Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I took the circumvesuvius train from Naples centrale and after 30 minutes arrived to Pompeii Scavi. The old Pompeii is very short walk from the train station.
After buying a drink bottle with horrid price got my 11 euro ticket to the site. After some thought, I went back and also bought the audioguide. I usually am not a great fan of them, but this time it was better option than just a map or a guide book.
I walked around for nearly 6 hours. I did not do any of the suggested tours, but made one of my own and managed to escape the big tourist growds sometimes. Even in November there were quite a few tourists and big groups. I can just imagine how it is in spring or summertime. Ugh.
Lot of the statues and mosaics have been taken to museum in Naples, but still there is plenty to see here too. You can see the storage full of artefacts found on the site. Some of these were people living in Pompeii when the Vesuvius erupted. The city was just recovering from the earthquake and then the volcano erupted. People did not evacuate the city, but stayed and hid in their houses, which they had just been renovating.