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Following the mighty Mount Vesuvius’ destructive eruption in AD 79, the ancient city of Pompeii was little more than a distant memory. That is, until budding architect Domenico Fontana came across the site when digging a canal in the 16th century. Remarkably well-preserved for centuries thanks to a thick layer of volcanic stone from the Vesuvius’ eruption, the humble town of Pompeii stands today as a UNESCO heritage-listed site, providing travellers with a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse into ancient eras gone by. Stroll the streets of Pompeii and poke around millennia-old homes, shops, temples, cafes, amphitheatres and even the local brothel. See how the other half lived during this age-old era, uniquely fossilised and now one of the most compelling archaeological sites to date.

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Things to do in Pompeii

  • Our tips for Pompeii

    Our tips for Pompeii
    • It’s a day-trip destination. Seeing this UNESCO Heritage site is the highlight of touring the Pompeii region. The Pompeii Ruins can be explored in detail in a few hours, so a day trip from Rome is the ideal way to ensure you’re making the most of your Italian getaway.
    • Have a bath… or at least look at one. The oldest bath in Pompeii, the Stabian Baths boast a big chamber, and sees a lot less crowds than the city’s other bathing sites. Preserved bodies are also on display here.
    • Take some time out at the Great Palestra. Next to the amphitheatre, the Great Palace was also an ancient exercise park. The perfect place to take a breather, visitors often head to Great Palestra to have a picnic on these stunning greenery.
  • Good to know

    Good to know
    Best Time To Visit Pompeii is beautiful year-round, and should be added to your Italian itinerary no matter the season. During the hot summer months however, opt for a visit first-thing in the morning to avoid the early afternoon’s peak heat. The site is exposed to the sun throughout, so it’s important to take this into account when planning your schedule.
    Getting There Here’s our travel breakdown of the best ways to navigate your way through Rome.
    • If you're planning on driving, Pompeii is very accessible by car and is intersected by the motorway A3, and national roads SS18 and SS145.
    • Pompeii also has 4 railway stations; Pompeii Santuario, Pompeii Valle, Moregine lie, and Pompeii Scavi-Villa dei Misteri, which is located directly opposite to the famous ruins.
    • The Pompeii ruins itself is a walking site only, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes to protect your soles against the cobbles and uneven grounds.
    Stay Safe When visiting the Pompeii ruins, which attracts huge crowds, Keep these precautions in tow so your trip can go off without a hitch…
    • Be sure to protect yourself against pickpockets by staying vigilant, and keeping your personal belongings safe and secure.
    • In case of emergency dial 112 for police, or 115 for fire.