18 Jun Pompeii

The ruins of Pompeii lie five miles from the foot of Mount Vesuvius in the western region of Campania. This ruined ancient roman city was destroyed on August 24th 79AD when the volcano erupted and brought destruction to the city, killing 3,000 citizens in the process. Today the site offers a throwback of yesteryear and serves as an excavation site encompassing numerous museums and relics and remains one of the most fascinating landmarks in all of Europe. Frozen in time, this ancient city which was reduced to rubble plays host to numerous individual sights including The Basilica, the Temple of Apollo and The Amphitheatre.

If you have some spare time on your hands the nearby town of Herculaneum also offers a fascinating insight into the day Vesuvius brought chaos to this corner of Italy. Herculaneum was also destroyed during the eruption but not to the same extent as Pompeii and to this date it has been rebuilt to resemble the ancient city of old. Pompeii serves as the ruins while Herculaneum shows us how the ancient Romans persevered to overcome the devastation caused by the eruption.


Prices range from €5.50 to €11 while EU citizens under the age of 18 get free admission upon showing valid identification.

How to get there

The ruins of Pompeii are located 33.5km south of the city of Naples. Drive along the A56 until you reach SS162Dir. Follow this route and E45 to Via Plinio/SS18, where you will take the exit signposted Pompei from E45 to arrive in modern day Pompei (written with single I).

Opening Hours

From the 1st of April until the 31st of October the site is open every day from 8.30 AM until 7.30 PM. For the rest of the year the site closes at 5.00 PM. Last entrance is always ninety minutes prior to closing time.

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Glenn Dowd