After spending an exhausting day running around Rome, Mr. A and I were in for another doozey when our ship docked in Naples the following day.
|Mt. Vesuvius from our van|
Anyway, after packing everyone into the van, we headed out for our 30 minute journey to Pompeii. Of all of our Rome in Limo drivers, I think this one had to be the quietest. He literally didn’t talk the entire drive, which was semi understandable when he was focusing on driving in the Amalfi Coast. I thought maybe we would get a little history lesson on the way to Pompeii but he didn’t really say anything. Maybe, he just wanted to save it for our Pompeii guide?
The Romans also had their own pseudo street lights. As you can see above, they lined the sidewalks with white tiles on the edge. These tiles reflected the moonlight in the evening, illuminating the path.
At the intersection of the streets, we often found a water fountain. These public fountains provided water to everyone and were continuously running.
Also, I would definitely recommend using a guide. Pompeii is really crowded. A guide will know which places to hit first and where to go if one location is full. They will also yell at other guides in Italian when they’ve cut the line or broken the rules (always a good thing).
You also want to bring some water with you. Pompeii doesn’t have very much shade (that’s what happens when a city gets buried underground for 2000 years) so you will be standing in the blazing sun for hours without any respite. I thought our tour guide was being a little dramatic about the heat warnings but I can attest to the fact that out of anywhere we went this was probably the hottest because you couldn’t escape the sun. Make sure you stay hydrated and wear your sunblock.
And finally, make sure you bring your imagination with you. Pompeii takes a life of its own when you start to dream about its inhabitants and their everyday lives. It’s something that will stick with you far after you leave.