Pompeii and Vesuvius Excursion
The promise of a Pompeii and Vesuvius excursion is what draws many tourists to the Amalfi Coast.
If you are coming from Naples, Rome, or any of the smaller coastal cities like Positano and Amalfi, it is quite easy to hire our private chauffeur to take you to Pompeii.
Some people make their Pompeii and Vesuvius excursion just a day trip, while others prefer to spend a couple of days studying this famous and historically important site.
The Ruins of Pompeii
Of the most fascinating things visitors will be able to see on their Pompeii and Vesuvius excursion are the ruins of Pompeii. In 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted, devastating the city of Pompeii and killing thousands of inhabitants.
In ensuing years, a “new” Pompeii was built, but in the 18th century, the remains of the buried city were discovered, and are still being excavated today.
As a result of the excavations, visitors can walk through the remains of old churches, brothels, and theaters that are nearly 2,000 years old.
As an experienced and professional chauffeur to Pompeii might tell you, there are some specific landmarks among the ruins that should not be missed.
For instance, the Villa dei Misteri is one of the most impressive archeological sites amongst the ancient city’s ruins, preserved so well that frescos, which are murals painted on plaster, are still visible on the walls. The House of the Faun is also a famous and fascinating attraction.
The new part of Pompeii also boasts some landmarks worth visiting, such as the Basilica di Santa Chiara, which has been voted a must-see attraction by visitors to Pompeii.
Though many people recognize the name of Pompeii, fewer are familiar with Herculaneum.
This too, however, will likely be part of your Pompeii and Vesuvius excursion. Herculaneum is a town located just next to Pompeii, which was also destroyed in the first-century eruption.
Like its better-known counterpart, Herculaneum’s ruins are being excavated, and visitors have the privilege of observing structures still standing where they did so long ago. Moreover, Herculaneum also boasts some intact frescoes from the first century.
Hiking Mount Vesuvius
In addition to the visits to Pompeii and Herculaneum, a trip to this area of the coast might also entail a specific Vesuvius excursion.
A private driver can take you to the base of Mount Vesuvius, where you can begin a hike up the winding roads of the mountain.
The paths are a bit narrow, and the elevation will demand some exercise, but the hike all the way to the crater is worth it. Once there, hikers will be treated to an impressive view of the inside of the volcano, as well as a panoramic view of Pompeii itself.
A Pompeii and Vesuvius excursion can be a humbling experience, as the city and the mountain demonstrate the dramatic power of nature. Yet the trip will inevitably be enjoyable and informative, and once you’ve hiked down the mountain, your driver can take you to a local establishment for some of the area’s delicious pasta and wine.