Pompeii is considered to be one of the few sites where an ancient city has been preserved in detail - everything from jars and tables to paintings and people were frozen in time, yielding an unprecedented opportunity to see how the people lived two thousand years ago.
When visiting Italy, Pompeii is a must see. Here is a short list of Pompeii travel tips:
1. This is a walking site only. Note that the old roman stone roads can be quite exhausting to walk, especially in the heat of summer with loads of fellow tourists about. Everyone will be walking on cobblestones and uneven ground.
2. The temperature is between 71 and 77 F in the summer. Make sure to take plenty of water. There are water taps and some of them work so remember to keep your empty bottles for refilling.
3. It is advisable to wear good footwear, sunscreen and hats.
4. There is a lot to look at and it will probably take all day to see everything, so plan a day trip.
5. Buy a decent map of the site, or you will get lost in the small roads and need to walk back and forth which is quite exhausting. Free maps and info booklets are given away at the entrance (in several different languages). Visitors need to request them from the Info booth beside the ticket windows.
6. Audio guides, tour guides and tour guide books are also available for purchase or hire at the entrance. (Please note that on Celtic Tours Escorted Vacations, tours of Pompeii are guided, when included in travel package)
7. Don't miss the "Garden of the Fugitives" at the south-east side where plaster casts of several victims, the Villa of the Mysteries, and have a look at random villas, as sometimes even small side rooms have amazing frescoes (wall paintings).
Discover the ancient city of Pompeii with Celtic Tours. A guided tour of Pompeii is included on our new special departure tour: Rome and Sorrento Extravaganza Tour.