Pompeii and Naples

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DISCOVER HISTORIC POMPEII AND COLORFUL NAPLES

POMPEII

Pompeii was an ancient Roman city near Naples, in the Campania region of Italy. Since Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., Pompeii is now a significant archeological site that provides a look into the life of ancient Italic people.

The city used to be very wealthy and reached its architectural peak during the Roman era. In the Imperial Age, many affluent families moved to Pompeii, and nowadays, tourists can enjoy a variety of historical attractions that survived the test of time.

The Forum

Located right next to the main gate, served as the heart of the city. Forum, from Latin “public place outdoors”, was used for a variety of activities, from vending of goods to significant religious events. It was a cultural and commercial center of the city.

The Forum Baths

You have a chance to see uncommonly well conserved Roman baths. You can have a glance at the elegant side of life in those ages. The baths were gender separated, and you could enjoy hot, cold, and tepid baths.

The Amphitheater

The enormous amphitheater is where all the ancient games took place and is, in fact, the oldest existing Roman amphitheater. As it is located at the very end of the city, you will not find as many tourists as in the other parts, therefore it is perfect for a small walk.

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Great Palestra

Located just next to The Amphitheater, was an exercise park used mainly for sports. Besides that it was a great area for young people.

The Stabian Baths

The oldest, as well as the biggest, bath in Pompeii. It is also less popular which gives a more relaxed atmosphere to sightsee. And there is a lot to see! Almost Olympic-sized swimming pool, with complementary gym and workout area. Further, you can see some preserved bodies, as disturbing as it sounds, that is ultimately what you came to see.

Garden of the Fugitives

One of the most popular sights in Pompeii, as this old vineyard, preserved molded sculptures of 13 bodies in the garden. It is a perfect showcase of those times and the final moments of the city.

NAPLES

Naples is rich with culture, food, and history. The city is a birthplace of pizza was and since the 19th century, it is being raised to pure art. Arguably the best pizza you will ever have, therefore, make sure to spend most of your trip consuming it! Two of the mandatory spots are Da Michele and Di Matteo, but every local has their own favorite, so make an attempt to try many of them.

National Archaeological Museum in Naples

One of the world-famous museums with the elements retained from the sites devastated by the Mount Vesuvius, such as Pompeii and Herculaneum. For those that prefer masterpieces from artists like Michelangelo or Andy Warhol, there is  Museo di Capodimonte.

 

But art can be found anywhere in Naples, even in the subway, where stations are filled with contemporary installations.

3 Castles

Naples is one of the oldest European cities.There is a total of 3 beautiful castles in Naples! Castel Nuovo, known as the “Egg Castle” was built in 1279. Castel Sant’Elmo is a fortress towering the city that dates back to year 1275. Castel Capuano is the oldest castle in Naples and was built in the 12th century, although it was laboriously restored therefore it does not showcase the aged character it should have.

 

Naples Underground

As Naples is built on soft, volcanic stone, the eradication of this rock constructed a series of tunnels, chambers, and caverns. This alluring scenery can be visited through a tour with Napoli Sotterranea.

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