Pompeii has been on my bucket list ever since I can remember. As a child, I loved learning about the Romans and this perfectly preserved city destroyed by Vesuvius captured my imagination. This year, I finally got to visit the place I have read so much about:
I was a little worried Pompeii wouldn’t live up to my expectations but it was fascinating. I’d read some slightly unimpressed reviews before I headed to Pompeii, including I’m Being Erica’s post which had worried me because I always rely on Erica’s opinion! However, I think it shows how much of a difference a good guide makes to Pompeii. Our guide was simply excellent; he was truly passionate about Pompeii and knew his subject inside out.
I’m not normally a fan of guided tours – I much prefer to get off the beaten tourist track and discover things by myself, but for a place like Pompeii, I think a tour is a must to get the most out of the experience. They’re not very expensive, especially the tour we chose direct through Thomson as this included pick-up and drop-off to our hotel, and we learnt so much!
It also helped that we had saved some money by visiting Pompeii on the first Sunday of the month, entirely by chance. Entry to all heritage sites in Italy is free on the first Sunday of the month but make sure you go early enough in the morning to ensure you miss the crowds – the day we visited, the site reached its capacity later in the day and didn’t let anyone else in!
Pompeii is well worth a visit if you can; it’s a unique historic site that is really quite special to experience. Walking on 2000 year old cobbles is the most incredible feeling and exploring this totally normal Roman town which was obliterated in a moment is fascinating. Italy is simply brimming with history and we also visited Herculaneum and the beast which caused it all; Vesuvius (there’s another post on its way!) Have you visited Pompeii?