A Day in Pompeii

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As some of you may know, earlier this year I went on a Contiki tour of Italy. One of our stopping points was Pompeii, a place I was terribly excited to visit. I was incredibly excited to spend a day in Pompeii as I had learnt about Pompeii at school, and it was always a place that piqued my interest.

A Day in Pompeii
A Day in Pompeii

When we first arrived we stepped into a large square. In the distance, you can see Vesuvius.


A Day in Pompeii

Our next stop was the Amphitheatre. Someone in another group was singing, and you could really hear how the sound travelled throughout the Amphitheatre.

When I was young, I had always longed to be an archaeologist, however, I decided to become a teacher instead. During school, and my own time, I always loved researching ancient civilisations. It interested me because here are these people, who thousands of years ago, were living in modern times (modern for then).

It interested me because it was a town ‘frozen’ in time. An amazing place to visit simply because it shows how people lived in the Ancient Roman times.

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A Day in Pompeii:

Pompeii was everything I expected it to be, and more. I wish I had more time there to explore, but we were on a tight schedule, so it was rather rushed.

The guide who took us through was very knowledgeable and gave us time to have a look around at each ‘destination’ before moving on to the next part of the tour.

It’s hard to say what my favourite part of the tour would be, as there are so many interesting places there. From the ‘red light district’ to the ‘fast food joints’. I found it hilarious that there were phallic symbols on the ground pointing to the brothels.

A Day in Pompeii

Apparently, these were the original street food stalls/fast food joints.

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I wonder where this symbol points to *wink wink nudge nudge*

Now, some of you may be wondering: What is the difference between Pompei and Pompeii?

I did a bit of research and found out that Pompei is the modern city and Pompeii is the archaeological site.

So, here are the rest of my photos. Enjoy!

A Day in Pompeii

It really amazes me that they could create these plaster casts of these people in their last moments. It’s quite eerie.

A Day in Pompeii

The Forum was a very interesting place. I spent some time walking around there.

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Just before we left, we stopped to have a look at all the pots and other interesting things they found during their excavations.

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Our walk out of Pompeii continued to be interesting, and still rather eerie. It looked so untouched.

A Day in Pompeii


And now, my very last photo (I promise!) is this mosaic. I’d learnt about this mosaic at school and it amazes me that after all these years, it is still intact.

A Day in Pompeii

One of my favourite mosaics. An original ‘beware of the dog’ sign.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I loved writing it!


Have a read of my other Italy posts:

A Day in Venice with Contiki

Beautiful Florence

The Isle of Capri


  1. Tabitha

    14/11/2017 at 11:07 AM

    Pompeii is a location I hope to visit. It’s always fascinated me and it would be so eye opening to see it in person! You took some lovely photos and looking at them has increased my wanderlust to just visit!

    Tabitha x

    1. kattie

      14/11/2017 at 9:11 PM

      Thank you 🙂 I hope you get there one day!

  2. KRIS

    14/11/2017 at 1:38 PM

    All the history here is just overwhelming. Your pictures came out so amazing.

  3. Steph Dring

    14/11/2017 at 7:23 PM

    I would love to visit Pompeii. So much history! My boyfriend is half Italian and one day we’re going to go on a great Italian road trip and Pompeii will be one of the stops we hit!!

    Steph x

    1. kattie

      14/11/2017 at 9:13 PM

      It’d be amazing to go on a road trip there! 🙂

  4. Sophie

    18/11/2017 at 8:30 PM

    Oh my gosh – I’ve actuakly booked this post as I want to visit here one day!! X your pics are fab and I want to go even more now.

    1. kattie

      18/11/2017 at 8:50 PM

      Thank you so much 🙂 It is such an interesting, yet eerie, place to go to!

  5. Amy

    19/11/2017 at 8:59 PM

    I’d love to visit pompeii! It always looks so fascinating! x

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