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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

Completely wonderful- we were engaged the whole time! Thanks, Roberta!

Perfectly tailored tour our 9 & 10 yr old girls. We had a fantastic time, and learned so much, without it feeling like school!

Pompeii for Kids 2.5-Hour Guided Tour Reviewed by Nancy, 02/21/2017

Excellent guide . So much better than going to Pompeii on your own !

So much extra knowledge and an easy well organised day! I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend the tour . Our guide was phenomenal ! Starting at the station was so much easier too!

Pompeii: Half-Day Excursion from Naples or Sorrento Reviewed by Virgini, 02/17/2017

Lello our guide was amazing, he brought Pompeii back to life!

The tour was amazing, Lello is an archeologist who has an in depth knowledge of Pompeii and it's serroundings. I would recommend you ask for him when booking the tour as his lighthearted comments are enjoyable and educational.

Ancient Pompeii Private Skip-the-Line Tour Reviewed by Leon, 01/11/2017

Miguel was a wonderful guide and the scenery was breathtaking!

We were staying in Rome and took a train to the Naples Central Station to take this tour. The tour bus was waiting right across the street. This tour stopped at a couple of fun surprise locations that we were not expecting, but made the tour more enjoyable: the Limoncello factory and Almalfi. I'm glad Miguel led us through Pompeii so we could learn the history of the different locations. I would highly recommend this tour!

Great tour, with experienced and knowledgeable guides

The tour was very good. Well organized, the guides were very knowledgeable and fun at the same time, everything went smoothly and we were not late at any point.

Pompeii Full-Day Trip From Rome Reviewed by Leonardo, 12/31/2016

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