Pompeii – In the Footsteps of Romans – with children!

 

Pompeii is one of those almost-mythical places that you can read so much about but never really imagine exactly what it will be like. Certainly my imagination could never prepare me for how simply amazing this place is, it almost feels unreal.

We were travelling around Italy on a P&O cruise and were looking forward to Pompeii so much.

It is quite useful to take a guided tour here as it’s hard to understand the devastating impact without an expert. That’s not to say you can’t do it yourself but also the scale of the place is so enormous that it can feel overwhelming and you could spend about 3 weeks exploring everything there is to see.

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This is probably the world’s best preserved Roman town having been buried by the volcano of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and laying largely undisturbed for nearly 1700 years afterwards.

Pompeii is the most amazing and intimate insight into Roman life and it is a fantastic place for bringing history alive for children. They can actually feel the history and imagine the streets bustling with people.

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You can feel the deep grooves in the road paving slabs made by countless chariots passing by –

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My 7 year old with his foot in the grooves made by the chariots

and touch the intricate marble carvings.

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There are water faucets with wonderful faces all over Pompeii

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and quite possibly the world’s oldest street crossings!

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And row after row of shops with their counter tops and large pots for selling their wares.

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My favourite part was the rooms for, shall we call them, the ladies of the night?! Individual bedrooms with stone beds and colourful paintings above the doors to depict the services available! (This was one we walked rather briskly through with the children!!)

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There were luxurious villas with amazing mosaics on the floor, all in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius which was to deal them such a devastating blow.

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You can see some of the plaster casts of the people that were found at the point of death which are eerie and horrifying but also completely fascinating.

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I love that Pompeii is so accessible. There’s no need to view behind museum glass, you can touch and feel the history all around you.

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The children loved hearing stories of the people who would have lived here and the chariots that would have clattered up and down the streets.

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You could probably spend two weeks here and still not see all of it. The size of Pompeii is mind-blowing and every corner you turn there is something else to see and wonder at.

I thought I would love Pompeii as I am so interested in history but I wasn’t quite prepared for how much I would love it. It’s one of those places that stay with you long after you’ve visited – alluring, beautiful and ultimately so sad that it ended with such devastation.

We are absolutely sure that this is somewhere we will return to and explore more. I would definitely recommend Pompeii as a great place to explore as a family.

78 Responses to "Pompeii – In the Footsteps of Romans – with children!"

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  2. Amy  April 28, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I’m currently doing a History degree and oh my god I would love to visit here! So much fascinating things to see! Lovely post!

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you so much! It really is the most amazing place – I hope you get to visit soon!

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  3. Emily  April 28, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Looks absolutely fascinating.

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      It really is – I could have spent weeks there and still wanted to see more!

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  4. Vikki Holness  April 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Italy is on our list of places to visit with the boys and this post has just fuelled my desire to go there even more. Pompeii looks spectacular xxx

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Italy is a wonderful country to visit with children and Pompeii really is fantastic, there’s definitely nowhere quite like it!

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  5. Michelle  April 28, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Pompeii has to go on my travel bucket list – what a fascinating place for you and your family to visit. It has such harrowing history, but can imagine just how intriguing the ruins must be. Thank you for sharing.

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comments – it is the most amazing, mind blowing place. All that history and tragedy but it really is so fascinating.

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  6. Louise Edwards  April 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Fab post! We visited Pompeii a couple of years ago in August and it was red hot and very exposed so not really suitable for the kiddies. It was an amazing place and I would second getting a guide as think we got much more out of it if we hadn’t had this valuable source of information. Love Italy,it is all like a living museum! xx

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Yes I imagined it might be quite different in the heat of summer. We visited in April which meant it was warm and less crowds, so a great time to visit I think!

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  7. Sylvia @ Happiness is homemade  April 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Looks like you had a fantastic time there! Lovely pictures đŸ˜‰

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Thank you for the comments, we really loved it there.

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  8. laura redburn  April 28, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    love the carved faces!

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      There are so many interesting things to see there, something at every turn!

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  9. Jen aka The Mad House  April 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    My boys are obsessed with Romans and Pompeii, they would love to go and when they get home I am going to show them this post

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Aw that’s so nice to hear, I hope they liked seeing them and I hope you get to visit soon!

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  10. Mummy of Two  April 28, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    It looks like an amazing place to visit. I didn’t realise it was so big!

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      It really is huge! Like a large town…its fascinating! Thank you for reading.

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  11. Victoria Dovaston  April 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Fascinating! I definitely need to visit!

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      Ah I hope you get there soon! It’s an amazing place.

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  12. Katie Albury  April 28, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    This place looks amazing and the kids looked like they had such an adventure exploring.

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      They definitely did have an adventure! Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  13. Lisa M Prince  April 28, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    fabulous and interesting read, they look like they are having a great time and great pics x

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Thank you – it was one of the best trips – so much fun!

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  14. You Baby Me Mummy  April 28, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Wow looks fantastic! I bet you had loads of fun x

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      It really was and we loved it! Thank you.

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  15. Jessica  April 28, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Pompeii was definitely one of my favorites when we visited Italy. THe kids loved playing through the ruins, particularly pretending like they were serving food at at the ancient Roman restaurants.

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      It’s such a brilliant place for being able to really visualise what it was like in Roman times – a wonderful place to bring it all alive! Thank you for reading!

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  16. Kerry  April 28, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Looks like a fantastic place to visit! Lovely photos x

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Thank you – it was an amazing place, we loved it so much!

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  17. Polly  April 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    My mum visited Pompeii before I was born, and it’s somewhere I’d love to go one day

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Ah I hope you get to visit – it’s an incredible place!

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  18. Lotte  April 28, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    My goodness this looks amazing! I love these kind of things, I hope one day we can take Hayden here so he can experience this. Love the fact its not behind glass too – Makes everything seem so much more real.

    Thanks for sharing hunny

    Lotte xo

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Thank you so much for the comments and I hope you get to visit – it’s such an amazing place.

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  19. Margherita @The Crowded Planet  April 28, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Lovely post! I adore Pompeii and I am glad to hear your kids had a blast! Congrats on the pics, especially the one with Mt Vesuvius on the background!

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comments – we loved it there!

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  20. Tim  April 28, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Its been a long time since I was in Pompeii but it looks exactly as I remember it. What an amazing city for you all to have seen as a family. I do remember there were certain rooms that you may have had to cover the younger ones eyes though. Some of those Romans were pretty wild.

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Ha ha!! They definitely were a bit wild…but also really sophisticated. I love imagining what it would have been like to be alive in Roman times and it’s so easy to imagine in Pompeii!

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  21. Hannah  April 28, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Great post thanks for sharing! I’ve always been fascinated with Pompeii but have yet to visit- Hopefully soon!
    Also love the photo of the kids sitting on the street crossing rocks- so cute!

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Thank you so much for the comments – I hope you get to visit soon, it’s amazing!

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  22. Samantha @mytanfeet  April 29, 2014 at 3:10 am

    I’d definitely like to see this one day, amazing how much history flows through there, it’s hard to believe such tragedy occurred there at one time. What a great history day for the kids!

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting and I hope you get to visit soon – it’s the most amazing place!

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  23. Anwar  April 29, 2014 at 3:24 am

    There were a large number of dogs while I was there in Pompeii that I found odd. I liked it a lot too. Did you see Herculaneum while you were there? I loved that place as well. Great photos, much better than the ones I had in the rain!

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      I don’t remember seeing any dogs! I would love to see Herculaneum, there wasn’t time on this trip but it’s definitely on the list! Thank you for the comments!

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  24. Raphael Alexander Zoren  April 29, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Amazing view of Mt Vesuvius!!! Taking children to an open-air graveyard might seem weird to some but I like it đŸ˜€

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      I quite like graveyards – we took them to a really cool one in Havana!! This is more of a ruins site than graveyard though and really fascinating!

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  25. Lindsay  April 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more! Pompeii is one of the most fascinating places in the world. I think it’s the eery human casts that make the place feel so much more real than other historic cities. It’s one of those iconic stories that we can all be drawn in by, an ancient civilization frozen in time by Vesuvius’s deadly lava. Cool that you brought your kids! I had been wanting to go since I was about 4 or 5 when my parents went and came back with fascinating tales. When I finally went with my family, I (like you) loved it even more than I thought I would. My youngest brother was about 11 or 12, and he seemed pretty enthralled with it all. I didn’t know it was so big that you could spend weeks there, though! Wow! We had a guide, too. I think it’s key. Great post!

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Thank you so much for your comments. It’s the most breathtaking place isn’t it? And unless you’ve been there and really felt how special it is it’s difficult to completely describe. So lovely to hear that you loved it too!

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  26. Tam @ Travelling Book Junkie  April 29, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I would love to visit Pompeii and wander around, especially with Mount Vesuvius as a backdrop. We did look at doing a hike up it the other year as part of a charity event but unfortunately it didn’t happen – so it is still on our things to do list! You pictures are fantastic and make me want to book flights as I type. đŸ™‚

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comments – I hope you get to visit soon, it’s such a mind-blowing place, so amazing! Hiking up Mount Vesuvius sounds incredible too!!

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  27. Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours  April 30, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Wow looks totally amazing. I’d love to go there with my children.

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      Thank you, it really was and I hope you get to visit soon!

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  28. Amber  April 30, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I think it’s super cool that you took your kids here… I have literally been dreaming of going to Pompeii since I was about 8. I think I read a little story about it in some kind of magazine or something, and literally started obsessing over visiting! How awesome it would have been if I literally had gotten to go! Sadly, I still haven’t been yet, but it’s on my bucket list đŸ™‚

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      Ah I hope you get to visit soon – that’s a long time to have it on your bucket list. I think I can confidently say that when you do get there it will be every bit as amazing as you hope it will be đŸ™‚

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  29. Kizzy  April 30, 2014 at 10:44 am

    This is somewhere I have always wanted to visit. It must have been magical for your children

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      It really was, such a fascinating place! Thank you for your comments – I hope you get to visit soon!

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  30. Sarah Ebner  April 30, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    My children are desperate to go to Italy and I know they would love Pompeii. We went for our honeymoon, but I’m sure it’s brilliant with kids too. Lovely pics too!

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you for the comments. Italy is a wonderful country to take children to – the people LOVE them – the first time we went our oldest was 7 months old and we literally had people jumping in front of the pram to see him!! It’s a great place for a holiday.

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  31. Erin  April 30, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I don’t know who is more fortunate: Your children for gaining a first hand knowledge of history at such a young age or you for getting to share it all with them. Such a fascinating piece. I would love to walk in those chariot ruts.

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comments, we were definitely very lucky to be able to see it. The chariot ruts are crazy – amazing to see and feel for ourselves. I hope you get to visit soon!

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  32. Kara  April 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    This is one of my bucket list destinations but I didn’t think it would be good for the kids. Maybe I will get there sooner than we think!

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Ah it’s a GREAT place to visit with kids – totally recommended. I hope you get to visit, it’s as amazing as you can imagine it to be!

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  33. Cass@frugalfamily  May 1, 2014 at 9:02 am

    This is somewhere I’d love to visit with the kids – thanks for sharing x x

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      It’s very family friendly! Thank you for your comments.

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  34. Rachel  May 3, 2014 at 4:30 am

    Awesome! I would absolutely love to take my kids there. I’ve always been fascinated by Pompeii. Thanks for sharing this!

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      It is one of the most fascinating places on earth! I hope you get to take them there! Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  35. Rachel @ activities4kidz  May 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Looks like an amazing interactive experience. I love history so this would be a dream tour for me!

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      I love history too and this was just perfect – you can feel and breathe the history there, it’s amazing.

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  37. Elena  May 4, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    What a great experience for the whole family. I have never been to Pompei but very much want to go with my daughter.

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    • globalmouse  May 13, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      I hope you get to take her – it’s the most amazing place for children – a real opportunity for them to see history first-hand. Thank you for your comments!

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  40. Emily  June 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    It’s such a fascinating place which you convey so well! It can be a challenge with kids but definitely worth and I’m sure it’s an experience they’ll never forget. Let us know if you’re ever back in Italy, we run various family tours including our Pompeii Adventure http://www.contexttravel.com/city/naples/walking-tour-details/pompeii-adventure

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  41. Nelson Mochilero  September 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Really interested in Pompeii with your photos.
    Wonderful reportage!

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    • globalmouse  September 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you so much! We loved it there and hope to go back soon đŸ™‚

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