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“Pompeii is interesting, best seen with a guide or lots of research ahead of time”

Pompeii - Archaeological Area.
Ranked #1 of 102 things to do in Pompeii
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Home of the world's most famous volcanic disaster when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., Pompeii is now a significant archeological site that provides an amazing glimpse into the daily life of an average Roman town over two thousand years ago.
Reviewed December 1, 2015

We visited Pompeii guided by Giulia from Naples City Tours on an excursion arranged by Norwegian Cruise Lines. She was a well prepared and knowledgeable guide, bringing parts of Pompeii to life. This city buried by the eruption of mount Vesuvius in AD 79 is a fascinating look at life in the Roman empire, including shops (a bakery and a restaurant), the baths, an upper class home with amazing frescoes still there, fountains, some shrines, and the red light district. Giulia handled this with sensitivity for the families with children (and anyone else) who preferred to skip the red light district, giving them clear directions where to meet up with the rest of the tour. For those interested, the menu of options was fascinating and quite comprehensible, almost 2000 years later. Walking is a bit challenging due to the very uneven cobblestone roads and sidewalks.

Thank Dennis S
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Reviewed December 1, 2015

Read books, watched documentaries and heard a lot about this place and what tragedy happened here. Definitely worth to us but inform yourself before about where to park as restaurant owners at the entry try to offer you a carpark there but they are a bit over the top that you probably can smell the rip-off.

Thank mrsorso
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Reviewed November 30, 2015

This place is amazing. It really is. It's actually easy to picture your self back in time to 79AD while walking to ancient streets of this place. Easy to get lost. Definitely go with a tour. While there I probably had 5 different people come up to me and ask where they were on their tourist map.

2  Thank JimmyJackk
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Reviewed November 30, 2015

My friends and I spent a day in ancient Pompeii. We travelled by train to Pompeii for a day trip from Rome. Even in November, our day was in the mild 60s. I would like to suggest several things to prepare for your visit. First--wear trekking/hiking shoes or well-supported and cushioned athletic shoes. The streets and curbs you walk in the city were created by Romans and they are extremely hard to navigate without good shoes. This is not an activity for people who have trouble with lots of walking and the town is somewhat hilly.
Second--Read ahead about the ruins and Pompeii daily life online or from guide books. Then decide what you wish to see. This city was a town of 15,000 and we were limited in one day of what we could see. Third- Consider hiring one of the tour guides available at the ticket purchasing office. You may be able to negotiate the price depending on how busy they are. We were able to hire a guide for $20 Euros per person and felt the depth of their knowledge contributed to our visit. Because we had read ahead about Pompeii, we were able to have our guide show us some of the specific sites we had read about. Interesting sites-- the baths, the temple of Apollo, the home of Meandre, the Forum, the Pompeii citizens' bodies.

1  Thank Susan M
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Reviewed November 30, 2015

I never imagined that ruins of an ancient city would be so captivating. The lush and agricultural countryside only reminded me that people then were as besotted with the location as modern visitors are. Something of a walk, but not daunting for even the armchair traveller.

1  Thank Spookguy
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