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Pompeii (October 14, 2009)

Morning at Cape Sorrento and visit of the Roman ruins of Pompeii during the afternoon.

Capo di Sorrento


Before going to Pompeii we made a detour to “Capo di Sorrento”. We took a bus going to Massa Lubrense at the Sorrento train station.
Capo di Sorrento is a little village, few kilometres away from Sorrento. In the centre, we took a little street to reach the sea. At the end of the path we reached Roman ruins, at the foot of which there is a little beach: “Bagni della Regina Giovanna”.

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Capo di Sorrento
Bagni della Regina Giovanna.

Pompeii


We took back the bus to Sorrento and then the Circumvesuviana to Pompeii. This famous Roman town was completely buried during the eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius on the 24 august 79. It has been rediscovered at the 17th century, excavations started really in the middle 18th century.
Pompeii was founded before the 6th century BC. It has been occupied by Greeks, Etruscans and Romans. In 62 AD there was an earthquake, consequently in 79 AD the town was still under reconstruction. At this time there were around 20.000 inhabitants.

The ash has preserved Pompeii for many years, thanks to a good state of preservation of the city it is possible to discover the city as it was before the eruption. Public buildings, temples and shops allow imagining the everyday live: bakery, lupanar (brothel), thermopolium (snack-bar).
It took us around 4 hours to visit the excavations. We took an audio-guide, it is not essential but it gives some additional information comparing to paper documentation given at the entrance.

Then we went to Naples where we spent the night. The evening we ate a Neapolitan pizza at “Gino Sorbillo” (Via Tribunali, 32), a very popular one! Pizzas were delicious (and not expensive) and the atmosphere was sympathetic!

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Pompeii The forum and temple of Apollo.

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Basilica.

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Pompeii

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Stepping blocks allowed crossing of streets without stepping into sewage but also were not a hindrance to wheeled traffic.

Information


  • The bar inside the train station of Pompeii is also a left luggage office, it can be useful.
  • In October 2009 the ticket for Pompeii excavations cost 11€ (a combo ticket for 5 archaeological sites including Pompeii and Herculaneum is available), the audio-guide cost 6.50€.

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