We had a fantastic time on this day trip from Rome to
Pompeii. Taking the bus allowed us to see some of Italys
beautiful country side and have all afternoon in Pompeii. We
met at 7 am in Rome and departed at 7:30 am for Pompeii. Our
guide Claudia started providing us with tons of history and
fun facts the minute we boarded the bus. On the way we saw
beautiful fields of blooming poppies, the Apennine
Mountains, farms and even part of the Appian Way which
starts outside of Rome. About half way we took a short break
for using the restroom and having refreshments. This was
just enough time. As we approached Pompeii we could see Mt.
Vesuvius looming in the background and the coast to our
right. When we arrived, Claudia guided us to our starting
point and we met our English speaking Pompeii guide Barbara.
Pompeii is a very large and busy area. Our guides always
made it clear about when and where we needed to meet them.
Barbara guided us through the streets of Pompeii. She was
extremely informative, witty, and kind. During the 2 hour
guided portion of the tour we saw a bakery with the wood
stove and grain grinder fully intact. It was amazing. The
fire wood oven looked as new as one in a local restaurant.
In another area we saw mummified and plaster infused shapes.
One shape was a woman covering her face at the moment of her
death. We also saw a man, a dog, and a baby. There were
statues and intact pottery vases. We saw multiple frescoes.
We walked along the stone streets of Pompeii where the
people, animals, and carts would have done the same 2000
years ago. The organization and planning of the city were
amazingly sophisticated. There were crosswalks and water
pipes leading to fountains, and baths, and houses. We saw
mosaic entry ways.
It is a massive area and there is no way to see everything
in an afternoon. We did have enough time to get a sense of
the place and saw enough to understand the significance of
When we finished the guided portion of the tour, Barbara was
very helpful in guiding us to how we might spend the last
hour seeing Pompeii.
On the bus ride back to Rome, Claudia spoke with each of us
about our time so far in Italy and what we might do in the
next couple of days. She offered suggestions on what sites
we might enjoy in and around Rome. I was so impressed by her
kindness and passion. Claudia could have simply relaxed and
slept on the bus ride back to Rome, but she did not. She
took a personal interest in each one of us and how to make
our time in Italy even more enjoyable. Both of our guides
were extremely charming, kind, and informative. They were
the perfect guides to have on our adventure to Pompeii.