Napoli, Italy tour – Part 2

Napoli, Italy tour – Part 2

In this second piece about the group trip we took to Napoli, Italy, I’ll talk about our travels and settling in to our villa. Plus I’ll discuss our first Napoli, Italy tours. Visiting the ancient ruins of Pompeii, having lunch at a vineyard with a generous wine tasting and climbing Mount Vesuvius. These Naples excursions were a tremendous kick off to our Italian vacation!

After months of planning and coordinating our group trip, it was time for us to travel to Napoli and our get away in Southern Italy. We descended on Copenhagen airport and made our way to the RyanAir terminal to board our plane. Ahead of us were tiny plastic seats and 2 hours of a crying toddler in seat 25F – there’s always a crier on every flight and their parents never seem to be bothered. Still, when you’re flying RyanAir, it’s the least of your worries.

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We were excited to land in Naples and feel the warmth of the sun – something we had been lacking in Copenhagen. Rental cars securely picked up and loaded with luggage, we were off to the villa. 


We explored the amazing property and scrambled to get food and booze. We had a late dinner where the drinks flowed and despite the cool night air, 3 of us tested the pool.


The next day we woke, made an impressive breakfast and lounged at the pool for most of the day. We even did a water aerobics class and made the most of our sublime surroundings. This was a great afternoon for day-drinking and relaxing since we had an early wake up scheduled for the first of our two excursion days.

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Napoli, Italy tour Naples, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Italy, Italia
Napoli, Italy tour Naples, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Italy, Italia

We probably stayed up too late, but whatever — we were on holiday! The next morning, hangovers sorted, we grabbed carbs and a few bottles of champagne from the kitchen. Then we scrambled down the mountain of a driveway to meet our transfer bus and guide. It was off to our first stop, Pompeii.

We booked a private tour, because it could take weeks to visit Pompeii on your own. You can buy tickets at the box office for 20 euro or search GetYourGuide to book a ticket with a guide, transfer or a full day tour that includes other attractions. I highly recommend having a guide, especially with a group. Just search below for the best one to meet your needs.

As we walked into Pompeii and were led to one of the open forums near the city hall. It was breathtaking to see such a well-preserved ancient city and the expanse before us had us eager to learn and see more.

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The most impressive part of Pompeii is how large and advanced the city was. There were rows and rows of streets to wander and it would take a week or more to soak in all of the history and archeological research that has been accomplished at this site. You also can’t help but notice that Mount Vesuvius is eerily in the background of everything you’re taking in. It’s a wonder that the Roman city that was wiped out in 79 AD had so many modern amenities. Pompeii had indoor plumbing, which took centuries to resurface in Europe. Visiting the ruins of Pompeii, I realized how lost Europe was after the fall of Rome. In the days of Pompeii, the Romans had abundant clean water in every home, community baths and spas, hot street food stands, amphitheaters and of course, brothels.

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Pompeii on our Napoli, Italy tour
Pompeii ampitheatre of Pompeii on our Napoli, Italy tour
The Amphitheatre of Pompeii is the oldest surviving Roman amphitheatre.
Fast food in pompeii
Ancient fast food – this site was used to hold containers of food kept warm by fire beneath. They would serve hot meals to those who walked up to the counter.
This etching in the sidewalk discretely pointed citizens to the brothel
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Soon it was time to board the bus and head off to Cantina del Vesuvio. We continued our Napoli, Italy tour in a beautiful winery. There we would tour the site, have lunch and of course drink copious amount of wine.  They offer cooking classes, tours, tastings and other experiences on their website.

Vesuvius Vineyards on our Napoli, Italy tour
Vesuvius Vineyards on our Napoli, Italy tour
Vesuvius Vineyards on our Napoli, Italy tour
Vesuvius Vineyards on our Napoli, Italy tour
Pompeii Vesuvius Vineyard on our Napoli, Italy tour
Touring the fields of grapes at the beautiful vineyard in the foothills of Vesuvius
Pompeii Vesuvius Vineyard on our Napoli, Italy tour
Lunch and a LOT of wine

We had an amazing tour, lunch and lots of wine, but this may not have been the best time to stop for wine. Of course, after walking around Pompeii in the sun we were ready to cool off and drink some wine – but we still had to climb Mount Vesuvius. This was not the best climb while wine drunk, but we managed and were rewarded with a gorgeous view of the sea and the hillside (plus the bus drove us most of the way up).

Mount Vesuvius on our Napoli, Italy tour

The day was incredible, getting a blend of history, hiking and of course – great Italian wine. We were feeling really lucky to be having such a fun adventure and we were already looking forward to the next day – a boat trip around the island of Capri.

Have you ever been to Pompeii or Vesuvius? What did you love about it? 

Are you planning a trip there? What are you most looking forward to or what do you still want to know?

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Derek Hartman

Derek Hartman is an American expat from Philadelphia, currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark. His blog, Robe Trotting focuses on travel, expatriation and lifestyle topics.

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