Maddi Takes Amalfi: Pompeii

By Maddi Mobley

Day 3 led us to the historic destination of Pompeii.


History Lesson: Pompeii is a city near the south of Italy that was buried under 4-6m of ash when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79A.D. It was destroyed approx. 160 years after it was founded. It was only discovered in 1559 that there was a city buried and then 150 years later more of it was uncovered. 2/5ths of the site are still not uncovered and it happened just over a thousand years ago. It is one of the top tourist attractions in Italy and brings in over 2.5 million visitors a year.

I was one of those people on the Sunday of my Amalfi trip. As much fun as I had, we had to have some history shoved in there! So Sunday morning, we hopped on a bus, and drove about 40 minutes toward Florence to this tiny town of Pompeii.

Once we arrived, we immediately began our guided tour of the ruins. Our tour guide was this little old man full of information and might have even been around when the Volcano erupted (just kidding, but he was pretty old.) Even though he was old, he was so funny and gave us some awesome information and helped us see the city as it was before the eruption.

After the hour and a half tour, we went to Pompeii Pizza in the new town of Pompeii and it was delicious! Go if you get a chance. We hung out with the Bus2Alps group there and then boarded the bus to head home. What an incredible way to end our trip.

I was so happy I signed up for this trip. Everything was planned for my enjoyment and it was one of the best weekends I have had in Italy, if you get a chance GO.

Maddi Mobley is going to be a junior at UCLA. She is on the softball team and is studying Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations. She is in Florence with Lorenzo de Medici taking a cooking class on the Food of Italy.  She loves writing and aspires to travel and create a travel blog for a year or two after college. Read more posts by Maddi here.  You can also follow her on Twitter, @mmobley.

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