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Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

1. Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Explore the world-famous Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius on a guided day trip starting from Naples or Sorrento. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Pompeii and admire the Bay of Naples from Vesuvius’ summit. Start at Pompeii, where you can skip the ticket line before your guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  With your guide, inspect well-preserved ruins, artworks, mosaics, and frescoes, including the Roman Forum, and Temple of Apollo. Even glance at plaster casts of people in the city at the time of Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. Exit the archeological site with your guide and enjoy some free time to wander around Pompeii town. Choose the lunch option for a two-course meal consisting of a main course, a dessert, and one drink followed by a round of Limoncello tasting Next up is Mount Vesuvius. Skip the majority of the arduous climb, with your vehicle taking you 1000m up the volcano.  From there, enjoy a 30-minute walk to the crater’s edge, where you’ll have some free time to explore. Take the opportunity to savor and photograph unforgettable views over the whole of the Bay of Naples from here. Look out for the official alpine guides at the summit who can share the volcano’s turbulent history with you.  The day trip ends with a transfer back to Naples or Sorrento.

From Naples or Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

2. From Naples or Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

Visit Italy’s Amalfi Coast and all its must-see sights on a day trip from either Naples or Sorrento. See the coast’s colorful cliff towns, including visits to Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi itself. Join your guide at your meeting point in either Naples or Sorrento before your scenic drive to your first stop. Venture into the cliffside village of Positano with your guide, who will drop you in the center and give you a quick introduction. Enjoy an hour to yourself to explore Positano's pebble beaches, narrow café-lined streets, and perhaps even go for a swim. Take in the stunning views of this cliffside town from the shores. Personalize your 2 hours in the town of Amalfi with options including a boat trip along the coast. Select the lunch option and choose from a variety of gourmet sandwiches with 1 bottle of water. Alternatively, take time to explore the historical town on your own. If exploring by yourself, don’t miss the iconic Sant'Andrea Cathedral, home to eclectic Byzantine, Norman, and Moorish architectural styles. Finally, visit the beautiful town of Ravello, with its pretty streets and gelato shops. Enjoy an hour at your leisure for sights like the 13th-century Villa Rufolo with its picturesque gardens overlooking the sea, before your journey back to Sorrento or Naples.

Naples: Underground Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

3. Naples: Underground Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

Immerse yourself into a world beneath Naples and witness the city's history unfold on a guided tour. See relics of ancient times, including the Hypogeum Gardens and Emperor Nero's dressing room. Descend 40 meters into the honeycombed underground of Naples and discover its haunting history. See several cavities excavated in the 4th century and used as cisterns for the city's water supply for nearly 23 centuries. Step into the past as you explore air-raid shelters from World War II, the War Museum, and the Hypogeum Gardens, as well as the Greek-Roman aqueduct. Hear the history behind each turn from your guide. Witness the remains of the ancient Roman Theater of Neapolis and see where Nero kept a private dressing room for when he performed shows in Naples.

From Naples: Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full-Day Tour

4. From Naples: Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full-Day Tour

Immerse yourself in 3 stunning Italian towns on this day trip from Naples. Shop in boutiques, taste limoncello, and enjoy a light lunch on this relaxing day to remember. Depart Naples and journey to Sorrento and admire the beauty of the landscape along the way. Listen to informative commentary during the journey. Stop to taste some of the local limoncello liqueur made from lemons, and then wander the narrow streets for 1 hour. Pop into artisan shops and sample the local delicacies. Continue to Positano and get an hour to go to the beach or admire the colorful flowers in the summer. Shop for the traditional Moda Positano clothes before going to a nice restaurant on the coast to enjoy lunch on a terrace with breathtaking sea views. Next, get 1.5 hours of free time in Amalfi and visit the cathedral or relax on the beach with a handmade ice cream.

Naples: Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

5. Naples: Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

Visit the Amalfi Coast on a day trip from Naples. Take in Sorrento from the sea. Visit Amalfi and Positano, with the option of exploring Ravello too. Admire incredible scenery worthy of a UNESCO World Heritage listing. From the convenient meeting point in Naples, you will transfer to the port of Torre del Greco. From there, set sail to Sorrento, enjoying the amazing Mount Vesuvius in the background and learning about its tragic history from your expert guide. Admire the beauty of the Sorrento coastline: the panoramic terraces overhanging the sea, the Baths of Queen Giovanna, the Bay of Jeranto, and the Protected Sea Area of Punta Campanella. When you arrive at Amalfi, you will have free time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its picturesque views, romantic landscapes, and the cathedral of Saint Andrew. Depending on the option chosen, you can also visit Ravello, a resort town, where you can see the Villa Rufolo and its serene garden, which offers a breathtaking panorama over the entire Gulf of Salerno. Then you will depart for Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast, famous for its narrow streets, small shops, and colorful pottery. You will have some free time here to explore before relaxing on board for the journey back to Naples.

From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

6. From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

Hop aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus and start your journey down to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pompeii. Upon arrival at Pompeii, breeze past the long lines with your Skip-the-Line ticket. Enter a time capsule of the ancient Roman world. Let your local expert guide give you a tour of these marvelously-preserved ruins. Go to Positano, where the houses tumble down the hillside and stroll among the boutique stores. Purchase some of the local limoncello liqueur, visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta or people watch from a restaurant terrace. After some free time and lunch (own expense) in Pompeii, continue further south along the picturesque seaside roads of the Amalfi Coast. Marvel at the spectacular coastline as the mountains cascade into the sea and romantic villages climb up the mountains.

From Naples: Island of Capri Full-Day Tour with Lunch

7. From Naples: Island of Capri Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Sail to the island of Capri from Naples on a hydrofoil. Explore the colorful streets of Capri and see the Piazzetta and the Gardens of Augustus. Hear the history from your guide and enjoy a traditional lunch. Be picked up at your hotel or other agreed meeting point in Naples and transferred to the port. At the port meet the professional guide who will accompany you on your visit to the enchanting island of Capri. The hydrofoil ride to Capri will take around 40 minutes. The first stop on your guided visit to the island is Marina Grande. Head up to Anacapri by minibus, a short and fun trip that affords marvelous views. Take a stroll in the famous Piazzetta, known as the lounge of the world, and the place to be seen for movie stars and VIPs since the times of la dolce vita in the 1950s and 60s. Your guide will tell you all about the island and its history and lead you to the Gardens of Augustus, and along the charming Via Camerelle, Via Tregare, and to the village center. Stop for lunch at a typical local restaurant, where you’ll enjoy the pleasant and refreshing local flavors. After lunch you’ll take in the celebrated views of the Faraglioni, a sight cherished even by Roman emperors. At the end of the visit the guide will accompany you back to Naples, where a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel or meeting point.

From Rome: Round-Trip Transfer to Pompeii and its Ruins

8. From Rome: Round-Trip Transfer to Pompeii and its Ruins

Benefit from round-trip transportation to the archeological ruins of Pompeii from Rome. Along the way, enjoy a short panoramic tour of Naples and discover the beauty of this city from the comfort of your coach. Climb up Vomero Hill, overlooking the Bay of Naples, for majestic views of Mount Vesuvius. Upon arrival at Pompeii, explore this UNESCO World Heritage site at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Walk along the ancient streets of the well-preserved ruins for a glimpse into the lives of ancient Romans. In the afternoon, join the tour leader at the meeting point and relax on the return journey to Rome.

Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour with Archaeologist

9. Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour with Archaeologist

Arrive at the archaeological city of Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is considered to be one of the largest archaeological areas ever known. Meet your expert guide and small group, and after benefitting from skip-the-line entrance, begin your exploration of this incredible city that was buried for thousands of years.  Live a unique experience as you stroll through the remaining streets of this ancient city, walking on the original volcanic stone pavement. Receive an introduction to the daily routine of the Roman citizens as the whole city seems to come back to life right in front of your eyes. Imagine the gladiators working out in the gymnasium; the beautiful matronae lying on the marble triclinium while enjoying a feast; the smell of the fresh baked bread rising from the ovens chimneys; people walking through the market stalls and gathering around politicians in the Forum. Your guide will provide you with a detailed depiction of the habits and lifestyle of this Greek-Roman city, whose mysteries and uniqueness will leave you breathless.

Naples: Make Your Own Neapolitan Pizza Workshop

10. Naples: Make Your Own Neapolitan Pizza Workshop

Discover the wonders of fresh Italian cooking on your trip to Naples, the birthplace of pizza. With the guidance of an English-speaking Italian chef, enjoy a fun cooking workshop and learn how to make Neapolitan pizza. In the first half of the class, master the art of freshly made pizza dough using flour and water. Then in the second part of the session, create and bake your masterpiece. Once your pizza is cooked, sit down and relax with a glass of wine to enjoy your meal while soaking up views of Naples and the Nuovo Castle. At the end of an unforgettable workshop, say goodbye to your chef and head home with the skills to reproduce the perfect pizza time and time again.

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Vincenzo was excellent (he lived in New York)! He even offered to let us contact him later in our trip for restaurant recommendations. It was a treat to be escorted by a native driver in a clear, cool car. The day was very well organized and efficient — we could not have planned all of these activities ourselves, and each part of the day was just as fun as the last. I recommend paying extra for the guide in Pompeii, as she provided additional context that we would have otherwise missed. Make sure to budget an additional €75-125 per person for the tickets and food (or €225-375 total). All around, it was a fabulous day!

We had a wonderful visit throughout the museum. Our guide Nicoletta met us outside the museum 10 minutes prior to our scheduled time. She ushered us in prioritizing our collection visits so that we had no almost no other people around us! She is a true archeologist that has been on many digs! Her explanations helped us understand our visits to Pompei and Herculaneum. She knew the elevator access helped us secure a lost bag successfully and explained every collection perfectly. Some of the best things are very small! It was a great day in a great museum!

What an amazing tour! Beautiful sites, fun and educational. Martha was excellent and fun! We enjoyed everything this tour had to offer. 100% recommended!!

This is the best way to understand the city’s history and culture to decide which area and activities you want to focus on.

Really nice small museum. Worth visiting when seeing the cathedral.