When me and my boyfriend went on our Italy trip one thing I knew I wanted to do was a day trip to Pompeii. It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for ages and last time I was in Rome we just didn’t have time to take a full day out to do the trip.
Before the trip, I did a lot of research to work out whether it was best for us to do the trip ourselves or whether to book onto an organised tour. Pompeii is situated close to Naples so if we went alone we’d have had to get a train to Naples and then made our way to the site on a bus from there and the train alone was going to cost almost €70 each so we decided to pay that bit extra and book onto a tour.
We booked through Ciao Florence, but there are loads of online companies who pretty much run the same trip and it included comfortable air-conditioned coach travel (important if you’re going in the summer months), a guided walking tour around Naples, lunch in Naples, entrance to Pompeii and a guided tour around Pompeii too.
After a very early start, we arrived outside the Vatican Museums just after 7am ready to leave at 7.30am on our coach. Now the day didn’t start off all that well as we couldn’t see a coach there despite being told to be there at least 20 minute’s before departure time but thankfully we spotted our coach after my anxiety seemed to reach extreme heights. Our tour escort provided us with an expanse of information on the area and what we were going to be seeing that day. 90 minute’s later we approached a quick toilet/ food stop and then just before 11 am we pulled into Naples.
When we arrived at Naples we met our tour guide who took us on a quick walk around Naples, pointing out some beautiful sites and it just reminded me how much I need to go back and visit the city. I experienced a bit of deja vu when we passed the ferry docks where I had been a month earlier getting a boat to Ischia which was a strange sensation. After our walk, we were taken to a traditional Nepalese restaurant where we had a mixed starter which included some of the yummiest mozzarella I’ve eaten. This was followed by a choice of pizza or pasta and of course with Naples being the birthplace of pizza I opted for that, then we had a traditional pastry desert which was extremely tasty.
Around 1 pm we finished our walk and headed to Pompeii which is an ancient Roman city which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 BC and covered in volcanic ash and material. Due to the eruption, the city was perfectly preserved so you can get a feel for what it was like in Roman times from the houses and shops to the baths and even a brothel.
Walking around Pompeii itself was completely surreal and it was such a strange feeling to know that thousands of year’s ago people lived and worked in the buildings we were being guided through. Our guide did really well to take us around as much of the historical site as she could giving us information and facts as we went but I do think I’d like to go back and do it myself as you could easily spend 4-5 hours there.
At around 3.30pm we started to make our way back to Rome and despite having been up for about 14 hours by the time we got to our hotel it was a memorable and great day trip.