The ancient city of Pompeii is in Italy, just outside of Naples and was an important site within the Roman Empire. Having existed from around the 6th Century BC the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD buried the city, destroying its buildings and population. Now a historic site, the ruins attract approximately 2.5 million visitors every year making it one of the most popular attractions in the country. The remains uncovered many artefacts along with the gladiators’ arena and the impressive amphitheatre, which can be seen in the 1970’s film production by rock band Pink Floyd “Live at Pompeii”.
Nearest airport to the ruins is Naples International Airport and all the sites within Pompeii are easily accessible by train within a half hour journey, along with bus routes and via car. Opening times for Pompeii are from 8.30am, closing at 7.30pm during April to October and 5.30pm November to March. Entry costs €13 (concessions €7.50) with EU citizens under 18 free. Students over 18 and teachers gain half price entry. Access for those with limited mobility is catered for, with new pathways being laid during the course of 2016.
Book your tickets in advance online to avoid the queues, or visit on the first Sunday of the month when entrance is free of charge. There are downloadable maps and guidebooks available on the official website, so you can research the history prior to your visit. It is also worth taking advantage of guided tours, so research online meeting points and choose the best suited to you or your family.
Situated near to Pompeii are other archaeological sites: Hercolaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae so ensure you purchase additional tickets and make the most of your day. Or extend your stay with a pass valid for three consecutive days.
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When in Pompeii there are many historic venues from Roman times. These include the ancient ruins of Scavi di Pompei and the old communal Stabian Baths, experience where shows would have taken place at the Teatro Grande. With Naples only a short journey away visit Italy’s artistic heritage at Museo Cappella Sansevero, or venture underground into the Galleria Borbonica.
For more information about Pompeii, including: the history, travel information and opening times, maps and guides, the archeological sites (Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Boscoreale, Stabiae) along with news, events, details on any exhibitions and other information, see the official site here.
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