Pompeii: The Ultimate Lost and Found
Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Italy, is one of those unique and powerful places everyone should have on their “places they see before they…” well, you know. When Mount Vesuvius erupted nearly 2000 years ago Pompeii was one of two cities beneath. Over the years the city and the surrounding villas have been excavated as a historical and educational testament to the power of nature as well as a monument to those who suffered the great volcano’s wrath.
Pompeii is actually one of five archaeological sites in the area. The others: Boscoreale, Oplontis and Stabia and Herculaneum offer you the opportunity to see ancient villas, jewels, coins and vineyards that have been unearthed from centuries of volcanic ash. But Pompeii remains the most popular destination, larger in life than what you imagine when reading a guidebook.
The work of uncovering the “lost city” continues. These painstaking restorations reveal more to the world everyday, and therefore, there’s no better time to visit if you’re in Italy. You can view active worksites and perhaps see live archaeological discoveries. Newly opened to the public, the house of Domus features a perfectly preserved bakery oven, a faithfully reconstructed garden and beautiful frescoes and mosaics. If visiting in the summer season, enjoy prestigious performances at the restored Great Theatre. There’s even a restaurant where you can dine on the traditional cuisine of Campania.
Pompeii can be reached quite easily by rail. Pompeii's Scavi Station is just 15 miles south of Naples and has trains running frequently throughout the day and late into the evening. This train route requires a separate ticket since it is privately owned and operated. These also continue out to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. If carrying a Eurail Pass or Italy Pass, the regular Trenitalia service can bring you from Naples Central to the modern city location of Pompei further from the archaeological site and Salerno.
Once off the train, just follow the signs to the main attraction. You can easily spend the entire day exploring. Participate in an educational walking tour and imagine life as it was in Roman times. There is a reason that movies depict Roman’s draped in light fabrics. It’s hot. Wear a hat and bring water.
Pompeii reminds us of a tragedy, but at the same time, it is a living city, telling a story about itself, its inhabitants and life through objects, paintings and architecture. The city speaks a universal language – a never-ending history lesson that tugs at our hearts.
Contributed by: Susan, Director of Business Development who is willing to endure long flights and airline food just to experience 'la dolce vita'!