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"The City of Ruins"

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Pompeii, city and comune in the province of Naples, is surrounded by hills and is home to the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii - which was completely destroyed during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. The ruined city is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, and draws close to 25 Lakh tourists every year.

The town of Pompeii is a favourite among the tourists to Italy as it is one of the finest ways to go back in time. Pompeii lies on the eastern border of the province of Naples in southern Italy, and is close to the ancient ruined city of Pompeii, which is buried in layers of volcanic ash. Pompeii is nestled in the shadow of Mt Vesuvius. The old city was forgotten for centuries. In AD 1599, during certain underground digging, the ancient walls with paintings were discovered, but were soon forgotten again. Later, towards the 18th and 19th century, after a series of excavations, more paintings, frescoes and artifacts were found. Today, tourists visit this old city to see the wide variety of it's excavations and to learn about the rich history of southern Italy.

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Currency in Pompeii

The official currency in Italy, which is part of the Eurozone, is Euro. Even smaller establishments use Euro as this is the single currency used. The Italian Lira was used only up to 1999.

Exchanging Money in Pompeii

Exchanging currency in Pompeii is not difficult, however, in terms of exchange rates, you may not get a good deal. There are several exchange booths and before doing any transaction, ask for that day's rate and any fee, if applicable. A better alternative is to use your ATM card to withdraw money in local currency. Most ATMs in Pompeii accept foreign cards.

Daily Budget for Pompeii

Per day costs in Pompeii for a budget trip can start from EUR 100 - EUR 150. These costs include three meals a day, some alcohol, transportation, accommodation and entry passes for attractions. Eating in fancy restaurants, shopping, and other small upgrades can almost double that amount per day. Luxury travel in Pompeii can range between EUR 250 and 300.

Religion of Pompeii

Christianity is the largest religion in the city, within which Catholicism is vastly popular.

Pompeii Customs

Italians are known for their localism - they respect family values and give importance to clothing too. It is always a good idea to be well dressed in restaurants or tourist spots. Contribution of Italians to both culture and historical heritage is significant. Italy is world famous for it's food and music. Common in Italy, but specifically in Naples, it is good to know basic hand gestures for communication.

Language of Pompeii

The main language spoken in Italy is of course Italian. However, in the Campania region of Southern Italy where Pompeii is located, the Neapolitan language (currently called the Naples Dialect) is widely spoken. English is the common foreign language spoken, however, most locals would have below average knowledge of English. Tourists will not have difficuty though, as there are plenty of English speaking tour guides.

History of Pompeii

Pompeii was founded in the 6th or 7th century BC by the Oscans of the early Campania region. The city was conquered and came under Rome around 80 BC and this became an ancient Roman city near the south western coast of Italy. Pompeii was completely destroyed when the active volcano Vesuvius erupted. The volcano killed all the inhabitants, and covered everything with thick layers of ash.

Nightlife in Pompeii

Pompeii is not famous for its night life. However, you will find a couple of bars and resto-pubs in the city such as Passion Caf_ and Open Bar Pompeii. Food and drinks can be slightly over priced here.

Shopping in Pompeii

Unlike the bigger cities in Italy, shopping isn't what Pompeii is known for. Having said that, you can find a good deal on guide books, maps and other memorabilia here. You can also find interesting 'past and present' books to compare the ancient Pompeii with the modern city.

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How to Reach Pompeii

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Pompeii is an easy reach via car or train. It, however, doesn't have an airport and you will have to traverse via Naples, Sorrento or Rome.

How to reach Pompeii by flight

Pompeii does not have an airport. A flight has to be taken to Naples or Rome, and then a train or bus to reach Pompeii.

How to reach Pompeii by road

You can hire a car and drive down from neighbouring cities, but you will have to deal with the heavy traffic near the modern city of Pompeii. Parking can also be a hassle at times.

How to reach Pompeii by train

The rail would be the best way to reach Pompeii. You can get on the Circumvesuviana Napoli-Sorrento line from either Naples or Sorrento and get off at Pompeii Scavi. If you're coming from Rome, you can get on at the Termini station, the tickets costs around EUR 11. You can also get on a local train from Salerno. You can keep your bags at the station for a small fee. There is a Tourist Information Office close to the Pompeii Scavi station.

How to reach Pompeii by bus

Bus services from Naples are organised by SITA. Buses run frequently and the route is quite nice. The cost is similar to the train ticket.

How to reach Pompeii by waterways

If you have taken a cruise, you can check if they will provide a hydrofoil boat transfer to Pompeii from the Bay of Naples. From the port at Pompeii, there will be a bus shuttle to the ruins.

Local transport in Pompeii

Pompeii is basically a walking site. However, you can also rent a bicycle. The surface is rather uneven, so most tourists prefer walking. Wearing a comfortable pair of shoes and carrying a lot of water is a good idea. One day tickets are available for EUR 13 and a five site pass costs EUR 20 which also includes entry to Herculaneum.

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What is the best time to visit Pompeii?

South Italy, where Pompeii is located, sits in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and hence, the weather can be quite warm the whole year round, except for the winter months. As most of the time will be spent outdoors in Pompeii exploring the excavations, going during summers is not a good idea. Spring and Fall are the best times to travel here. If you travel during the winter, you need to keep in mind that the week of Christmas can be extremely crowded in lieu of Christmas. The month of August can also be avoided as most Italians are on vacation.
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What is the local food in Pompeii?

The local cuisine in and around Naples concentrates on pasta, vegetables available all year round (sun dried tomatoes, zucchini, egg-plant), freshly baked food such as bread and pizza, seafood and rice. Termed as the Neapolitan cuisine, it is also very famous for various varieties of cheese, including cheese from sheep's milk. The margherita pizza was supposedly born near Naples.
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What is the best way to reach Pompeii?

Pompeii is an easy reach via car or train. It, however, doesn't have an airport and you will have to traverse via Naples, Sorrento or Rome.
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What are the top hotels in Pompeii?

There are 917 in Pompeii which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Pompeii are B&B Civico 8, B&B Il Giardino di Villa Anna, Le Tre Magnolie, Lorely's Apartment, Luxury Apartament Della Marca, Room Sorrento. You can see all the hotels in Pompeii here

What are the places near Pompeii?

The top places near to Pompeii are Naples which is 22 km from Pompeii, Santorini which is located 16 km from Pompeii, Rome which is located 211 km from Pompeii, Siena which is located 387 km from Pompeii, Venice which is located 551 km from Pompeii

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