Where should I stay to visit Pompeii?

Pompeii is possibly the world’s strangest landmark, a once-thriving citadel that a raging volcano buried in time. On that tragic day in AD 79, the ever-imposing Mount Vesuvius unleashed its wrath over the Bay of Naples, covering Pompeii in fiery ash and pumice, sealing its fate for eternity.

But that was nearly 2,000 years ago, and today Pompeii makes for a pretty incredible tourist destination. You can see everything from mummified remains to Roman amphitheatres, forums and absurd manor houses that even the world’s most respected historians can’t figure out!

You have multiple options when it comes to choosing where to stay when visiting Pompeii, these are:

1. Pompeii

Many people don’t know this, but Pompeii is today a thriving town with the archaeological park adjoining its modern section. However, the town is a bit of a tourist trap, and doesn’t have much to offer for tourists looking for a little nightlife. However, it is as convenient as it gets when it comes to seeing this ancient city, if convenience is what you seek…

2. Naples

Naples has experienced a rather shady reputation over the years, but for travellers who can overlook its issues and its rather undeserving rep, old Napoli town would be an amazing jumping point for Pompeii. After all, it’s the birthplace of the world’s favourite takeaway – pizza – so you know you’ll at least get some fabulous food when you visit this sparkling, troubled city by the sea.

3. The Amalfi Coast

Okay, the Amalfi Coast is truly the pick of the bunch. It’s gorgeous, it’s glamorous, it’s not too difficult to get from it to Pompeii. If you’re visiting Pompeii there is a good chance then you will be visiting the Amalfi anyway, so why not just make it your base for when checking out the whole, amazing area?

You have so many fabulous options on the Amalfi Coast: Sorrento’s stunning sea cliffs, the isle of Capri and its style perfectly juxtaposed against its countryside or Positano, with its world famous Spiaggia Grande beach – the site of many, many an Insta shot over the years.

So, as you can see, we totally recommend making your Pompeii base the Amalfi Coast, but if you’re going for something a little more gritty and city-side then you can’t beat Naples and its questionable allure. Pompeii itself can be overlooked – you’ll have a better time staying elsewhere and that is for sure.

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