Sorrento 06:31 AM
Pompeii has been a popular tourist destination for 250 years; it was on the Grand Tour. It attracts approx. 2.6 million visitors per year, making it one of the most popular tourist sites in Italy.
It is part of a larger Vesuvius National Park and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.
The objects buried beneath Pompeii were well-preserved for almost two thousand years. The lack of air and moisture allowed for the objects to remain underground with little to no deterioration, which meant that, once excavated, the site had a wealth of sources and evidence for analysis, giving detail into the lives of the Pompeiians.
However, once exposed, Pompeii has been subject to both natural and man-made forces which have rapidly increased their rate of deterioration.
It is very easy to reach Pompeii. Take the Circumesuviana train from Sorrento train Station (check the timetable here) and get off in Pompei Scavi Villa dei Misteri. The escavations entry is right in front of the station.
Train ride: approx 20 minutes.