Morgan and I were treated to the most fabulous private guide around Pompeii as a wedding gift.
If you get a chance to visit, I really recommend hiring yourself someone like our man Federico Poole (who is well qualified for the task – an archaeologist, guide, translator and holds a doctoral degree in Egyptology). The site is huge and often full of large tour groups in a rush. With Federico we were able to dodge the mass tours, navigate our way straight to the juicy bits and have a great discussion about life in Pompeii.
When you consider what happened to Pompeii in 79 A.D., it is amazing what did survive the catastrophe – not just the building structures but also the most delicate artwork and interior decoration, even political campaign slogans painted on the walls.