Traveling to Italy with children – it’s a scary notion, right? I was petrified of bringing them along because I didn’t think that they could handle all the walking we had planned. They are too old for strollers and Bill and I had a particular agenda we needed to get through in order to satisfy our itinerary needs.
Pompeii obviously being one of them. We toyed with hiring a private guide but then decided that it would be best to walk around on our own. That way if the children started to flip out we could leave. We are happy to say that we lasted for several hours which was absolutely surprising!
You don’t go in empty handed. When you purchase your tickets (and only US residents have to pay for kids by the way – what’s up with that?), they give you a guide book and a map. Everything is numbered and you are able to read a brief history about each location. This particular one was considered a little snack shop. The table is still in tact. Pretty amazing if you ask me.
You come across a variety of open spaces, streets, and fountains. Everything has a story. And this 2,000 year old city was actually able to keep my kids occupied. We were so very thankful.
There is a place in the center of pompeii to get a quick snack, but most people looked like they brought their own food which was nice. We were not so prepared.
You can spend 2 hours or 2 days in Pompeii. It all depends on how much you want to get out of this historic city. We had a great time and am thankful that we were able to give this experience to our kids.