Pompeii is just a short 30 minute train ride from Naples so we jetted over there for an afternoon and spent four hours exploring the ruins. Once a thriving Roman city, it all ended abruptly when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79AD and covered everything in ash. It was rediscovered in 1599, but only really began to be properly evacuated in 1863. Since then it has been one of Italy’s top tourist destinations. It was so surreal to actually walk through a city preserved from the past. Like a time warp almost. Both Christopher and I have always loved ancient Roman history so this was unbelievably cool to us.
We used Rick Steve’s book all through out Italy and it was especially helpful at Pompeii. We used his guided tour and it was super cool to have him tell us all about everything we were seeing. Also, we had heard people talk about how miserably hot Pompeii is so we did our best to walk from shady spot to shady spot (note Christopher stopping in the shade to check the next place we are supposed to go) and we drank lots of water. For us, Pompeii was a breeze. We never got too hot. So either the weather cooperated with us or our shade/water plan was brilliant. 😉
There were stray dogs all over Pompeii. Christopher was worried I would try and take one home. I hate seeing strays and am notorious for picking them up and finding homes for them. He kept telling me that these dogs wouldn’t fit in my suitcase, haha! They all seemed well fed and happy, though. I’m guessing the number of tourists that come through here keep them well fed. 😉
Pompeii was incredible. We had so much fun walking through the streets and discovering an ancient Roman city! Up next we headed to actual ROME which was our favorite city overall! I am SO excited to write about all of that goodness tomorrow!