One of the things I got most excited about on my recent holiday to Naples was that we would get to see Pompeii. It was absolutely incredible to go and get a glimpse at how people lived 2,000 years ago.
Pompeii was buried under the ash of Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. The town was first rediscovered in the late 1500s but nothing much came out of it. 1748 marks the beginning of proper exploration and excavation, and today there are 44 excavated hectares of Pompeii (out of 66).
A lot of the statues are later works that have been placed here on display. They might not be historically accurate but I think they add to the grand atmosphere.
- There was one hell of a queue for tickets when we arrived at around 11am. We got around this by paying a bit more for tickets closer to the station (which also includes entry to an exhibition). Another way to get around the queue is to go later in the afternoon. It was pretty much gone by the time we left at 2pm.
- If you're going in the summer, take precautions as it gets scorching hot. Bring a water bottle, wear sun cream, and use an umbrella for shade.
- To get to Pompeii from Naples, you can take the Circumvesuviana line to Pompei Scavi Villa Dei Misteri station. Keep in mind that the train gets pretty packed and watch out for pickpockets. It can also get really hot as the trains are quite old and has no AC.