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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After becoming freed slaves, the Vettii brothers spared no expense highlighting their ''nouveau-riche'' status, boasting exquisite frescoes and lustrous wall paintings.
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.
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.
Pompeii is open from April to October from 8:30AM to 7:30PM, and from 8:30AM to 5:30PM from November to March.
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).
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.
- When to visitOpen 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 thereTake 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
The tour was amazing, Lello is an archeologist who has an in depth knowledge of Pompeii and it's serroundings. I would recommend you ask for him when booking the tour as his lighthearted comments are enjoyable and educational.
We were staying in Rome and took a train to the Naples Central Station to take this tour. The tour bus was waiting right across the street. This tour stopped at a couple of fun surprise locations that we were not expecting, but made the tour more enjoyable: the Limoncello factory and Almalfi. I'm glad Miguel led us through Pompeii so we could learn the history of the different locations. I would highly recommend this tour!
The tour was very good. Well organized, the guides were very knowledgeable and fun at the same time, everything went smoothly and we were not late at any point.
We have enjoyed every minutes of the trip , just did not enjoyed the food , it is ok not important otherwise it really worth the money we paid
This was a great tour. Our guide was passionate about Pompeii and shared with us many stories and facts that we would have never known if we visited by ourselves. We were a small group of 5 people and the pace of the visit was just right. She was very well prepared and very knowledgable about the place. We followed her suggested itinerary which was very helpful as Pompeii is otherwise huge, so we appreciated that she selected the key areas for us to visit. She also gave us recommendations on what else to go to see once the tour was over to make sure we get most of our time in Pompeii. She also had recommendations about Herculaneum and Naples which was a nice bonus.