Visiting Pompeii

One of the reasons why I wanted to visit Naples really bad was because I’ve always been fascinated by Pompeii. Ever since watching a documentary about it when I was younger, ever since hearing my sister talk about it and ever since I got history lessons about it in school. Pompeii is fascinating – while her story is both sad as astonishing. The remains of Pompeii are still very intact, and every house, every street and every found item tells you a story. When you walk on the streets of Pompeii you feel what has happened so many years ago. It’s undeniable.


It took me a 2 hour bus ride to go to Pompeii from out the busstation of Naples. In those two hours I’ve learned a lot about Italian driving maners, and to be honest – I’m glad I wasn’t the one driving. The bus drives a road that goes around Mount Vesuvius, the vulcano that erupted so many years ago – leaving Pompeii with nothing but ruins. You also drive along the new city of Pompeii – the modern, rebuild city. Finally I noticed signs of the actual historical sight of Pompeii – we were getting close. I saw more and more tourists gathering. In rental cars, tour busses, in my bus and in taxis. It didn’t take long before my bus driver yelled ‘Pompeii!’ with his Italian accent, through the bus. I, and a handful of other tourists and families got out, excited. Still, I was nervous visiting it, because this would be my first activity to do solo.


‘One ticket’, I said it in confidence, but I did keep an eye on the lady trying to find out whether she found it strange that such a young girl asked for only one ticket. She didn’t seem to find it strange, so, I thought to myself, it’s probably more common to visit Pompeii on your own. And with that attitude I walked onto the sight, forgetting that I was traveling solo overall. After only seeing a couple of ruins I was blown away. I was actually there. I walked the steps of Pompeii.


Pompeii is massive, and when you don’t have a map you WILL get lost and you WON’T see everything there is to see. The sun was burning in my face, my camera hang heavily around my neck and I tripped over the stones in the ground more than a couple of times. Yes I’m blonde. It took me about 5 hours before I finally felt like I saw it all, and before I felt comfortable enough to leave. Bye Pompeii. I’ll never forget you. I finished my day of Pompeii with a pizza – as you do in Naples. I walked around in the giftshops and enjoyed the weather, preparing for a long trip home.

Visiting Pompeii is definitely something you must do when you are in Italy. Pompeii is one of the most valuable history lessons you’ll get in Europe, and no tourist should miss it. However, if you don’t like the touristy side of it you should consider visiting Herculaneum, a smaller, lesser known village that also got victimized by the eruption of the Vesuvius.


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  • How Beautiful, So must history.

    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

  • I went to Pompeii when I was just 6 but would love to go back to appreciate it even more!

  • The place looks amazing! Really beautiful.
    Good vibes Fox

  • This is really really high on my bucket list! Was it a solemn location? I feel like Pompeii is often romanticized like fairy tale more than a tragedy. Looks beautiful either way..

    • It’s very touristic and what happened there is often forgotten. But the weirdest thing for me was that there were actual bodies laying there (bodies covered with a layer of stone or ash or something) disposed. It was so unbelievable crowded around these bodies and everyone photographed it as a museum piece. While I only though ‘Oh my god, there is a human body lying there’ – I don’t want to see that! Some people (or actually a lot) forget the tragedy and only see the touristic aspects.
      Nevertheless you should definitely visit it – you can get tours and learn about the historical days and the actual day of the vulcano eruption.

  • Pompeii is high on my list, too! We studied it a lot in my Anthropology classes and I would love to see those classes come to life.

  • Amazing place, how did I never thought about visiting Pompeii?!

  • Super jealous! Looks amazing!

  • Lovely photos! Pompeii is such a fascinating place, it’s too bad that the Italian government doesn’t take better care of it… And I’m sure lots of people visit it alone, I think that’s something I’d like to do because then you can take all the time you need to get properly into the atmosphere of the place. As well as Herculaneum, there is also Ostia Antica, the ancient harbour of Rome, which is less crowded and, on a smaller scale, quite similar to Pompeii. 😉

    Julia xx
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  • Cherri Littleton Megasko

    What an awesome destination! My husband lived near Naples for three years back in the 80s, but I’ve never been there. It’s definitely on our list. Great post!

  • Oh, the grandeur that once was, annihilated in an instant by a cruel twist of fate. Like you, I was fascinated by the story of Pompeii, particularly the poignant remains of the people who were tragically cut down shielding their children, embracing, etc. I hope to visit someday.

  • I lived in Italy for a long time but didn’t get to visit this place! However, I have a lot of food recommendations in Naples if you are interested! Thanks for sharing, Yvonne!

  • Lesley

    I’ve always been fascinated by Pompeii as well, but it’s still on my list. I remember touring the ruins in Rome and thinking the same thing about the heat though. It was sweltering. I wouldn’t want to get lost.

    Fantastic photos; I especially like the walkway photo with the columns on one side and the wall on the other. Stunning!

    • Thank you! It was quite hard to make pretty photographs though with all those tourists. I had to walk a long way from the entrance before finally seeing some alleys without tourists. For some reason you only see tourists on the beginning of the site.

  • Great photos! I love that you were able to get so many great shots without a bunch of tourists in the photos 🙂 I’ve always been fascinated by Pompeii. It’s so incredible how the city is so well preserved. Unless you’re traveling with other people that have a genuine interest, I think this trip is perfect for a solo traveler, it really affords you the opportunity to take your time and soak in all the history. I hope I have the chance to visit one day!

    • I had to work for those photos though;-) Those tourists were everywhere! I had to walk a lot before finally finding some streets without tourists.
      It is pretty well preserved, I only found it too bad that all the wall paintings were gone. Those are the prettiest!

  • Joe Ankenbauer

    Love the photos. Such a somber place. I really enjoyed visiting a few years ago. Your photos brought back some wonderful memories.

    • I’m glad you liked the article:-) It really is a somber place, you visit it with mixed feelings: you want to see it really bad, and it is pretty to see but on the other side there have happened some really awful things there!

  • Food Travelist

    I visited Pompeii a few years back and it is an extraordinary place to visit. To wander around the ruins and imagine what it must have been like to live in that time and experience that tragedy. Glad you got to visit. Really enjoyed your photos they brought me right back there.

    • I’m glad you liked the article:-) It really was a tragedy, I did not like seeing those bodies – you actually see the position in which those people died. How horrible is that?

  • Dawn K

    Pompeii is extremely high on my list of places to see. Ever since I could read I was always looking at and reading about Pompeii. I don’t really know how I got my first book on Pompeii but I was oddly fascinated after the first. I’m glad you enjoyed your time there, regardless of being alone. 🙂

    • I was fascinated about it too! I’ve learned about it during history lessons at school when I was about 6, since then I always noticed articles, books and documentaries over Pompeii and I always.. always read and saw them!

  • Jenna

    I never realized how large Pompeii was, but I guess it makes sense. Thanks for the reminder to grab a map–I always forget about grabbing one 🙂 Great photos–looks like such a great day and really makes me want to go myself!

  • So glad I come across your blog. It is absolutely wonderful. My partner and I are planning on doing some travelling next year, and being half Italian, Pompeii has always been a fascination of mine and is up there on the places I want to see.


  • Marie-Lise Van Wassenhove

    Fijne blogpost en mooie foto’s! Ik ben er ook onlangs geweest en heb er ook een kort verslagje van geschreven:
    Ik zou trouwens sowieso ook Herculaneum aanraden – ik vond dat de sites elkaar mooi aanvulden.

    • Heb ik ook gehoord! En Herculaneum is rustiger, dus ook fijn om te bezoeken, toch?

      • Marie-Lise Van Wassenhove

        zeer zeker 🙂 – het laat toe om Pompeii beter te begrijpen