The city of Pompeii, Italy was literally covered in ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD stopping everything and everyone in their tracks. Most of the town’s 20,000 people seem to have fled safely, but it is thought that nearly 2000 may have perished.
Many of the buildings are in ruins and a few are being restored to show what they would have looked like years ago. The grounds are massive and need a full day to explore if you really want to enjoy your time. It is one of the best preserved ancient cities and gives a glimpse into what life was like. We spent just over 3 hours wandering around the grounds and found many of the areas closed to tourists. The streets and buildings that were open were amazing.
Pompeii is a place that we probably would have learned a lot from a guide, but we wanted do it at our own pace so we decided against a tour or guide. We did get a nice book when we bought our tickets that gave background information on many of the sites and ruins we visited. We were lucky to wander alone for a long tie before running into a tour group. Several key areas were pretty busy, but as a whole there were lots of places to get away.
The ruins were amazing, but the town of Pompeii as a whole wasn’t great. We decided to stay in Pompeii as opposed to the cost due to cost of accommodations and transport, but we were truly just going to see the ruins. If you want to stay longer we suggest heading towards the coast!