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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.

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From Rome: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Full-Day Trip

2. From Rome: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Full-Day Trip

Travel from Rome to Pompeii in an air-conditioned private coach, accompanied all the way by your expert tour coordinator. Benefit from skip-the-line entry and enjoy a self-guided visit around the ancient city. Throughout the ruins, you’ll come across death casts: plaster recreations of unfortunate citizens preserved by the superheated volcanic ash. After visiting Pompeii, the coach will take you up the slope of Mt. Vesuvius (from April to mid-November), one of Europe’s few active volcanoes located in the Vesuvius National Park. From here, take a short hike up to the steaming crater for stunning views of Capri and Sorrento. During the winter season between November and March, Mt. Vesuvius is closed, so your tour will follow the coastline and take you to the city of Naples, where you can explore the iconic Castle Nuovo, the famous art deco Umberto I Gallery, or simply wander around the monumental Plebiscito Square.

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From the Amphitheater to the House of the Faun

3. From the Amphitheater to the House of the Faun

Let your archeological guide provide you with an in-depth look into what life was like in Pompeii before the eruption of Vesuvius of in 79 AD. Gain insight into the day-to-day lives of Romans. Strat at the amphitheater and walk along the ancient main street via dell'Abbondanza. See buildings that were essential to civic life in Roman times, like the grand house of Octavius Quartio, the house and Thermopolium (restaurant) of Vetutius Placidus, and the Stabian Thermal bath. Visit the forum, the central point of life in Pompeii. Stroll to the large villa known as the House of the Faun. Listen to your guide tell you stories and facts from the past as you walk.

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Pompeii Ruins Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

4. 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's, 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 in the modern city of Pompeii and can direct you towards the Sanctuary Dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, which is just a few steps from the Pompeii excavation exit.

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Pompeii: Augmented Reality Tour

5. Pompeii: Augmented Reality Tour

Gear up in AR Glasses and enjoy a unique, innovative, and immersive augmented reality tour of the archaeological site of Pompeii. Step into a different time and see what Pompeii was like before it fell to ruins through the power of AR. Meet your tour leader and learn about the itinerary and how to easily use your AR glasses. All itineraries and reconstructions have been developed by a team of archaeologists and experts to show how life in Pompeii was before the eruption. Watch as your AR glasses create holograms that overlap the existing ruins, showing how the most significant temples, houses, squares, theaters, and buildings were before the eruption of 79 A.D. (augmented reality) compared to now (reality).

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Pompeii: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

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

Skip the line and explore one of Europe's most important archeological sites together with a professional guide. Stroll through the ancient streets and learn about the daily life of those who lived in the ancient city prior to the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. See the buildings and structures that were 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.

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2-Hour Pompeii Child-Friendly Tour

7. 2-Hour Pompeii Child-Friendly Tour

Your guide will focus on your needs and attention and, with the use of tablets, reconstructions and multimedia material, you will surely have the best Pompeii experience ever. This is a great family tour including the highlights of the ancient Pompeii: the Marina Gate, the basilica (court house), the forum (main square) with market temples and municipal buildings, the Stabian Baths, the bakery, the House of Menander, the theaters, the plaster casts and much more with the use of a tablet and multimedia material for children. The meeting point will be at the the main entrance of the Pompeii ruins which is called Porta Marina Superiore.

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Pompeii: Tour and Visit to the Antiquarium

8. Pompeii: Tour and Visit to the Antiquarium

Enjoy Pompeii with an archeological guide on a three-hour tour. Walk through the ancient streets and learn about the daily life of those who lived in the ancient city before to the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. See the buildings and structures that were essential to civic life in Roman times, such as the House of the Faun, the House of the Tragic Poete, the Forum, and explore one of Europe's most significant archaeological sites while learning about the eruption that made the site significant. Visit the Antiquarium inaugurated on 01/25/2021, observe the most significant finds, and trace the history of Pompeii from the Samnite era (4th century BC) until the tragic eruption.

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3-Hour Pompeii Private Tour with an Archaeologist

9. 3-Hour Pompeii Private Tour with an Archaeologist

This tour consists of a marvelous walk around the ancient Roman city of Pompeii which was buried in the ashes of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 A.D. On this three-hour tour, you will see most of the important sights. A walk in Pompeii is a very intense experience; you'll have the feeling of wandering in a still-living town. Learn about the history of the town and how the Romans lived and see all the most important public buildings and private houses. Highlights include Marina gate, the forum, the basilica, the temple of Jupiter, the Stabian baths, the house of Menander, the brothel, the theaters, the plaster casts of the victims, shops, fountains and more.

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From Naples: Transfer to Positano with Pompeii Guided Tour

10. From Naples: Transfer to Positano with Pompeii Guided Tour

Enjoy a transfer service from Naples to Positano (or vice versa) and ride in style in a Mercedes, driven by a professional driver. This transfer service includes pick-up at Naples Airport or Central Station (or your hotel) and drop off to Positano, with all taxes and gas.  All drivers are professional, competent and punctual, also providing you with a lot of information along the way. Your driver will meet you at the exit or your hotel holding a sign with your name on, and will accompany you to the car parked just a few steps away. Sit back and relax while your English-speaking driver takes you to your destination. Enjoy the ride along the winding roads of the Sorrentine peninsula with dramatic sights on the bay of Naples and the island of Capri, stop at Pompeii for a two-hour guided tour before being dropped off at your accommodation in the area of Positano. Along the way, stop at Pompeii for a private walking tour with an archaeological guide. You'll see most important public buildings, luxurious urban villas and shops, the Marina Gate, the Basilica (court house) and the Forum (main square). Then visit the Forum baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the bakery, the house of the Faun, as well as the Termopolium Capuano (fast-food restaurant of the Romans). In addition, see the house of the Tragic Poet as well as the famous plaster casts.

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What people are saying about Basilica, Pompeii

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 2,582 reviews

The tour is amazing. You will learn about how the Romans lived, their great inventions, you will be able to understand and see evidence from 2000 years ago. The tour lasts 2 hours, enough to visit the most important buildings. The Ancient City is huge and you will need more than one day to see it all. I recommend wear comfortable shoes because there’s a lot of walking.

Nello is an Italian archaeologist who speaks perfect French. the visit was very interesting, full of anecdotes and details.

Nice day with the guide Giulia who is very knowledgeable and passionate. Highly recommended

Excellent! Very nice, perfect French, and lots of anecdotes. Thank you !

Amazing experience to touch the vanished civilization