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Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

From $57.47 per person

Discover the ancient city of Pompeii on a tour led by an archeologist on either a small-group or private tour. Skip the ticket line and explore the famous excavations while listening to anecdotes from an expert.

About this tour

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English, Italian, Spanish, French, German
Private group available

The Original experience

Highlights
  • Discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an expert archeological guide
  • Choose from either a small-group or private experience
  • Beat long waiting times with skip-the-ticket-line access
  • Visit highlights such as the Great Theater and Forum
  • Appreciate preserved frescoes, artwork and mosaics up close
  • Discover the history of the ancient city of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
Full description

Transport yourself back to Roman times on a guided tour of Pompeii led by an archeologist. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site for two hours with the help of your expert guide, who will take you around the city preserved by volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. Choose the experience you would like to have, with the choice of either a shared small-group tour or a private tour for your group alone. Start by skipping the line when you enter the city at Porta Marina Superiore, one of the ancient city’s seven gates. Walk the main streets and wander around the Forum, the old heart of the city and the center of public life. From here you can see Mount Vesuvius overlooking the city. Discover constructions such as the Basilica (business and legal center), Thermal Baths, Temples, Bakery and Great Theater of Pompeii. Listen to interesting anecdotes from your archeological guide, who will tell you about people who lived in Pompeii. Even peek at plaster casts of people who were in the city at the time of the eruption. See artworks, mosaics and frescoes in various places that are well-maintained and will take you back nearly 2000 years. Highlights include the House of the Vetti and the Lupanar Brothel. Find out how this famous brothel got its name and see its preserved stone beds and frescoes. Get great tips from your guide at the end of the tour about how to spend the rest of your day, or even choose to stay inside the archeological site longer to explore on your own.

Get directions to the Sanctuary Dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, the local cathedral that is located close to the excavation site. You can also get directed to the Amphitheater and Orto dei Fuggiaschi.

Includes
  • Guided tour by an archeologist
  • Entry ticket to Pompeii
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access
  • Headsets for listening to the guide (available for groups of 16 or more)
  • Freedom to explore the archeological site on your own after the tour
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • We’re enforcing extra health and safety measures for GetYourGuide Originals
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Water

    Know before you go

    • Shared group and private options do not always offer the same languages. Please check all languages of interest to find your preferred option type
    • There may be slight variations in the itinerary due to overcrowding or temporary closure
    • A free cloakroom service is located next to the Porta Marina Superiore entrance (subject to availability)
    • Smoking is not allowed on the site
    • Dogs larger than 5 kg are not allowed on the site
    • Large backpacks, bags or umbrellas and other bulky items are not allowed on the site (maximum 30 x 30 x 15 cm)
    • This tour is not accessible for those with mobility impairments
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 1246 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Value for money
      4.6/5
    • Service
      4.9/5
    • Organization
      4.8/5

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    Sergio was an excellent guide, genuine storyteller who is passionate about the subject. He speaks great English and was very easy to understand and follow which is very nice for those of us who don’t speak Italian. The guide is a must at this beautiful site and I cannot recommend this enough. Very interesting history and insights into archeology, the park is a must see and this guide is perfect.

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    September 19, 2021

    Had a great tour through Pompei guided bij Giulia - eventhough the group was not that small: 20 people. Giulia was an expert archeologist and could tell us all about what happened in and after the days of the big eruption in 79 AD. Would recommend everyone to do a guided tour, because people might get overwhelmed exploring the ruins by themselves.

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    September 10, 2021

    it was a great experience. Our archeologist, Anna, gave us plenty of information about life in Pompei back in 79 a.d., but in a fun, captivating and interactive way, so that the almost 3 hours spent together passed without noticing. We highly recommend this tour and we highly appreciate Anna's professionalism and passsion for her work, that she was able to transmit also to us, as tourists. I took this tour together with my 2 sons, aged 16 and 13, and it was a great experience for them too, because Anna explained everything to us in a simple and understandable manner. Ioana K.

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    September 7, 2021

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