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Attractions to see in Pompeii

In 79 AD, torrid volcanic ash and pumice raced down the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and smothered Pompeii to death. Since excavations began in the mid-18th century, the city has yielded a bounty of cultural treasures and insight into the life of the ancient world.

Amphitheater of Pompeii

Built in 80 BC and considered the earliest of its kind in the world, this grand venue hosted gladiator games and seated up to 20,000 fans in three sections based on social class.

Temple of Apollo

Considered Pompeii's oldest religous building, a replica of the bronze statue of the god of prophecy stands poised, as if holding a bow and arrow, amid a row of Corinthian columns.

Temple of Jupiter

Mount Vesuvius looms in the background of the temple dedicated to the Capitoline Triad of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. Romans revered Jupiter as the most supreme of their deities.

House of the Faun

It's one of the largest residences of Pompeii, housing the replica of the famed Alexander Mosaic, which depicts Alexander the Great battling Persian king Darius III.

House of the Menander

This opulent abode with frescoes and mosaics takes its name not from its original owners, the Poppaeus family, but from the striking fresco portraying the Greek poet Menander.

House of the Vettii

After becoming freed slaves, the Vettii brothers spared no expense highlighting their ''nouveau-riche'' status, boasting exquisite frescoes and lustrous wall paintings.

Photo: Justin Ennis@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Villa of the Mysteries

Nine painted scenes on the walls of the ''Initiation Chamber'' reflect a bride's ceremonial passage into womanhood and the cult of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility.

Pompeii: Our Tips

Tickets for Pompeii

Admission into ancient Pompeii costs €11, but it's free on the first Sunday of the month. It's not necessary to purchase tickets in advance online, and you can enter at one of three entrances: Villa dei Misteri, Porta Marina and the Anfiteatro. For those who want to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Boscoreale and Stabia, a 3-day pass costs €20.

What are are the opening hours?

Pompeii is open from April to October from 8:30AM to 7:30PM, and from 8:30AM to 5:30PM from November to March.

How do I get there?

The Circumvesuviana departs on the Naples - Sorrento train line every half hour and takes 30-40 minutes to arrive at "Pompeii-Scavi - Villa dei Misteri" station. The SITA bus operates Monday through Saturday only. It leaves from the Port of Naples and Naples Central Station and stops at Piazza Esedra in Pompeii (entrance to the site from here is at Porta Marina). If you're traveling by car, take the A3 highway (autostrada).

When should I visit?

In southern Italy, spring and fall offer pleasant temperatures, while summer is quite toasty. Pompeii isn't small in area, and you should expect to spend a minimum of 2-3 hours exploring. It's best to bring a bottle of water, and don't forget to wear proper shoes and sunblock.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Open April to October, 8:30AM to 7:30PM and November to March, 8:30AM to 5:30PM.
  • What is the price?
    Adult admission starts at just 11€ and continues upwards with tour and transportation options.
  • Will I need a guide?
    This site offers so much history, having a guide definitely enriches your visit.
  • How to get there
    Take the Circumvesuviana train to the Pompeii-Scavi-Villa dei Misteri station, or the SITA bus to the Piazza Esedra station.
  • Additional tips
    • There is very little shade in this huge area, so make sure you bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.
    • Once inside, concessions are limited, so plan ahead and get food in advance if you need to.

What People Are Saying About Pompeii

Very informative in an interesting way and well organized.

Anna and Andy did a super job! We got lots of information told in a lively way. They were very energetic and helpful! The whole day was organized very well and everything went smoothly.
Pompeii Full-Day Trip From Rome Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/18/2016

Very interesting guide, shows the main highlights in the right context

Our guide Matilda was great, spoke fluent English and was very interesting. We went through the main areas of the city and were able to ask questions. After the tour we continued to additional areas she mentioned and could easily understand the context of these locations.
Pompeii: Skip-The-Line 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Dagan, 10/15/2016

A good over view of Le Campania with Vesuvius and Pompeii highlighted.

Chiara did a fine job making sure we got the most out of our trip to the Sth of Italy. Paula was a knowledgeable guide at Pompeii. Antonio was great behind the wheel of the bus. To avoid the city traffic maybe there is a better meeting place for the bus toward the outer suburbs of Rome at a train/metro station?
Pompeii Full-Day Trip From Rome Reviewed by gregory, 10/14/2016

It was fun, informative and a good walk.

If you want to have fun, get smarter and get your exercise too, take this tour. There is enough time to take good pictures and observe the ancient buildings close up. And a delicious lunch is included.
Pompeii Full-Day Trip From Rome Reviewed by Cristina, 10/13/2016

A wonderful well-organized tour with amazing tourguides

This day-trip was everything we hoped for and more. The day started very early, and our guides Becky and Andy anticipated on this by telling ''bed-time'' stories at the beginning of our trip, and letting everyone doze of a while before arriving at our first reststop. During the second part of the trip to Pompeii our guides told as some more interesting stories and made us even more excited about visiting Pompeii. When we arrived, another tour-guide from Pompeii took over the tour and guided us - by using earphones - through the most impressive places. After Pompeii we went to Napels to enjoy a salad and pizza and a nice cold drink. Precisely one hour after we arrived we took off again to the Vesuvius. After a spectaculair climb on the mountain by bus we were able to climb to the top ourselves in 20 minutes and enjoy crater of the volcano and the view of Napels and Pompeii from above. Our tour guides were amazing and made sure we could enjoy every second of this tour!
Pompeii Full-Day Trip From Rome Reviewed by Rosanne, 10/13/2016

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