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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.

Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

6. Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Explore the world-famous Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius on a guided day trip starting from Naples or Sorrento. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Pompeii and admire the Bay of Naples from Vesuvius’ summit. Start at Pompeii, where you can skip the ticket line before your guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your guide, inspect well-preserved ruins, artworks, mosaics, and frescoes, including the Roman Forum, and Temple of Apollo. Even glance at plaster casts of people in the city at the time of Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. Exit the archeological site with your guide and visit the surrounding shops and cafes. Choose the lunch option for a three-course meal consisting of a starter, main course, dessert, and one drink. Next up is Mount Vesuvius. Skip the majority of the arduous climb, with your vehicle taking you 1000m up the volcano. From there, step out and make your own way to the crater’s edge on a 30-minute ascent. On the way, you may come across an official alpine guide who can share the volcano’s turbulent history with you. Arrive at the summit where you can enjoy and photograph the unforgettable views over the whole of the Bay of Naples. The day trip ends with a transfer back to Naples or Sorrento.

Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

7. Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

Avoid the long lines of tourists at the ticket office and enjoy skip-the-line access to Pompeii. Benefit from an audio guide service and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace. Learn more about the history of this tragic site from your audio guide's expert commentary. Visit highlights such as the Roman amphitheater, small theater, and public gym. See the places where the Romans lived daily life and held banquets. Discover frescoes frozen in time and moving casts of citizens and their pets on an exclusive self-guided tour that you can customize according to your needs.

Naples: Mount Vesuvius Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

8. Naples: Mount Vesuvius Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

Climb to the top of Mount Vesuvius and enjoy the panoramic views of Pompeii and the Gulf of Naples. Receive a skip-the-line admission ticket and listen to an insightful audio guide to learn more about the mountain on the way up. Upgrade your experience with a bus transfer from Naples. Walk right in with your pre-booked ticket and begin the scenic hike at your own pace. Immerse yourself in local history and hear all about this world-famous volcano as you trek. Take advantage of the informative smart audio guide and enjoy a leisurely trail, perfect for all skill levels. 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.

From Naples: Pompeii Half-Day Tour

9. 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

10. From Rome: Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Day Trip

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.

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What people are saying about Pompei

The weather on the day we went was not very good, but we still enjoyed the experience. Our driver Tony was good, although not very informative. Once we arrived at Mount Vesuvius, we hiked up to the top. It was super windy, but the views were great. It was raining on the way down and the rest of the day. The pizza lunch was very good. We were thankful to eat inside the restaurant. I wasn't sure what it would be like so it was a nice surprise. Getting to explore Pompeii was great! There is not enough time during the trip to view everything, but what we saw was a great experience. Overall, we had a great time!

Sylvia and Bruno were excellent! Sylvia had the best energy and showed us all the panoramas we could dream of and Bruno was so professional we felt secure the entire time he navigated the streets. Would definitely recommend this tour for the sites and the people.

friendly clear guides. Tony was very friendly and created a fun atmosphere. the lady explaining the audio guides was very very clear.

The day was very enjoyable, great pacing and some amazing talking points throughout the whole day. thank you again Giovanni and Lino!

The fantastic guides, the food could be improved. But the visit to Pompeii and its spectacular guide