Pompeii

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Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

1. Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

Transport yourself back to Roman times on a guided tour of Pompeii led by an archeologist. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site for 2 hours with the help of your expert guide, who will take you around the city preserved by volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. Choose the experience you would like to have, with the choice of either a shared small-group tour or a private tour for your and your group alone. Skip the line when you enter the city at Porta Marina Superiore, one of the ancient city’s 7 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 highlights 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. Peek at plaster casts of those who were in the city at the time of the eruption. See well-maintained artworks, mosaics, and frescoes and travel 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.

Pompeii Ruins Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

2. Pompeii Ruins Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

Walk through the ruins of Pompeii with your small group of maximum 20 people and explore this ancient city, buried by Vesuvius in 79 AD. Learn about one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world on this 2-hour walking tour led by an archaeologist and professional local guide. Visit where the most important public buildings, homes, and shops are located. You will see the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the bakery, the house of Faun, the Termopolium, the main street, the Plaster Casts of the dead, and the Theaters. At the end of the tour, the guide will give you great suggestions on how to spend the rest of the day exploring the ruins or the modern city of Pompeii if you want the best directions.

From Naples: Skip-the-Line Pompeii and Vesuvius Tour

3. From Naples: Skip-the-Line Pompeii and Vesuvius Tour

Experience how the ancient Romans lived and the immense and beautiful Italian landscape on this combination tour by minivan or car of the Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius. See the Forum, the Stabian Baths, a brothel, the House of the Faun, the House of the Tragic Poet, and more. Then, drive up Mount Vesuvius with a volcanologist guide. After visiting Pompeii, take a half-hour break before beginning the second part of the tour. Head off on a drive to the top of Mount Vesuvius through the natural beauty of pine forests and lush woods and bright yellow flowers. Enjoy stunning views of the Bay of Naples. Enjoy a walk with a volcanologist guide who will tell you about the geological history of the volcano and its eruptions.

Pompeii: Fast Track Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

4. Pompeii: Fast Track Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

Skip the long lines and discover the remains of the Roman city. See ancient ruins, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, leaving the city buried under mountains of volcanic ash. Take advantage of an audio guide service to see houses and everyday items that are still almost intact. Experience this everyday Roman town, almost like it was under the Roman Empire. Learn more about the history of the town from your audio guide commentary. Visit highlights of the town such as the Roman amphitheater, the small theater, and the public gym. Discover what remains of shopfronts and stores. See frescoes that have been preserved, depicting various scenes of Roman mythology and daily life.

Pompeii: Archeological Site Entry Ticket

5. Pompeii: Archeological Site Entry Ticket

Step back in time with this ticket to the archeological site of Pompeii. Expereince the thrill of walking down streets that were preserved by volcanic ash. Discover its temples, theaters, elegant villas, and public buildings. Roam comfortably thorugh the site with free luggage storage. Show your ticket at the door and begin your exploration of one of the most famous archeological sites in the world. On the morning of August 24, AD 79, the Vesuvius eruption took Pompeii's 11,000 residents by surprise. The dramatic event killed the inhabitants and the city was buried beneath ash. Feel the thrill of seeing where Romans picked up lunch in the market place. View the intricate mosaics in the public baths. View Hellenistic places like the House of the Faun. Imagine sitting in the audience at the amphitheater or admire the frescoed Villa of the Mysteries. Stroll to the temples of Venus, Apollo, and Jupiter. Capture picture of the city with Vesuvius looming in the background. Have time to explore the site at your own pace and skip the stress of booking tickets to this popular attraction.

From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

6. From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

Revisit where Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii beneath molten ash on a day trip by minivan or bus. Follow your licensed guide through the remains of this UNESCO World Heritage Site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. Enjoy a local pizza lunch along your route. Hear stories about the Forum, Thermal Baths, the Lupanare, the Greek Theatre, and plaster casts of bodies burnt by volcanic ashes and lapilli. Savor a typical Naples pizza lunch at one of Pompeii’s cafés. Then, be driven close to the mountain's summit that destroyed the city. From there, take a short walk to the lip of the crater and take in the atmosphere of the smoking mountain. Revisit the devastating day in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the Roman city of Pompeii beneath molten ash. On arrival, discover the remains of this UNESCO world heritage site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. It is the only active volcano in continental Europe. Enjoy the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. Return to Naples at approximately 5 PM and be dropped off at your hotel, your cruise ship, or the railway station.

Pompeii: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

7. Pompeii: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Embark on a guided walking tour in Pompeii and enjoy skip-the-line tickets to see the ancient archaeological site. Listen as your guide tells you about the history and architecture of this old Roman city. Skip-the-line and explore one of Europe's most important archeological sites with a guide. Choose from a private or group option and stroll through the ancient streets to learn about the daily life of those who lived in the ancient city before the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. See the buildings and structures essential to civic life in Roman times, such as the new Antiquarium, the Basilica, the Forum, the thermal baths, and the Theater. Observe what remains of commercial and residential neighborhoods, including a bakery and typical housing blocks.

From Rome: Day Trip to Pompeii with Lunch and Guide

8. From Rome: Day Trip to Pompeii with Lunch and Guide

Take an amazing journey back in time on this day tour to the archaeological ruins of Pompeii from Rome. Travel through the Italian countryside and enjoy incredible views of the Mediterranean, Mount Vesuvius, and countless historic sites. Be picked up at a central location in Rome and board an air-conditioned bus with plenty of legroom. Enjoy rolling hills on the drive to Naples. Stop to take in this Mediterranean city which is famous for its rich history, art, culture, and gastronomy.  Drive up the Vomero hill for views of the city, the bay of Naples, the Sorrento peninsula, and the volcanic area of Phlegrean fields. The skyline is dominated by the majestic and still-active volcano Vesuvius, the perfect spot to take photos of this stunning landmark. Continue down towards the port of Mergellina, and travel south towards Mount Vesuvius and the town of Pompeii. Stop for a traditional lunch of Neapolitan pizza with a drink before reaching the archaeological site.  Head to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pompeii and enter with skip-the-line tickets. Spend the afternoon exploring this once-thriving city that was frozen in time by layers of volcanic ash.  Wander through the ancient streets and learn about the history of this place from your guide. After your tour of Pompeii, enjoy the leisurely return trip to your meeting point in Rome.

Pompeii: Guided Walking Tour With Entrance Ticket

9. Pompeii: Guided Walking Tour With Entrance Ticket

Skip the lines and explore the ancient city of Pompeii on a guided walking tour. Learn about daily life and the people who once lived there. Visit important buildings, including the Forum and the Thermal Baths. Get ready to explore the excavation site where, gradually over the last few centuries, the Ancient Roman town has been uncovered. Many of its landmarks are remarkably well-preserved after being buried by volcanic ash for nearly 2 millennia. On this walking tour, you will discover what everyday life was like for a Roman in the town and you will see the Forum, the Thermal Baths, Lupanare, and even streets with shops displaying signs selling produce including wine. With the help of a professional guide, you will learn more about the history of this town and what happened on that day in 79 AD when the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

10. Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

Experience an unforgettable shore excursion from Naples including a group tour in Pompeii and Herculaneum led by an expert Archaeologist guide. See the major highlights. First, get picked up from Naples Central Station. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to Pompeii in a modern minivan with a maximum of 8 people. When you arrive, benefit from skip-the-line entry and then take a pleasant walk around the ancient Roman city. Learn about how the area was buried by the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.  As you walk, learn about the history of the town and how the Romans lived. See all the most important public buildings and private houses on a 2-hour walk. Highlights include the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the Forum Baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the Bakery, the House of Faun, the Termopolium Capuano, the House of Tragic Poet, and the plaster casts. Then, after a 1-hour lunch in downtown Pompeii, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to Herculaneum for another 2-hour guided tour. Once again, enter with skip-the-line tickets, and see how Herculaneum is much smaller but better preserved than Pompeii. See how whilst Pompeii was covered by 4 to 5 meters of ashes, Herculaneum was buried under a landslide of 20-meter deep mud. During the tour, discover carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings, and mosaics which are still preserved. Highlights include the Temple of the Augustali, the beach where more than 300 skeletons were found, the Thermal Baths, the Forum, the Samnite House, the Gymnasium, the House of the Dears, and much more. Finally, get dropped off back at the train station in time for your onward departure.

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What people are saying about Pompeii

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4.5 / 5

based on 29,567 reviews

My teenage daughter and I had a great day! Our guide Peter, organised this trip very well. All stops were well timed so that we got the most out of this exciting day. We had sufficient time to wander around Positano and its beach, and enjoy amazing colours and views there. We were lucky with weather and traffic. In Pompeii we had an excellent local guide. She used our precious time very efficiently to show us around and tell many facts. Time on the bus passed quickly too. Thanks to our kind and professional coach driver, we had a very comfortable travel. I would highly recommend this trip.

Our tour guide Peter was great, really, he was very knowledgeable about the areas we were going through and seeing, he was very informative about subjects pertaining to the tour, he knows his history. Peter was good about prepping us to know when we would break for food, restrooms etc.. The drive was cumfy in a clean bus and didn’t seem as lengthy as it would seem on paper at all, so don’t shy away from the hours this tour runs, it was fun, didn’t seem heavy at all and there was a really good restaurant at the end of the day drop off point at 2 min walking distance.

This was the best guide! Very friendly and knowledgeable Benedetto took us around the sites of Pompei. We were only nine people in our group compared to many other large groups we saw. We had plenty of time to ask our questions and Benedetto was happy to answer. Highly recommended!

JB and Luigi were excellent at getting us to all the places we needed to be at and for being really friendly and helpful. Hector was a very informative guide for Pompeii ruins. Overall would recommend!

Amazing!! Worth every penny. We learned SO much and our guide, Theresa, was delightful.