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Pompeii: Entry Ticket and Guided Tour with an Archaeologist

1. Pompeii: Entry Ticket and Guided Tour with an Archaeologist

Join a small group tour, capped at 20 participants, through the captivating ruins of Pompeii, which was buried in 79 AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This 2-hour walking tour is led by an expert archaeologist and a knowledgeable local guide, immersing you in one of the most well-preserved archaeological sites in the world. Discover Pompeii's notable landmarks, such as the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, ancient baths, and the Lupanar (brothel). Be awestruck by the bakery, the celebrated House of the Faun, the Termopolium, the main streets, the poignant Plaster Casts of victims, and the historic Theaters. Your tour will wrap up with invaluable insights from your guide, who will provide excellent recommendations for further exploration of Pompeii's ruins or the contemporary city. This tour is ideal for those eager to gain a comprehensive understanding of this emblematic historical site.

Pompeii: Entry Ticket with Optional Audio Guide

2. Pompeii: Entry Ticket with Optional Audio Guide

Step back in time with this ticket to the archeological site of Pompeii with an optional audioguide. 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. Choose between Pompei Express (Only the ancient city of Pompeii, suburban villas not included) and Pompei+ (Ancient city of Pompeii with suburban villas: Villa of the Mysteries + Villa of Diomedes + Villa Regina in Boscoreale with Antiquarium) ticket and add an official audioguide to your experience. Show your ticket at the door and begin your exploration of one of the most famous archeological sites in the world. Audio guides can only be picked up and returned at the park's official audio guide desk in Porta Marina Superiore. 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. Please note: this ticket does not include access to Suburban Villas (Villa dei Misteri)

Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

3. 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. Enter the city at Porta Marina Superiore, one of the ancient city’s 7 gates and 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.

From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

4. 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.

From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

5. From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

Hop aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus and start your journey down to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pompeii. Upon arrival at Pompeii, breeze past the long lines with your Skip-the-Line ticket. Enter a time capsule of the ancient Roman world. Let your local expert guide give you a tour of these marvelously-preserved ruins. Go to Positano, where the houses tumble down the hillside and stroll among the boutique stores. Purchase some of the local limoncello liqueur, visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta or people watch from a restaurant terrace. After some free time and lunch (own expense) in Pompeii, continue further south along the picturesque seaside roads of the Amalfi Coast. Marvel at the spectacular coastline as the mountains cascade into the sea and romantic villages climb up the mountains.

From Naples: Pompeii Half-Day Tour

6. From Naples: Pompeii Half-Day Tour

See Pompeii's most intriguing points on this half-day tour from Naples. Visit the famous archaeological site in the company of a guide on a VIP small group tour, a small group tour, or a regular group tour. Choose between a morning or afternoon tour and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus as you make your way from Naples to Pompeii. Upon arrival, discover this well-preserved Roman city with paved streets, luxurious villas, and temples. Feel the presence of ancient Romans. Visit the thermal baths, theaters, forums, and the famous Vetti’s house and “Lupanare." See natural body casts, preserved by volcanic ash nearly 2,000 years ago. The visit lasts for about 2 hours before heading back to the drop-off point.

From Rome: Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Day Trip with Lunch

7. From Rome: Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Day Trip with Lunch

Immerse yourself in the essence of ancient Italy with our stress-free day trip from Rome to Pompeii. Travel in an air-conditioned private bus, accompanied by an English-speaking tour leader. Bypass the queues and gain direct access to one of Italy's most iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Your personal archaeologist will lead you along the ancient streets, unlocking the secrets of Pompeii's preserved homes, baths, food stores, and outdoor theaters. Unlike a museum, here you'll step directly into the heart of ancient life. Savor a delightful lunch at a spectacular restaurant, offering panoramic views of Naples' bay, the Amalfi Coast, and nearby islands. Indulge in a traditional pizza, perfectly complementing the regional flavors. Your lunch experience includes an appetizer and a dessert, ensuring you're fueled for the adventures ahead. Continue your journey with an ascent to Mt. Vesuvius, an active volcano boasting breathtaking views of Capri and Sorrento. At Vesuvius, you can choose between an invigorating hike to the renowned crater or opt for a more leisurely naturalistic walk alongside a professional geologist, revealing the hidden wonders of the Vesuvius landscape.

From Naples: Pompeii and Vesuvius Guided Day Trip with Lunch

8. From Naples: Pompeii and Vesuvius Guided Day Trip with Lunch

The Tour starts at the entrance of the Starhotels Terminus, in Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi 91 where you will meet your Tour leader You will first climb up to a height of 1000 meters to admire the grandeur of the Vesuvius crater and a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Naples. Upon reaching the crater, a local guide will provide you with some tips about the history of the volcano. At the end of this walk, you will have a break for lunch and then you will reach Pompeii: here you will experience the ancient local lifestyle and follow the pathways of the archeological site. You will take a leap into history and explore the city, buried in 79 AD by the eruption of the Vesuvius: a local guide will take you through the history of the ancient city including baths, bakeries, theaters, fresco paintings, and mosaics At the end of the visit, you will come back to Naples at the same meeting point  

From Naples or Sorrento: Pompei Half-Day Tour

9. From Naples or Sorrento: Pompei Half-Day Tour

Explore the ruins of Pompeii with skip-the-line entrance tickets and learn about life there before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. See what remains of the markets, Forum, thermal baths, and more. Choose from a list of designated pickup points of departure and travel by a comfortable vehicle to Pompeii on this half-day tour. Explore the ancient ruins of this famous Roman town. Once at the archaeological site, skip the lines and follow your tour guide to the most interesting places, such as the Forum, the thermal baths, the luxurious House of the Vettii and the Lupanar, or a famous brothel. Learn about the settlement of the ancient Greeks in the area in the 8th century B.C. and how Pompeii became a flourishing resort for Rome’s most distinguished citizens, with elegant houses and elaborate villas lining the paved streets. See the ruins of the factories and artisan shops, taverns, cafés, and bathhouses where tourists and townspeople once bustled in and out of, along with the 20,000-seat arena and open-air marketplaces. Enjoy some leisure time to explore the Archaeological Park of Pompeii on your own before your return trip to Sorrento or Naples.

Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket with App Audio Guide

10. Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket with App Audio Guide

Strolling through the ancient and original Roman streets you will visit elegant domus, the theaters, the lupanare, the thermae, the stores, and then arrive at the scenic forum, where it will be possible to admire the casts of some victims of the eruption. You will find out how the ancient Romans lived and entertained, where they spent their leisure time, and many interesting anecdotes about the city and the eruption of Vesuvius. A day before the tour our team will contact you via whatsapp or via email: we will send you the tickets and all the informations you need. Be sure to download on your smartphone all the contents before the visit. The ruins and museums don't have free Wi-Fi and mobile network coverage is not always good. Reservations arriving after 6 p.m. will be processed the following morning after 8 a.m.

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Pompeii + Sorrento is a perfect combo for a day trip from Rome. You’ll get history, gorgeous views, and great food/drink. Paula and Andrea were professional and kind and made our trip very smooth. Thank you for working hard to give us a great day! Sasha was a knowledgeable and entertaining guide at Pompeii. You absolutely get your money’s worth. Highly recommend.

The day was fantastic. Could not fault the day/tour/guides/driver/food. Was worth every penny and would highly recommend the activity. We stopped for a surprise at the limoncello shop too and was amazing. Thank you for such a great experience.

Enjoyed the knowledge and friendly personality of our guide Mara. She is a credit to your company. From getting onto the coach to returning she was so helpful and every enquiry/question was answered with a smile.

Our tour was with Roxanna and she was absolutely captivating. He knowledge and enthusiasm were amazing. We learnt so much in two hours. Would absolutely recommend this tour.

We are a family of 4 so it is pricy, though very well organized and beautiful, we enjoyed the day.