What is the best time of year to visit Pompeii?

Pompeii is one of the world’s most spectacular ruins: a sprawling city frozen in time by the might of the ash and pumice that rained down upon it in AD 79.

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It’s a truly miraculous sight to see how archaeologists toiled to uncover this mythical citadel, revealing endless secrets about the life and death of a once thriving Roman city!

Visitors often wonder when is the best time to visit this incredible testament to life and nature’s wrath, with the answer coming down to how you want to experience Pompeii.

For example, the hot summer months of June through to August are when most travellers head to Italy, making it incredibly crowded for visitors. You may get some of that gorgeous Meditteranean sunshine, but are you cool with sharing this majestic site with hundreds of other jostling tourists?

Many tour operators actually recommend going in the winter months or, perhaps better yet, the shoulder months of April, May, September and October, as the weather is nice but the huge flurry of people has yet to come or has long since packed their bags and moved on!

So, as with many of the world’s great tourist destinations, it all comes down to the golden dilemma: do you want amazing weather and heaps of people? Or, do you want it to be a little cooler and a lot quieter?

Either way, these amazing experiences await you at the mysterious Pompeii…

The absolutely strange Villa dei Mystery

House of Mystery is one way to put it, but we like to call it the house of absolute bizarity! This supremely odd house, located on the outskirts of Pompeii, is home to a series of incredibly preserved frescoes detailing something of an initiation into what historians believe is a Roman cult. There is something so supremely strange about taking in these ancient frescoes and wondering what may have transpired in the casa itself.

The glorious amphitheatre

Pompeii’s amphitheatre is the oldest in ancient Rome, and it is a truly stunning site to see, especially with the knowledge that the amphitheatre was once home to bloody gladiatorial contests not unlike those held at the much larger Colosseum!

The Forum

The Pompeii Forum was the centre of the town’s activity and commerce, so you can trust that this well-preserved part of the city is home to plenty of grand structures and a stunning portico…

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