We arrived in Pompeii at midday. For lunch we decided to have a pizza and found a place that looks nice enough, but we were in tourist land and the two pizzas with a bottle of water cost us €20, because you are being charged €4 just for the pleasure of sitting in the restaurant.|
We arrived at the site at 13:00, the entrance ticket was €13 each, but we were given a map. We didn't find any guide service so equipped with the map and what I had downloaded from the internet we started our visit. We entered through the ‘Piazza Anfiteatro’ and to the side was, indeed, the Amphitheatre and on the other side the Palestra Grande. Inside the Amphitheatre was a modern wooden structure where copies of the mummified bodies found on the site were exhibited, weird! Didn't/couldn't see much of the theatre itself though. The Grand Palace was just a very large empty courtyard, no notices and no information.
We walked on up the Via di Castricio, where most of the access to the old buildings was closed. The Via Dell’abbondanza was like a building site, scaffolding in front of the buildings prevented you from seeing anything and from walking on the sidewalks, so you had to walk on the big Roman cobblestones and uneven ground making it very dangerous – I did fall.
There were very few ‘road signs’ and no notices, everybody was going around with maps, like playing some kind of treasure hunt game! Sometimes you came to the end of a road that was closed, so you had to turn back and start again. Walking in a maze would have been easier, but at least there were plenty of fountains with fresh water to quench your thirst.
We reached the forum and the temples, another pile of old stones with half a dozen columns standing.
It was 4 p.m. when exhausted, we left Pompeii and in all that time, the few interesting things that we saw were 3 tucked away houses with painted frescos, one mosaic, the Forum baths, the Caserna dei Gladatori and the Tearto Grande.
Pompei was a big disappointment to us, but I don’t regret our visit as it is on the bucket list places to see. Personally, I think that Ostia Antica, south of Rome is a lot more interesting.
When we reached Destiny my ‘pedometer’ indicated that we had walked 15km! (I didn't need telling that - Ed).