When I think of Pompeii, the famous Bastille song immediately pops into my song. Eh-eh-o eh-o. However, Pompeii was famous long before they made a movie and a song about it. Talk about going at the right time! Pompeii, as you might know, is a 2000 year old city that was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79. The volcano ash managed to preserve the city and people, leaving it an important and historic sight to behold. Walking along the beautiful historic ruins is an eerie feeling, but you are able to appreciate how much history has been left intact for so many years. You really feel like you are back in ancient Rome walking on Pompeii’s historic streets and alongside the houses and structures. The lava may not be flowing today but join me in a sizzling and exciting day adventure to Pompeii with a quick stop in Naples for some delicious Neapolitan pizza!
Rosario from Sorrento Coast Limo took us on a day trip from Sorrento to Pompeii and Naples to experience a different side of south of Italy. We were dropped off directly at Pompeii’s entrance for an opportunity to explore the ancient city on our own. Since I had a flight to catch, I was only able to walk through the ruins in 2 hours. I recommend at least a half day at minimum to explore the grounds since there is so much to see and explore. You can join a tour guide for an additional 10 euros which I highly recommend since the size and the scope of this excavation is massive.
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One of the amphitheatres in Pompeii.
Each path looked like this everywhere you go, with its own intricacies of wall paintings and stonework.
So much of Pompeii is still preserved and the ruins felt so organized and extensive. Though the history of Pompeii is tragic, coming to Pompeii is a unique opportunity to celebrate how they lived and thrived rather than how it ended. Being able to see a centuries old city still in a relatively preserved condition is a memorable experience. I recommend getting a driver and guide for the day to save time on transportation. Our guide Rosario had a wealth of knowledge and made things much easier for us!
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– Do a full day to see Pompeii if your schedule allows it.
– Do a guided tour when you pay admission, it’s an additional €10. Otherwise, study the map ahead of time and mark what you want to see.
– Bring a lot of water, snacks, sunscreen or hat, and wear walking shoes. There are a lot of uneven steps and steep steps.
– Another option is to do a tour combining a visit to Pompeii and Vesuvius for the entire day.
We got picked up right on time from Pompeii and went to our next destination, Naples! It is often said Rome is Italy’s heart and that Naples is it’s soul. As we were roaming the streets, you will notice a significant amount of trash and graffiti on walls. Rosario mentioned it is still a very dangerous place due to the mafia. So travel tip for you all is to not venture down those narrow alleys, stick to the beaten path. If you do, you’ll find that each area has multiple beautiful churches surrounding one another. Rosario’s guidance was simply an exceptional way to see a glimpse of Naples as it is a somewhat complex and dangerous city. Before we headed to the Naples airport, it was essential we made a quick stop in Naples because I am a lover of pizza in all shapes, forms, and sizes. So it was mandatory to eat pizza from its true origin.
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Thanks to Rosario’s knowledge, he brought us to Pizzeria Trianon. Right across the street is the famous Pizzeria Da Michele which was featured in Eat, Pray, Love. Expect to find a long line out the door filled with tourists suffering through a long wait. That said, Pizzeria Trianon was just as good, if not better and you don’t have to stand in queue all day! The size of a pizza pie is huge per person but we still managed to scarf it all down because it was so delicious. The crust is crisp but the middle has a nice soft, tender center of juices from the piping hot cheese. The pizza has to be cooked in a wood burning brick oven to give it a nice smoky char on the soft dough, giving Neapolitan pizza this crisp and substantial texture. The cheese also has a nice and rich flavor. We got the Margherita Salsiccia e Funghi on the left (8 euros) and Maria Sofia Margherita on the right (4 euros). It’s unbelievable how much pizza you get for such a low price and at such amazing quality. A true and basic Neapolitan pizza are the ones with the fewest toppings: pizza marinara and pizza margherita. Like I always say, “keep it simple and you won’t get pimples.” Sometimes simplicity can go a long way.
Take a break from the beautiful coast in South of Italy and move inwards to make a visit to the remarkable grounds of Pompeii and get your Neapolitan pizza fix on in Naples today!