Pompeii is one place to visit when you are in Italy; the history alone is worth a trip. The first time I was here was in 2001 when I backpacked through Europe. I remember staying in Sorrento, getting up early the next day to catch the 10:07 train that would take us into Pompeii. At this time, I was hanging out with Renata and Ye whom I had met on Busabout and they had wanted to see the ruins as well.
It was surreal walking along the streets where others had walked before me; those who were killed by the fallen ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered the entire city in ash. I am not sure where I heard this but was told that the bodies had disintegrated leaving an outline of their bodies where an outline was made to show the person’s expressions as they were dying.
I hope you love mazes since Pompeii is like walking through a maze. You never know which way to turn to get out of the area you are in or what will be around the next corner.
The last time I visited the ruins was in 2004 when my mom and I were in Italy for two weeks. It was just as I remembered it.
I would love to hear your thoughts on Pompeii if you’ve ever visited this city or if you ever decide to plan a daytrip here. You need to experience the ruins for yourself and immerse yourself in the history that this city provides.