We were quite lucky that day though as we:
- barely made it on the boat to Sorrento (we had to run on it just before it left and we were the last two on there)
- the train came right away when we arrived, from Sorrento to Pompeii
- the forecast said rain the whole day..but it didn't rain the whole time we were exploring Pompeii. It started pouring though just when we left/got to the train station
- made it on the train to Naples just in time (did a bit of running as well and if the train actually came on time then we would've missed it. I think we were a few min late and the train was a few min later than we were)
- made it on the last boat back to Capri. Otherwise we would've been stuck in Naples for the night
Ah, good memories :D
Actually to add to the list above (though for the night before), I ran around all the shops of Capri at night shortly before they closed to look for a pair of running shoes as I didn't bring any there. I had to get them to visit Pompeii which I now totally recommend. I didn't know just how extreme it would be but they really are all "ruins" there and would be quite difficult to navigate around in any other footwear. Some parts were slippery too so you'd need sneakers with good grip. Anyways, I was lucky to have found possibly the only sportswear boutique in Capri so I bought a pair of Pompeii-appropriate shoes just in time which you can see here:
Those large sculptures you see in the photos above are actually not real. Well they are modern sculptures and actually just a temporary exhibit until Jan 2017. They weren't there during ancient times ;)
An oven, in a style of which we still use today! Some carbonized loaves of bread were found inside during their excavations.
Also if I were to come here during the middle of summer when it's extremely hot and with crowds of people, I would not have enjoyed it as much. There isn't really anywhere to cool down or sit/rest. & there's only one small eating place in the whole site.
The ancient version of the "beware of dog" sign
When we visited, Anouk and I hired a private tour guide just for the both of us which would be one of my top recommendations if you are planning a trip there. We learned a lot and it really added to the experience. Normally when visiting anywhere, I would prefer to explore on my own without a guide (for example cities or museums) but for an ancient city like this I feel it is necessary because otherwise you're just walking around without knowing what you're looking at. Unless you studied it I guess. We booked our guide from a company called Emiliano's Archaeological Tours. We had a 4-hour tour but I would recommend at least 6 hours if you have the time, and maybe visit the neighbouring city of Herculaneum as well which is apparently more well preserved than Pompeii.
My other major recommendation would be to not visit during the peak summer season due to the crowds and heat. We came in April and it was perfect. Yes, I am very behind on this post hahah.
This is quite a longer post than I expected to make and it took me several hours. I don't expect you to have read everything as it's quite long but if you did..I hope you found it interesting and informative!