International Spotlight – Pompeii

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If you are planning a holiday in southern Italy and are interested in touring the countryside, then the city of Pompeii must be added to your list of things to do. The ancient city of Pompeii is a historic wonder, and one of southern Italy’s most impressive and majestic tourist locations. Located about a three-hour drive from the luxurious Borgo Egnazia hotel, Pompeii stands as a city lost in time and is home to some of the world’s most astonishing and grand structures and sites.

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Pontifical Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii” courtesy of Wikipedia

Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary

Touted as one of the most beautiful churches in Italy, the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary is truly a site to behold. With the capacity to seat 6,000 people and a bell tower that is 80 metres high, this church is a must see for all who visit Pompeii. There is no fee to enter the church, but the bell tower is accessible for the cost of two euros. From the top, which is reached by elevator, one can see the infamous volcano, Mount Vesuvius, as well as the haunting ruins of Pompeii.

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Pompeii” by Andrew Fogg, licenced under CC BY 2.0

The Ruins of Pompeii

Both historic and haunting, the grand design of Roman architecture and visible evidence of the devastation of Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in A.D. 79 are on full display when touring the Ruins of Pompeii. Walking tours, as well as supplementary audio tours, are available, or you can tour the ruins yourself. Currently, tickets start at €11 each and can be purchased through the official site. For those on a tight budget, admission to the Ruins is free the first Sunday of every month.

Mount-Vesuvius

Pompei; Vesuvio innevato” by Carlo Mirantelicenced under CC BY 2.0

Mount Vesuvius

Up for a real adventure and breathtaking views? Visit Mount Vesuvius. The volcano that caused the cataclysmic destruction of Pompeii and other local towns remains active today, but it is open for business. Vesuvius is accessible by bus from the Pompeii bus station, or by private vehicle. Some companies even offer guided day tours. Once you arrive you will be in for a hike of about an hour, depending on the quickness of your pace. So wear comfortable shoes and take water along.

The majestic city of Pompeii and the surrounding area are so incredibly rich in natural and architectural history. If you are staying at the Borgo Egnazia, you really must make the trip west to visit Pompeii. It truly is worth the drive.