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A European Engagement: Pompeii

We got to the train station to travel to Pompei in Rome fairly early to make sure we had time to validate our Eurail passes and figure out where we were going.

Figuring out the Eurail was not too difficult, we just had to pay attention to our ticket details, and jump onto the right train. The journey was about two hours, with one train switch in Naples. The view out both sides of the train the entire time was incredible! We had the coast on one side and the mountains on the other.

When we arrived at the train station, we started the directions to get to our air bnb, but trying a shortcut, we ended up stuck in some strange alley that was like a garden and chicken farm all in one.

 {Pro Tip: download a navigation app ahead of time. The app we use to navigate around while leaving our phones on airplane mode is called Maps.me. To use the app, you simply download the location map of where you are going ahead of time and save locations of interest. From there you are able to get directions to where you need to go, all offline.}

After walking back to the Eurail station and trying again, we finally made it to our (massive) air bnb. We checked in and got ourselves settled before we headed out to find some dinner.


(A lot of the toilets don't have a toilet seat here for some reason, and all homes we have stayed in have bidets in the bathroom)

We can even see Mt. Vesuvius from our window!

We ended up at I Matti La Pizzeria for firebrick oven pizza for dinner in the garden, and oh my gosh was this pizza good! This might have been the best thing we ate the entire trip.

The next morning we woke up pretty early, and headed to the ruins of Pompei around 8:30am for opening at 9am to beat the crowds and the heat.

The volcanic eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD buried the ancient city of Pompei in 16 feet of ash and volcanic rock, killing over 20,000 people. The ash was so airtight, it created the perfect seal to preserve both the city and even human remains, creating casts around these skeletons, so we are still able to see what some of these final moments looked like.

The ruins are huge and the city goes on and on, it's almost impossible to see it all.

Small area where hot food was served similar to restaurants

City forum

(Note Mt Vesuvius in the background)

Bath houses (separate rooms for men and women and cold vs warm water areas)

It was really challenging to figure out how to read the tour guide map because the site is so large and broken up into so many areas.

The site is still being excavated, and you often will find archeologists around the site working.

Our original plan after the ruins was to hike to the top of Mt. Vesuvius, however, we had already hiked to the top of one volcano in 90 degree heat, and we weren't feeling much like doing it again.

Instead, we got some cool down ice cream cones and a bit of lunch, we decided to take the train to the beach for the rest of the afternoon on the Amalfi Coast at Vico Equense.

We took the train from Pompei Scavi station to Vico Equense, where we then had a very steep walk downhill to reach the beach. Once again the Mediterranean Sea shared its beauty with us as we swam and played in the warm water.

We were lucky enough to catch the bus that drove back up the steep hill so we didn't have to walk up this time. We grabbed some dinner and finally got to try the famous Limoncello.

We watched the sunset in the little beach town before taking the train back to our air bnb to pack up and head to Pisa.

Ciao Pomepi!

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