Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius, Italy 2015

We booked a tour online with City Wonders that would pick us up at 7am in Rome for a long drive to Pompeii for the excursion. Our lunch and entrance tickets for the Pompeii Lost City were included in the price and we would be back by 11pm. We were a bit skeptical as we would be sat on a coach for a total of 6 hours (3 there and 3 back) and this is hugely something out of our comfort zone. Plus with Lennart being 196cm tall he’s not the comfiest person sitting on a coach, but we really wanted to visit so we prepared ourselves for the long journey.

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From the first hour on the coach to Pompeii we already had a great impression of how the rest of the day would go. Our guides were Luca and Dmitri who were fantastic! Luca told all different information about the region, the food and the history of castles on the way in such an interesting and comic way that we really enjoyed it. He also made it personal by adding in little stories of his wife and children and how they have experienced life in the region.

Once we arrived at the Pompeii ruins we were appointed to a guide who works at the Lost City to show us a main walking route that takes 2.5 hours. Right from the start it was impressive and fascinating to be walking through the ruins. Experiencing the houses of how some of the richer families lived to the poor areas where the famous brothels were. Truthfully we could have spent all day exploring there, but for an excursion this was the perfect amount of time. It is definitely a place we will return to and explore more.

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(It’s been hard to choose which photos to share as we have so many! This last photo above shows Mount Vesuvius in the background, where we headed next.)

Back on the overheating coach we headed to a booked restaurant for lunch. We were treated to a set meal of a fresh salad, a Napoleon pizza of our choice and a much needed cold drink, since it had reached 29°c! From there we had about a 40 minute drive up to the highest part of the volcano. Lots of twists and turns in the road definitely made it a challenge for the coach driver but he did a fantastic job getting us to the top, most likely something he does often on these excursions.

We bought a fresh cold water at the temporary little shop and prepared ourselves for the steep walk to the top of the volcano. It was temporary because the previous little shop had been struck by lightening a few weeks before!

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We were prepared with our sneakers on, rather than some guests with high heels on. There was a time limit of 20 minutes for us all to get to the top and enjoy the views before having to get back to the coach as we still had the 3 hour drive back to Rome.

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If you open this photo above larger, you can see the dried lava/volcanic rock in grey from the eruption from 1944.  The other two photos are of the creator of the volcano.

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We were extremely lucky for such a clear day. There was a super friendly Chinese guy on the tour that took our photo at the top, he lost his wife near the coach as she was wearing heels and literally couldn’t walk up the steep part, but he didn’t want to miss out and joined us to the top.

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The day ended back in Rome at 12pm, later then expected due to some traffic from Naples. We highly recommend City Wonders tours, since we can’t think of any negative things to say about the day as we were well informed about the history of Pompeii, Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the overall service was fantastic. If we visit another city that the tour company is based in we will certainly book another excursion with them.

Day Trip to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

36 thoughts on “Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius, Italy 2015

  1. What a great day!! The photos at the Pompeii site are particularly fascinating 😉 I’m guessing that you both survived the three hour trip each way okay?? It’s amazing what we can push ourselves to tolerate when we know the payoff will be worth it. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  2. The views from the top of the volcano are stunning. I have climbed up the Teide volcano in Tenerife, and this looks a bit less demanding. I would love to hike up this one as well.

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  3. Wow! It looks like you all had a busy day. Would you recommend a tour or do you wish you had explored on your own? We went to Pompeii in 2015 as well and just explored on our own. I loved that we could take our time but I think I would have enjoyed the guide explaining things and telling me stories 🙂

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  4. I really enjoyed Pompeii too. I went years ago though, so probably worth going again and I would love to visit Mt Vesuvius. I love the picture of you guys at the top!

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  5. Corr – I can’t imagine how uncomfortable it must have been sitting on a coach for that long at almost 200cm tall – I hope there was sufficient leg room! The views from the top look beautiful!

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  6. That is one part of Italy I still have to discover! And despite all the hype around the Amalfi coast I’m much more intrigued by Pompeii!! I have a question regarding the food if you don’t mind me asking. What is a Napoleon pizza?

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    1. We sure would love to go back one day to spend more time there as one day on a tour did give us limitations to Pompeii and the area. The Napoleon pizza is cooked with tomatoes that are grown on the land from Mount Vesuvius and with buffalo mozzarella cheese :). For the rest I believe it’s cooked with the same ingredients as you usually find.

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