Ancient Pompeji was located in Campania close to Naples and became famous on august 24th, 79 A.D. when the vulcano Vesuvius broke out and buried the city in ash. The almost 700 year old town and its 20 000 inhabitants were buried completely and therefore were preserved for posterity. Walking through Pompeij feels like being back in time. Many preserved buildings like the brothel, where you can still see erotic paintings on the wall, help you understand life in earlier times. Pompeji really deserves being a UNESCO world heritage.
Comprehensive water supply, sideways, non-traffic zones and public thermal baths, all provided in old Pompeji and all you needed for a good life in ancient world.
Worth a visit are the former houses of the upper class, that showed their wealth freely. You will be able to marvel at spacious mansions with square atriums and arcades. These are equipped with elaborate frescos and mosaics. Grand residencies like for example Villa dei Misteri and Casa dei Vettii still amaze people with their unique charm.
You can easily take a day trip to Pompeji from Naples or Sorrent. Therefore take the train „Circumvesuviana“ about half an hour.
- Pompeji is among the 15 best rated Tourist Attractions in Italy.
How to get there
Take A3 Napoli-Salerno, exit Pompei Ovest.
From Naples main train station (Stazione Centrale, Piazza Garibaldi) to Pompeji.
To entrance Porto Marina and Piazza Esedra: Take the train „Circumvesuviana“ towards Sorrento. Exit at Villa dei Misteri.
To entrance Piazza Anfiteatro: Take Circumvesuviana line Napoli-Poggiomarino, exit at Pompei Santuario. You can also take train FS Napoli-Salerno, exit at Pompei.