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Pompeii is an ancient Roman town-city. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying everything under tons of volcanic ash until it was re-discovered in 1599. Today, it has become a popular tourist destination for visitors in the Campania Region of Italy and has the UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
This guided walking tour of Pompeii was part of our Naples/Pompeii tour that we booked through Viator. There are several Pompeii tours available in Viator or even Klook, usually combined with the option to visit Naples, Positano or Amalfi Coast. The tour is for two hours, focusing on Pompeii’s popular points of interest like the Forum, Lupanar and some of the Houses. You can also tour Pompeii on your own. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the official website of Pompeii.
Souvenir shops and restaurants line up the street outside the Pompeii Excavation site. We had lunch at one of the restaurants that were part of our Viator tour.
The Lupanar was Pompeii’s renowned brothel (Date of Excavation: 1862).
The phallus (erect penis) was a common image in Pompeii which could represent luck, protection, fertility or just simply pointing to the direction of the nearest brothel.
Mosaic Floors were preserved on the entrance hallway of the House of the Wild Boar.
Daedalus, a sculpture by Polish artist Igor Mitoraj, becomes a permanent fixture in the Temple of Venus in 2017 after a year-long exhibition of Mitoraj’s work at the archaeological site.
In Greek mythology, Daedalus was a skillful craftsman and artist.
I highly recommend visiting Pompeii if you have a day to spare on your trip to Italy. It is one of the most interesting places I’ve seen. If you have very limited time, the best thing to do is to book a tour guide so you can see the highlights like this one on Viator. There are many other tour options available, including private or small group tours. Should you prefer to go on your own, I suggest reading a bit about the history of Pompeii and the events that took place to appreciate your visit more.
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Shared Shuttle Bus Transfer between Fiumicino Airport to Rome Termini Station
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Rome Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour
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This blog post is Day 5 of my Italy Travel Diary Series. To read about the rest of my trip, click on the links below:
Day 1: Arrival in Rome – Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
Day 2: Colosseum and Roman Forum
Day 3: Vatican City (Papal Blessing/Angelus) and the Historic Centre of Rome
Day 4: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and Square
Day 5: Naples Bus Tour
Day 6: Arrival in Florence – First Class Guesthouse/Historic Centre of Firenze
Day 7: Barberino Designer Outlet
Day 8: Accademia and Uffizi Gallery
Day 9: Last Day in Rome – Night Views of the Colosseum and Castel Sant’ Angelo