Where to go after Pompeii?

Don’t just head back to Rome after your day adventure in Pompeii but explore the fantastic Southern region further!

Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii is an ancient town that sits at the base of Mount Vesuvius, renowned for being a snapshot of ancient Roman times after it was buried by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. The tourist landmark is thousands and thousands of years old, featuring crumbling buildings and ancient artefacts which gives an extraordinary view into this historic society. Many visit this incredible destination to learn about the fascinating and tragic history of Pompeii. Wandering around the site seeing the casts of human bodies, the brilliant frescos on the wall, and the crumbling buildings scattered about. But what should visitors do once they’ve seen all of what Pompeii has to offer? Pompeii isn’t the only thing worthwhile in the Southern Region of Italy, with a staggering amount of attractions and towns that are worth the visit!

  • Mount Vesuvius

    Why not visit the landmark which was the reason for Pompeii’s demise? Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano in all of Europe, reaching incredible heights amidst Southern Italy’s coastal region. Visitors can either climb the tall volcano completely or drive halfway up for a shorter trek to the top! Once you reach the volcano’s peak, see the fabulous view of the surrounding towns and crystal clear ocean!

  • Naples

    It is one of the biggest cities along the coast in Southern Italy, so of course there is a lot to see at the iconic Naples. Renowned for its mouth-watering food, it is the birthplace of the beloved pizza. Home to the National Archaeological Museum, visitors can learn even more about Pompeii by the large array of local artefacts, such as the famous body casts. Shopping is another worthwhile experience here, with the streets sprinkled with boutique shops and stalls for all kinds of interests.

  • Sorrento

    Overlooking the Bay of Naples is the small town of Sorrento, being a small town with a big reputation. Bursting with five-star resorts, pristine views, and friendly locals, this town is at the top of most traveller’s bucket list. Offering breathtaking views and relaxing vacations amidst the sea and streets. Spend your days at the beach or strolling past the numerous local restaurants, antique shops, and historic sites of the area. Even get your creative fix and Visit the Museum Correale, which was once a stunning 18th-century villa, still beautiful but now home to an endless amount of European art.

  • Herculaneum

    After seeing all of what Pompeii has to offer, head to its neighbouring town of Herculaneum. Smaller in size, but richer in goods, with this ancient city featuring even better-preserved areas of ancient Rome than Pompeii. Due to the town’s riches, a lot of their decorations and buildings were better, and a large majority of them survived the eruption, with stunning frescos and artefacts which are stunning in looks and value. The crowds are usually a lot quieter as well, so it gives you a nicer way to discover these ancient artefacts!

  • Amalfi Coast

    Renowned in beauty and style, the long stretch of coastline is jam-packed with stunning sapphire waters, jagged cliffs, and pastel-coloured buildings. Each village is better than the next, with visitors simply renting a car and cruising through this spectacular coastal area, hopping from beach to town to village. Worthwhile towns include Positano, Ravello and Minori, which are more popular among tourists. If you are looking for a weekend in a luxurious lifestyle, Positano is for you. Ravello is perfect for those looking for jaw-dropping views of the coast, whereas Minori is home to charming beaches for the whole family!

  • Lecce

    It is known to many as the Florence of the South, renowned for its baroque buildings, and bustling atmosphere. Bursting with museums, churches, and stunning ancient architecture, visitors can simply stroll the streets of Lecce, even visiting the central Piazza del Duomo. Head to the Cattedrale di Lecce, the Basilica di Santa Croce, and even take a church tour in the day. While visiting the many wine bars at night to enjoy the local live music and charming atmosphere.

  • Alberobello

    This small town can easily be recognised by its unusual white-washed stone huts and conical roofs. It is a commune of the city of Bari, with the traditional Apulian dry huts, also known as Alberobello’s trulli’s are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. They hold a fascinating history, once only temporary field shelters or storehouses, but became permanent dwellings. Having to use only stones, the peasants found the round form with a self-supporting domed roof, the simplest configuration. The local community still reside in these houses, but tourists can still visit them, and even stay in a couple that have been converted into bed and breakfasts.

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