Getting here: From Rome Termini Station, you can purchase a train ticket for about $30 to Naples. Then, take the subway/train heading towards Sorrento and get off at the Pompei stop.
Where we stayed: Agora Hostel
This has been my favorite hostel stay in Europe so far! The hostel owners, Lorena and Vince, were the most gracious hosts. They made sure our stay was a wonderful experience and recommended some great restaurants and even let us borrow their Pompeii ruins map and guide book! Alex and I shared a private room that included a bathroom. Thankfully, the hostel provided towels, sheets, and wifi. The hostel doubles as a restaurant as well and if Lorena cooked her vegetarian lasagna, I HIGHLY recommend you order it!
Toured Pompeii Ruins
The Ruins are quite possibly the coolest thing I have ever seen so far in my 23 years. There is so much history held in this area and it’s nice to be able to reflect on the lives of Pompeiians from thousands of years ago. It can be amazing to think about just how similar we are to them even though we live in a different millennium. Pompeii included homes of the wealthy with vineyards, simple homes, a brothel, various amphitheaters for sports, theater, and poetry readings, and much more. We spent about 6 hours in the Ruins. I’ll just let my photos do the talking 😉
Pompei Sanatorium & Belfry
Sanatoriums and cathedrals were often the cause of new communities throughout Europe. As such, the rest of the city forms around them and these buildings become an important part of the communities center and history. The Sanatorium is gorgeous inside and definitely worth checking out. There is also a small museum. Lorena and Vince recommended we go to the top of the Belfry for a stunning view of Pompei and surrounding areas. It’s only $2 and well worth it!
Take the EAVBUS for about $20 roundtrip. It will take you up to the hiking point where you can purchase entry tickets for around $5.
At first, we only planned on being in Pompeii for a day but added on an extra 24 hours just to climb Vesuvius. It’s a pretty steep walk and I’m not gonna lie, I definitely wanted to give up half way through. So much so that halfway up, we ran into a small souvenir shop. Alex ran in and purchased a Mars bar. My favorite! But he wouldn’t allow me to eat it until I reached the top. The walk was much easier from then on. Alex sure does know how to motivate me, hahaha!
I’m so glad I didn’t give up! Vesuvius offers an incredible view of it’s surrounding areas and there’s also wine for $1.50 at the top. The hike was well worth the view. Plus, how many people can say they’ve climbed a volcano?!
After the hike, we took a train to Sorrento for the evening. I’ve seen so many gorgeous photos of this place so it was definitely somewhere I wanted to check out. It’s a cute little city during the off-season with it’s Christmas lights but I’m positive it’s a much better experience during the summer, even though that also means loads of tourists. Maybe one day I’ll go back to explore some more but it was nice to see the Mediterranean coast for a few hours.
Have you ever been to Pompeii? What’s your favorite travel experience?