Next up on our Amalfi trip after spending a night in Castello di Ferrano and exploring Civita Di Bagnegerio was to set up a ‘home base’ if you will, in Sorrento. We shared an awesome AirBnB with some friends & started with exploring Pompei & then hiking Mt. Vesuvius….Take a peek:
My friend Sam did all of the research/leg work & found an amazing company called ‘Italy Tours for Kids’ that ended up being absolutely perfect for us. While we could have spent hours exploring and learning more about Pompei, this tour was the perfect amount of education and time for not only the kids, but for us adults too! It is HOT in July in the South of Italy so even our few shorts hours felt like plenty in the sun!
After meeting our tour guide and learning about a point system, setting up our kids vs. parents challenge we followed our guide through the ruins and learned all about what took place in certain rooms as well as seeing pictures of what it would have looked like prior to Mt. Vesuvius erupting.
For me, the saddest part was the molds in these glass cases. The bodies left a hollowed area once the lava cooled & so those hollow areas were turned into molds. The detail is incredible and you could see a dog coiled up, a person laying down & several others that were absolutely heartbreaking.
While a lot of Pompei was sort of ‘re built’ there was even more than was original and absolutely blew my mind. The tile work, door frames, garden areas, and roads. For me, it was one of those moments to just look around while trying to imagine what life was like for them.
After saying goodbye to our Tour Guide we headed to a Lunch/Wine Tasting reservation to relax and cool down for a bit. We found out at lunch, that we had to pre-book tickets for Mt. Vesuvius, (Covid) so we hurried to purchase those before heading up that way.
After proving our purchase of tickets & entrance time we started our trek up to the top. It is only around 2 miles out & back but feels like a bit more being all uphill (obviously right?? It’s a volcano!) in the pebbles/sand. The heat was terrible & we were exhausted on our way back down!
Incredible views right? What a busy day – we got to cross of two big things from our Italy Bucket List. Thanks for stopping by.