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Pompeii; The Lost City

A Lost City Unearthed

In 79 A.D, a seemingly peaceful Roman city was shook by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that interred the city for many centuries until its rediscovery in 1748. Pompeii's significance to the understanding of Roman's lifestyle, routine and architecture can be attributed to its well preserved foundations.

From the ashes and pumice of Mount Vesuvius, its destruction has, paradoxically, provided historians with a 3D visualization of an intact ancient Roman city and clues to how ancient Rome had evolved. Pompeii has attracted tourists for over 250 years and continues to allure art and history aficionados as well as mystery seekers.

Getting there from Naples

A day trip to Pompeii from Naples is feasible as the distance is only less than 45 minutes and there are many ways to get to the excavation site.

1) Bus

I do not recommend this mode but so happened that when I visited Pompeii the trains were on strike and I had to use the bus to get to Pompeii. Walk from the cruise terminal to Nuova Marina where you will find the SITA bus station. One way ticket will cost 2.80 euros. Make sure you get off at porta marina or Mazzini 6 stop or else you will find yourself walking for one hour back to site as the bus drivers do not announce the ancient ruins stop.

2) Circumvesuviana

This is the most convenient way to get to Pompeii. Take the Napoli/Sorrento line and get off at Pompeii Scavi stop. The Porta Marina entrance is just 50 metres away from the station. The ticket costs 2.90 euros and it goes all the way to Sorrento!!


Pompeii has 9 regions which is further divided into insulaes.

Pompeii's topographical layout is as complex and vast as its history. Touring the whole complex will take up one whole day, so be prepared for lots of walking. As you enter Porta Marina, you will see the entrance booth and the full admission fee costs 12 euros.

The quadriportico dei teatri (above) was initially used for the audience to stroll between acts and later as a barracks for gladiators.