What can be more pleasant than a few days away from everyday routine surrounded by your closest friends? A few days away, with most precious people in your life, in a historical place.
This is how my favorite memory of traveling is.
In November 2015, I was pregnant, and we had just found out a few weeks before the trip that my husband planned. And even though I was getting tired fast, I needed breaks, and I was almost constantly munching on something, the trip to Italy was amazing. We spent 5 days on the Amalfi coast with our two closest friends. I will not talk about the entire trip. The word count is going up fast.
But I want to talk to you about Pompeii. That was my favorite part for so many reasons. If you are a history enthusiast, like I am, you can not miss the opportunity to walk those ancient streets, to catch a glimpse of how life was in those times. The city was a lot further from the volcano than I expected, and the magnitude of that event is frightening. It humbles you, in a way.
The small houses with narrow streets and high walls, the details on the columns and floors and ceilings and water wells, the paintings preserved under layers of lava and dirt, everything adds to this surreal feeling. The bathhouse especially is a work of art, with small statues carved holding the ceiling and impressive details.
We have spent an entire day exploring the ruins (we literally stumbled to the exit after dark, with light from our phones; fact: there are no lights within the ancient city, which I appreciated, from a photographer point of view) and I don’t think we covered half of what was opened to public at that moment. The map helped us reach some points we wanted to see, like the arena, the large theater, and panoramic viewpoints. In fact, the map is a must when exploring the city.
We are waiting for our son to grow up a bit more and we are heading right back. We have many more ancient streets and houses to explore.
And if you do get to Pompeii, don’t forget to take a road trip down the Amalfi coast to see the amazing landscapes and lovely cities. Also, nothing beats eating cannelloni in Positano, with a view over the beach and the city’s colorful houses.
Have you been to Pompei? I would love to read other experiences with this amazing place.
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