Explore the intact remains of the Roman town of Pompeii and climb the mountain that destroyed it. Gaze into the volcanic crater of Mt. Vesuvius, and get panoramic views of the Bay of Naples and Amalfi Coast from its summit.
What to Expect
Travel back in time to a day in 79 AD when the volcanic Mount Vesuvius violently erupted, covering the everyday Roman town of Pompeii in molten ash. This full-day tour from Rome takes you to both sites, interrupted only to enjoy a pizza lunch.
If you partake in this activity between March and October, start with a climb to the summit of Vesuvius. It is a 20-minute walk from the parking area, traveling through soft volcanic ash and pumice. Vesuvius has erupted many times since 79 AD, and lava flows have scarred the sides, stripping away vegetation to leave a visible reminder of the destructive power of nature. But you will be rewarded with stunning views into the crater, where even now steam escapes from its vents. Look too at the panoramic vistas of the Bay of Naples.
If you have chosen to take this tour between November and March, visit the Archaeological Museum of Pompeii instead of Vesuvius.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch break and try some of Naples’s world-famous pizza. Then, drive to Pompeii, nestled in the shadow of Vesuvius. The town was once a sprawling metropolis of shops, luxury residences, restaurants, bathhouses, and brothels. You will walk its streets, following in the footsteps of its residents, some of whom are immortalized in startling plaster casts at the precise moment of their death.
Your guide will provide a historic commentary about the ruins, telling a terrible tale of the day it was destroyed and bringing the remarkable site back to life.
Vesuvius ‘Great Crater’ (March – October only), Archeological Museum of Pompei (November – March), Pompeii excavation site
- All transportation
- Ticket and reservation fees for Vesuvius and Pompeii
- Audio set to hear the guide wherever you are
- Lunch of Neapolitan pizza and a drink
What to Remember
• In rare cases of inclement weather or strikes, the crater of Vesuvius may be closed to visitors. In this case an alternative visit to the Archeological Museum of Pompei will be included, or an alternative of equal value.
• This service ends around 19:30 at the square Piazza del Popolo in Rome.
• The hike up to the crater of Vesuvius is optional and requires a good level of general fitness to complete. The hike is prevalently on soft ground, adequate footwear is recommended. Those who choose may remain at the parking area and enjoy the views.
• Temperatures on the Volcano may be a bit lower than temperatures on the ground, a sweater or light jacket is recommended.
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended.
• Heightened global security may result in delays in getting through security checks at the venue. It is recommended to leave large bags and backpacks at home.