century BC.
It was a popular tourist spot for rich Roman citizens who were visiting Pompeii for weekends.
According to some resources Neron was the owner of villa here and his second wife was born in Pompeii.
Vesuvius mountain is located just 9 km from Napoli and is juts few kilometers from Pompeii.
Eruption of Vesuvius volcano lasted for about 24 hours, but dust and lava continued to cover the city during two days more, having buried the city under the 6 meters of ash.
The most curious tourists can take a look into the crater of Vesuvius.
Plaster was used during archaeological works to fill in free spaces between the layers of ash.
Due to this technique the archaeologists managed to restore poses of victims of volcano.
They made about 1000 of molds of bodies found on the territory of the city.
Pompeii occupies the territory of 65 hectares and is the biggest archaeological park and architectural monument.
Also this is one of the most popular tourist destinations for the last 250 years.
Each year about 2,5 million tourists are visiting Pompeii and Vesuvius mountain.
Travel to Pompeii by train or bus
If you are traveling to Pompeii from Rome airport, you can get to the center of the city by train, and purchase another train ticket – to Napoli and then to Pompeii.
There is also direct bus root from Rome to Pompeii.
Getting ready for the trip to Pompeii
If you are visiting Pompeii in summer, make sure to have hats and umbrellas, since there is almost no place where you can hide from hot sun.
Also wearing comfortable shoes will be a good idea, since the roads in Pompeii are made of stones and are not flat.
There is only one café on the territory of Pompeii, thus you may save some time if you bring a bottle of water with you.
For visiting Pompeii you can book 2-3 hours, as whole day might be a bit too much. Naples or Sorrento are convenient places for overnight stay.
Combine trip to Pompeii and visit to Vesuvius mountain
You can combine trip to Pompeii and Vesuvius mountain – the only volcano in European continent that has thrown up during the last hundred years.
The last eruption of Vesuvius volcano was recorded in 1944 and experts believe that it can blow up again any time.
Because of the earthquakes and eruption Vesuvius region has fertile soil, which is very good for agriculture purposes.
Visiting Pompeii and Vesuvius mountain
There is a bus from Pompeii to Vesuvius mountain, taking you to the parking lot, which is approximately a middle of the route to the top of volcano.
From the parking lot you can walk up the mountain to see the crater, Pompeii and marvelous Italian landscapes.
Sunglasses will be very helpful if you make a trip to Vesuvius.
Just in case, take a warm sweater with you since it may be cold in the mountains even during summer period.
Visiting Pompeii and Vesuvius mountain can be done within one day.