Travel Italy: Sorrento to Pompeii

Travel Italy: Sorrento to Pompeii

Travel Italy: Sorrento to Pompeii

Travel Italy: Sorrento to Pompeii

WJ Tested: Insight Vacations Italian Escapade Tour: Day 12 – From Sorrento we drive north towards Mount Vesuvius, for a guided tour of Pompeii.

Excavated artifacts at Pompeii

Excavated artifacts at Pompeii

Two days in Sorrento was certainly not long enough, but it was just the right amount of time for us to determine that we would revisit the area again and plan to stay for a couple of weeks. Today’s destination was Rome, but first we would visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii which in AD 79 was buried by a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Walking the cobbled streets of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii

Walking the cobbled streets of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii

A beautiful morning in Sorrento started with a 6:30 am wake-up call, with bags out by 7 am we went to breakfast at the rooftop terrace of Hotel Regina. By 7:45 am we met up with our group and Tour Director Mark in the lobby for a 10-minute walk to where Alberto was waiting with the coach (outside the city walls). Departing Sorrento at 8:00 am Mark started his commentary about the history of Pompeii – and kept us completely enthralled during the 1 hour drive.

Local Tour Guide Willy at Pompeii

Local Tour Guide Willy at Pompeii

Upon arriving in Pompeii we met with local guide Willy for our tour. Again we bypassed the long lines of tourists waiting to enter and spent 90-minutes touring the grounds, listening carefully to all the pertinent information Willy shared along the way.

Roman Amphitheater at Pompeii

Roman Amphitheater at Pompeii

Located south of the city of Naples, Pompeii lay buried and preserved under volcanic ash for more than 1,600 years. Now it is possible to visit the site, see the excavated ruins and get a glimpse into the daily life of the Romans that lived during the time before the eruption. Note: The cobbled streets between the ruins are very uneven and may be challenging to walk on.

Walking the cobbled streets of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii

Walking the cobbled streets of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii

Pompeii - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Pompeii – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Exploring Pompeii

Exploring Pompeii

Frescoes at Pompeii

Frescoes at Pompeii

Exploring Pompeii, Italy with Insight Vacations

Exploring Pompeii, Italy with Insight Vacations

Once our tour was completed we had about 30 minutes of free time outside the site – there are cafes and souvenir stalls near where the coaches pick-up passengers.

NextCassino War Cemetery

Previous: Insight Vacations Italian Escapade Tour –  Tour Overview | Meet and Greet in Rome! | Rome with Local Historian | Skip the Lines – Vatican Museums | Siena | Florence & Michelangelo’s David | Florence to Pisa | Exploring Baveno and Stresa on Lake Maggiore | Prosecco at Fratelli Berlucchi Vineyard | Visiting the Medieval City of Verona | Venice and Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal | Murano Glass and Venice Gondola Ride | Classe and Assisi | Assisi to Sorrento | Optional Dinner at a Sorrento Farm | Exploring the Isle of Capri | Amalfi Coast Drive & Positano |

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Note: WAVEJourney were guests of Insight Vacations for their April 30 – May 12, 2013 Italian Escapade tour. Read our full disclosure statement to see that this has no effect on our reviews.

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