- when all the roads lead to Rome, have your camera ready
- Pompeii pictures and travel information
- evening photography in Venice
- canals of Venice
- crazy colorful Burano
A Pompeii visit is easy to do from Naples or Rome. A city frozen in time after the volcanic eruption in AD 79. That year Mount Vesuvius erupted after a series of earthquakes, and Pompeii and the nearby Herculaneum were the victims. Ironically the eruption on August 24th was just one day after Vulcanalia, the celebration in honor of Vulcan – the Roman god of fire (and volcanoes). That day the whole area was covered in ash and became buried for 1500 years. A tragic story – and Pompeii destruction became the classic urban tragedy.
If you want to go directly to the Pompeii pictures you can do so.
A Pompeii visit is a lesson in history and a great photographic experience. Walking on the cobbled streets feels eerie. It is easy to recognize bars, temples and simple houses.
how to get to Pompeii
From Rome there are regular trains that arrive in Naples. They leave Termini station in Rome, take about 2h30 and one-way costs €11. The ticket can be used at any time on the regular trains, so it is a good idea to buy also the return ticket. The train only goes as far as Naples, but it is very simple to continue the journey.
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From Naples central train station we had to go outside and change to the smaller station of Circumvesuviana. This is a train line that joins Naples to the little towns around Mount Vesuvius. Two stations are of interest: Herculaneum Scavi and Pompeii Scavi. The ticket price is €1.80. These are the starting points for the visits to the archaeological sites. There is also a Pompeii exhibition in Naples, at the Archaeological museum.
From the train station Pompeii Scavi the entrance to the site is 50m away. The entrance fee is €11. The ticket includes a map of the area and a booklet with information on the different sights. The Pompeii map is very useful, as the area is large and some of the sights are not easy to identify.
things not to miss on a Pompeii visit
This is a list of Pompeii sights which I liked, but it is great to discover things on your own.
- Villa dei Misteri with replanted vineyards
a bit out of the way, so if your time is limited you can skip it
- the Amphiteathre
on the eastern side of the site
- the Forum
the fora were central to Roman life, and you can imagine the city coming back to life
- the Lupanar
somewhat hard to find, this ancient brothel has very well preserved frescoes with (presumably) the services available
- the theater
it would be great to see a play here, I wonder if in the summer there are events hosted here
- the bars
I counted more than 8 bars, and I am sure I missed a few
There are a lot of sights to look for, and it can be tedious to find them all. I really enjoyed the experience of walking the streets of a 2000 years old city.
a visit from away
The British Museum has a temporary exhibition called “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum”. It starts on March 28th and runs until September 29th. A London visit cannot be complete without going to the British Museum, and this exhibition is an additional reason to go.
If you prefer armchair exploration, Amazon stocks the very interesting book “Pompeii: the History, Life and Art”. If you prefer a more visual introduction, BBC Earth has a very good series on Pompeii.
Pompeii picture gallery
I took the pictures below with the Fuji X-E1 and the XF 18-55. I think this is a great travel camera combination – light, good image quality and a joy to use. You can read my review of the Fuji X-E1 here.