Pompeii Ruins : when to visit and other info

When are you visiting Pompeii?

Are you wondering when visit Pompei? The old and ancient city, buried under the ash thousands of years ago, is one of the most incredible and spectacular destinations not just in Europe but worldwide.

Visiting Pompeii is a good idea all year long. The ruins comprehend buildings and structures that are possible to visit inside out. It is a loved destination for tourists during summer, but there is no reason why you should miss it during winter. Incredible views, findings, and objects depict the images of a life that we’ve seen just in movies and studied at school. The inner and unique magic of Pompeii is exactly that: life here didn’t quite explode; more accurately, it froze.

Just by walking around, you can easily imagine how life ran in those ancient times. The shops with the artisans at work, the carpenters, the parlors all around the main squares. A lively and vivid representation of what regular life must have looked like during the Roman Empire

Pompeii Ruins have the power to leave visitors enchanted and pensive. In addition to all the objects, the buildings, and the old villas where aristocracy used to live, there is something truly indescribable. Here there are plaster casts of bodies. Archaeologists have unearthed 1,150 bodies out of 2,000 in Pompeii’s wreckage, showing the past lives and final moments of Vesuvius’s victims. The bodies of Pompeii were all trapped in one final pose. It was thought that the facial expressions revealed in the plaster were the victims’ gasps for air. Unfortunately, the building that the plaster casts were originally housed in suffered extensive damage in World War II, and are now located in several places around the city.

What to see at the excavations

Forum and Temple of Apollo and Jupiter

Starting our journey from Porta Marina you will find yourself in what was once the ancient heart of Pompeii: debates, events, and commerce took place in this square and the main religious and administrative buildings. Around this square, you will find many places to visit but in particular, the temples of Apollo and Jupiter.

House of the Faun

This one is found near the Forummajestic Roman villa, among the oldest in the city, and surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Given the breadth and elegance of the decorations, including splendid mosaics (some kept in the Archaeological Museum of Naples), it is assumed that it belonged to a Roman aristocrat. The name of the house comes from a small statue depicting a dancing Faun placed in the atrium of the building.

Teatro Grande and Teatro Piccolo

Ancient street in Pompeii, in the center of the excavations. A short walk from the Casa del Fauno, there are the Teatro Grande and the Teatro Piccolo, connected to each other. The first is the most important, it dates back to the 2nd century BC., and it’s still the framework for operas and concerts during the summer period. The structure could accommodate about 5,000 spectators, distributed among the various sectors that made up the bleachers.

The plays of Plautus and Terence were staged in the Teatro Grande, while the Teatro Piccolo was destined small musical concerts

The Amphitheater

The ruins of Pompeii. Near one of the entrances stands the one that is the oldest stone structure ever discovered: it dates back to 80 BC and is a theater capable of seating 20,000 spectators. If once the theater hosted the fights of gladiators, today it is the setting for a completely different type of event: in the 70s, Pink Floyd recorded their “Live at Pompeii” here, a concert without an audience.

Outside the excavations: what to see in the city of Pompeii

Although the excavations are the main attraction, there are other things to see and do in the town of Pompeii. Pompeii is not only history and culture, but there are also some opportunities for shopping and savoring the local cuisine.

How to get to Pompeii

A Pompeii 4 hours tour is the best solution if you are not sure how much time you’d like to spend in Pompeii ruins, and therefore, you just need a private, comfortable transfer from your accommodation to Pompeii. We can assure you that this solution is much better and more convenient than booking a taxi: our vehicles are extremely comfortable and fully accessorized and all our drivers are highly qualified staff, with a high knowledge of the area and can speak English.