The ancient city of Pompeii is just south of Naples down the coast. We arrived fairly early in the morning which was good, because it was already sooo hot. While I am glad that I got to see it most of my focus during the tour was on my grandmother so I missed a lot of what our tour guide told us. Unfortunately we were not fully informed on the conditions and trying to navigate with the wheelchair was nearly impossible. Grandma had to walk large portions of the tour which was even more difficult because of the terrain and the high temperature. We were so fortunate to have a lot of help from people in our tour group (or else we never would have made it!) but we really missed getting to really see anything since our focus was on just getting through it in once piece.
It is pretty unbelievable that the people of ancient Pompeii did not know the danger of living so close to a volcano. I wish I had gotten to learn more about the city but it is definitely amazing how it was buried for all of those years.
Just to clarify one thing….we did not expect Italy to have the same accommodations that the US does for wheelchairs. The only frustration was that our tour director did not properly inform us of the conditions we would be facing because my grandma didn’t actually care if she would have missed Pompeii and had we known we would have just skipped it.
Vesuvius looming in the background
Notice the sidewalk and road we were walking down. The upper sidewalks were ok for pushing until they became narrow, or blocked by a fence which happened frequently. The road area was very uneven and had those blocks you see in the picture everywhere and the curbs were over a foot high. Not ideal for a wheelchair.