Pompei

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Pompei

Once home to 20, 000 people, this town was preserved for two millennia by the lava from Mount Vesuvius and now offers a fascinating glimpse into ancient Roman life.

Wander through the streets of Pompeii where time stopped nearly 2,000 years ago and has not begun again since. Mosaics and frescoes remain half finished, while the houses, shops and temples that were buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 attest to the preservative powers of pyroclastic flow.

Excavations started on the site of Pompeii in 1748, but it was over a century before the project was begun on a large scale. Now the site is one of the largest and most interesting ancient ruins in the world.

You enter Pompeii in the same way that ancient Romans once would have, through the arching brickwork of the Porta Marina. From here, make your way toward the Forum, a large town square with great views of Mount Vesuvius and skirted by several impressive two-story buildings. Also around the square you’ll see several columns where the Temple of Jupiter once stood, as well as the facade of the old city hall.

There are six bathhouses in Pompeii, but the Forum Baths are the best preserved. Numerous other public buildings, including more than 40 bakeries and 130 bars and restaurants, are dotted throughout town.

Pompeii was not an especially rich town, but some of the most impressive houses are those that belonged to its wealthier residents. The House of Vettii is the best preserved and features impressive frescoes and mosaics. Also worth a visit are the House of the Faun, with its famous bronze statue of a dancing faun, and the House of the Tragic Poet.

A trip from Naples to Pompeii can easily fill a day. To get there, take the Circumvesuviana line from Naples toward Sorrento. The town is open daily throughout the year and there is a charge for entry. If you want to explore other excavations in the area, such as Herculaneum, a three-day pass offers entry at a discounted rate.

Hotel Forum
Hotel Forum
4 out of 5
Via Roma 99/101, Pompei, NA
The price is £77 per night from 3 Dec to 3 Dec
Located in the heart of Pompei, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pompeii Archaeological Park and Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei. Villa Poppaea ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (978 reviews)
"Great location and very nice room. We were only staying one night, so we could explore Pompeii and Herculaneum. The hotel is literally right across the street from the south side Pompeii entrance. It was perfect for what we needed."

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2021

Hotel Forum
Resort & Winery Bosco De Medici
Resort & Winery Bosco De Medici
4 out of 5
Via Antonio Segni, 43, Pompei, NA
The price is £204 per night from 4 Dec to 4 Dec
Situated in the historical district, this family-friendly hotel is in the same region as Pompeii Archaeological Park, Pompeii Forum and Museo Archeologico Virtuale. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (350 reviews)
"This was a beautiful property off the beaten path and quiet. The pool was spectacular! Their own wine was very good! We toured Herculaneum and Pompeii during our stay."

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2021

Resort & Winery Bosco De Medici
Hotel Palma
Hotel Palma
4 out of 5
Via Piave 15, Pompei, NA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £97 per night from 1 Dec to 1 Dec
Located in the heart of Pompei, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei and Pompeii Archaeological Park. Pompeii ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (289 reviews)
"Everyone sooo kind! Perfect location to the Ruins. So clean! Comfortable beds and shower was hot and forceful! And the balcony made it perfect! Thank you!!!"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

Hotel Palma
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House
House
Piazzetta Concordia, 35/A, Pompei, Campania
The price is £60 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Situated in Pompei, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Sorrento Peninsula, Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei and Pompeii Archaeological ...
House
La Vie en Rose Residence
La Vie en Rose Residence
70 Via Nolana, Pompei, Napoli
The price is £77 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Situated in Pompei, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei and Pompeii Archaeological Park. Pompeii Forum is 1.4 ...
1.8/5 (4 reviews)
"We waited two hours and noone ever came!!! Called the number given on our receipt and nobody answered. The neighbors finally came down to say the owners are not renting anymore. The building did not have any number. No name to ring and the facade no longer say « la vie en rose » as shown on their ..."

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2021

La Vie en Rose Residence
Domus Venere holidayhome
Domus Venere holidayhome
Pompei, Campania
The price is £69 per night from 1 Dec to 1 Dec
Located in the heart of Pompei, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei and Pompeii Archaeological ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Domus Venere Claudia
"Siamo stati in sei ospiti da Domus Venere, e da suggerire, per quando riguarda l'appartamento e come descritto sull sito, e a d'ogni domanda sia su WhatsApp o telefonicamente si a una risposta in tempo rapido, se si a bisogno di avere dell'informazione su Pompei nell tempo di soggiorni la proprietaria ..."

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2019

Domus Venere holidayhome
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