Tips for visiting Mount Vesuvius & Pompeii

If you’re traveling to Italy, visiting Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii have to be on your must see list. Before I left for my trip, I was trying to find tips for exploring Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii and couldn’t really find too much stuff so I’m here to help you out!

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View of Naples from Vesuvius

I decided to stay in Naples and designated a day just for Vesuvius and Pompeii. Being completely honest, I personally did not have a good experience in Naples and felt VERY uncomfortable walking around, so I’d recommend staying in Sorrento and taking the circumvesuviana train to see Pompeii and Vesuvius.

Tips for visiting Mount Vesuvius:

  1. Take the train – No matter where you stay at around Vesuvius and Pompeii, the circumvesuviana train is an easy way to have access to both. This train is more like a lightrail so you can’t buy your online, but there are ticket booths at each station and I didn’t have any problem communicating with the tellers. The stop you want to get off at is called Ercolano Scavi and right outside the station are buses that will drive you to the volcano.**BE ON YOUR GUARD FOR PICK POCKETS ON THIS TRAIN.**
  2. Wear comfortable shoes – The bus drops you off about half way up the volcano and you walk the rest of the way. Its a steep walk up to the top and you’re walking on loose dirt, so wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dusty and dirty!

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*A general tip in Italy* – Leave some time in between your plans throughout the day (Italians don’t seem to have a very good sense of time). The bus driver told us that he’d pick us up at noon and didn’t show up ’til almost 1 pm so give yourself some extra time!

Tips for visiting Pompeii:

1. Circumvesuviana Train – Use the circumvesuviana train again, but this time get off at Pompeii Scavi. This train is a nice cheap way to get around this area, but make sure nothing is in your pockets or you’re hands are blocking your pockets!! The entrance to Pompeii is right next to the train station.  DSC01164

2. Drink LOTS of water and wear sunscreen – I was in Italy in June so it was dry and hot when I went to Pompeii so water and sunscreen were top priorities before leaving the airbnb for the day. Throughout the ruins, there are water fountains to refill your water bottle so make sure to bring one!  DSC01181

3Bring a snack and grab a map – Pompeii is larger than I was expecting and I was there for atleast 4 hours walking around in the heat so bring a snack to hold you over. When you buy your tickets at the entrance, you have the option to get a map also (which I regret that I did not do). This will definitely help you scope out what you haven’t seen and where you are in this old city.

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4. Check out the artifacts – Just take my word for it. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but there are some REALLY cool things that have been dug up! The artifacts are located right next to the Forum.

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If you’ve been to Pompeii or Vesuvius or are planning to go there and have any questions, feel free to leave a comment! ♥

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