In the shadow of Vesuvius, the city of Pompeii lies, brought to life again with hundreds of bustling tourists. The city, covered in AD79 by the eruption of Vesuvius, is an archaeological postcard – a snapshot of a moment in time. The remains are an eerie insight into a city in crisis – fleeing the eruption – with personal and public spaces frozen. Exploring the ruined city is an extraordinary experience which cannot be missed if you visit the Bay of Naples, follow these tips for visiting your Pompeii to make your visit unforgettable.
taly and its history. As the third largest city in Italy, Naples is packed full with things to do and places to see. First settled by the Greeks, the city has thousands of years of history built into its streets. Naples became an important city in the Roman Empire, with sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum giving tourists a glimpse into Roman society. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bay of Naples is filled with sites of historical and cultural importance. Here’s my list of top things to do when spending a week in The Bay of Naples.
catacombs of Naples are one of the most important palaeo-Christian burial sites in Southern Italy. Built into the hillside, these catacombs are home to burials dating from the 2nd Century AD. Now, you can visit the tombs and experience the atmospheric tunnels as you walk amongst the grave.
The town of Monopoli lies in the Puglia region of Italy. It is known for its many churches, one of the most famous being the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Suffragio delta del Purgatori, which houses an archaeological crypt. The seaside town is a great day trip for those visiting Puglia, with a harbour and beach to explore and relax.
Puglia is a beautiful region of Italy, which forms the ‘heel’ of Italy’s boot. Alberobello has been recognised by UNESCO as an example of spontaneous architecture in an urban setting. Its stunning streets are lined with trulli – white washed buildings with stone roofs. For an escape away from cities and to experience traditional architecture, Alberobello is not one to miss.
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The Cimitero Delle Fontanelle is an ossuary in the Bay of Naples. Visit the cemetery of Fontanelle and understand its history.
Experience Italian Festivals – discover the beautiful small town of Jelsi and the San Amanzio Festival, with a cow bonfire and 1000L kegs of beer.