Day 12 of Sophie and I's Italian adventure led us to Pompeii! I was lucky enough to visit Pompeii when I studied abroad in college, but it was just as impressive a second time. We woke up early and ate breakfast at our hotel before being picked up by our bus driver. We choose to book a day trip through Viator which included transportation and a guided tour of the site. While walking through the city we saw stores with takeaway areas for food, homes, a public bathhouse and the town center. My favorite part of the tour was the inside of the bathhouse where the colorful ceiling remains and really gives a glimpse into how impressive life in Pompeii was. We also would have loved to tour Herculaneum (a separate site near Pompeii), but it didn't work out with tours that were available.
During our visit there was a traveling exhibit by Igor Mitoraj placed throughout the site. While the artwork wasn't originally created for Pompeii, I really enjoyed seeing the pieces as we walked along our tour. I would highly recommend visiting Pompeii if you find yourself near Mount Vesuvius! It was extremely hot during our visit, but we enjoyed a lemon slush at the end of our tour to cool off. After our tour we were exhausted from the heat and constant traveling and choose to relax at our hotel for a few hours before dinner. Next up, Amalfi and Positano!