Young Travel Writers 2015

Eleanor Field, 8

Last updated 20th July 2022
Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii, Italy

Author: Eleanor Field
Age: 8

Naples is a very busy place to be. It is located in Italy. Vesuvius is wonderful (for those of you who don’t know what Vesuvius is, it is a sleeping volcano. It has an amazing history from its violent eruptions. It’s most recent eruption was in 1944. Now I am going to tell you about my trip of Vesuvius.

We left the traffic of Naples it and started to drive up the windy road of Vesuvius. We first parked our car then we got out and then we saw a market which we had a look around. We then bought a ticket for the family. and started to climb this sleeping giant. It was covered with volcanic sand and rocks. It took an hour to climb up and half an hour to climb down. I was exhausted after climbing Vesuvius. We then got an ice cream, it was very tasty! My family got in the car and I fell asleep. While I was asleep we were driving to Paestum. At Paestum we went to a museum! In the museum we saw lots of pottery, which was beautifully decorated with patterns such as a swirl pattern, a zigzag pattern and many more patterns with amazing colours.

They were all sorts of shapes and sizes. We also saw a few statues in the museum, they were really realistic and amazing. Also not far from the museum is Paestum’s columned temple which is a building devoted to the worship of a god or gods. We then drove back to Naples and went to get a bite to eat. Mum and I had pasta, my brother had a Margherita pizza, and dad had mussels, and we all enjoyed our meal together. For pudding I had the most loveliest tasting thing in the world, lemon ice cream! Yum yum in my tum. My brother had a normal chocolate ice cream, but also very delicious. We then went back to the hotel.

In the morning we had a filling breakfast and headed off to the train station. We got on the train which was pleasant and crowded but I did not mind too much. We got off the train at to Pompeii which is an ancient city and was completely wiped out by Vesuvius erupting, being buried under ash and pumice in 79 AD. At Pompeii we walked around for an hour and then saw a lovely lizard, in a villa, it was black and white with a little green on it! We walked on and saw a green field where gladiators fought (if you do not know what a gladiator is, it is a man trained to fight with weapons against other men and wild beasts in an arena. We then got on the train to Herculaneum, another city buried by the ash and lava where I found a piece of razor sharp obsidian, which is formed from quickly cooled lava. I really enjoyed this fantastic trip with my amazing family!