"Stuff to be Aware Of" Pompeii Warnings Or Dangers Tip by goodfish
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As I've mentioned in previous tips, the site has had some issues with lack of visitor services and general deterioration. The good news is that this is being addressed so hopefully many of the needed improvements will have been accomplished by the time you go. Just in case, here are a few little things you might want to expect:
Tour Guides: The site doesn't have its own (it should) and so persons claiming to be guides mill around the entrances soliciting business. It's possible some of them might be legit but more often they're not. Either hire a guide through a reputable tour business or just purchase a good guidebook, with a map, and see it on your own (we did.)
Maps and guidebooks: You should get guidebook and map with corresponding numbered sites with your ticket but it seems that they sometimes run out. Don't fret - even if you DO receive these materials, I highly recommend buying a book from the scavi bookstore with more information plus illustrations of how the city may have looked before the eruption. There are a few good one to chose from - just pick one with lots of pictures, well-written content and map. Even with these materials, the site can be a little confusing but you'll sort it out.
Closed sites: Many of the houses were closed off when we were there. They are trying to open up more but need to stabilize crumbling frescos and walls first. This is another reason to get a good book with photos of interiors you may not get to see.
Lack of restrooms: There is a lot of ground to cover and restrooms are few - although I just read that more have been installed. There were virtually none at the far side of the site so unless that has changed, be sure to visit any working facility near an entrance (see map in 1st tip) when you arrive.
Stray dogs: This is another issue they're trying to address. If you see any, ignore them and they shouldn't bother you.
Food and water: The only source for both is near the entrance (see map for cafe location). I strongly suggest you bring water, something substantial to snack on and a little bag for hauling out any trash. Don't sit on the ruins to nosh, OK? Water is a must - it can be very hot.
Crowds: Unavoidable. Get there first thing in the morning and you'll probably have a little quiet time before the hordes descend.
None of these inconveniences are reasons enough not to go and enjoy this fascinating place; don't sweat the small stuff.
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