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Attractions to see in Pompeii

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.

Amphitheater of Pompeii

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.

Temple of Apollo

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.

Temple of Jupiter

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.

House of the Faun

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.

House of the Menander

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.

House of the Vettii

After becoming freed slaves, the Vettii brothers spared no expense highlighting their ''nouveau-riche'' status, boasting exquisite frescoes and lustrous wall paintings.

Photo: Justin Ennis@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Villa of the Mysteries

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.

Pompeii: Our Tips

Tickets for Pompeii

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.

What are are the opening hours?

Pompeii is open from April to October from 8:30AM to 7:30PM, and from 8:30AM to 5:30PM from November to March.

How do I get there?

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).

When should I visit?

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.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Open 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 there
    Take 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

Great tour with an excellent guide, lot of information and stories.

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.

Best of Pompeii Tour: Unveiling the Buried City Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/15/2016

It has large collection of items found in Pompeii and Herculaneum

The museum has large collection of items from Pompeii and Herculaneum and is worth visiting. These items cannot be found onsite at Pompeii or Herculaneum and the museum does complete your visit of the area. The museum itself could you use some modernisation, but the exhibits are great value for money.

Naples: National Archeological Museum Admission Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/15/2016

Well worth the trip - no regrets, very pleased.

I was picked up at my hotel by the Guide and Driver. Right away I knew I was in very good hands. The tour was informative and they even shared plenty of jokes with me as I was the only one on the tour. Was impressive the amount of added detail that was added. Thank you very much, definately would recomend to others. :-)

Pompeii and Naples Full-Day Tour from Rome Reviewed by Wayne, 11/02/2016

Brilliant, would recommend it to anyone.

The guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable but not boring. Really knew her stuff and kept it interesting, didn't want to see her go after the two hours, should have booked her for all day.

Pompeii Skip-The-Line 2-Hour Private Guided Tour Reviewed by Nigel, 10/31/2016

Huge queue so was great to walk to the front

A massive site that was awesome in places but the audio guide could have been more informative.

Pompeii Priority Entrance Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/28/2016

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