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Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei, Pompeii

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Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei, a World Heritage site, was once a thriving Roman city. The famous cataclysmic eruption of the nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE destroyed it, as well as nearby Herculaneum, Stabiae, Oplontis and part of Boscoreale. When the volcano erupted, the entire settlement was covered with a deep layer of ash. Nearly 3,000 people died that day, and the ash quickly settled, preserving the city in almost its original state. Today, this is an open-air museum of the everyday life as it must have been when the ancient Roman civilization flourished here. Among the thousands of objects perfectly preserved by ash are ceramic pots, jewelry, furniture, and frescoes. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei and many more Pompeii attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Pompeii tour planner.
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  • It is definitely worth a detour for! A great piece of history! Although it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the real excavations of the reconstructions. Take a good guide or audio guide with it because otherwise you know not what you see.
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  • Second stay, second visit. Place still as magical even if many visitors are present initially. The crowd, the groups scattered after the entry.
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  • Maybe it's the tenth time I go there, and words are not enough to describe. It missed me by about three years, and I found the complex much improved for order, cleanliness and functionality
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  • One of the archaeological wonders of the world. The sheer scale of the site means that it is hard to take in. The whole site is still being excavated, so be prepared for certain buildings to be inexplicably closed, with no information an any given day. That being said, it is truly astonishingly. There tends to be very little in the way of information in the buildings, so it is definitely worth investing in a little guide book from the ticket office, or an audioguide. Make sure you read up thoroughly about the site and the eruption before you go, because this will help you keep the perspective that the whole site used to be buried, and the destruction that Vesuvius dealt to the whole area.
  • We visited Pompeii on a beautiful sunny day in October 2014. We took a guided tour around and were shown around half of the site (maybe less) in the 3 hour tour, though the guide insisted that we had seen everything she considered to be the best bits. It was worth taking the guided tour, just so that you know what exactly you're looking at, but afterwards I kind of felt that I wanted to go back on our own and just explore. The thing we didn't count on is the sheer size of the site, it's 170 acres, so be prepared for a lot of walking. Taking in the sites of the Roman baths, the temples, the forum and some of the body casts was simply staggering, so much of the site is exquisitely preserved, there's even still some ancient graffiti remaining on the walls, mosaic tiled floors and beautifully plastered and painted walls. When you consider that these ruins are nearly 2000 years old they are remarkably well preserved. The entrance fee is 11 Euro, but if you plan on seeing Herculaneum as well, there is a combined ticket (valid for 3 days) for 20 Euro. If you are holidaying the the Naples area, Pompeii is simply a must see. I loved it and I feel the need to return.
  • Good to see but not overly impressed. Vast site and lots to walk around and see but for me the best things were the large exhibition pieces that had been put on site for a few months! Just was expecting more, maybe not my cup of tea. If you are into archaeology then you will love it.
  • It's truly beautiful. You need time to take in all the areas and listen to the stories via audio guides. A personal guide is much better. Very crowded and it can get very hot here.
  • must visit. need to have water , good shoes, and a hat. look where you walk. i was looking at a map and fell head first into the ancient rocks. was very very luck did not have to be hospitalized. get a guided tour or read ahead in advance.