On this guided tour of Pompeii, you can almost touch the past with your hands along with tasting dishes and discovering recipes from the famous chef Apicius.
What to Expect
The sudden eruption of Vesuvius on August 24, 79 AD buried Pompeii under ash and lapilli creating what was rediscovered at the end of the 16th century. However, exploration only began in 1748 under the King of Naples, Charles III of Bourbon, and continued systematically throughout the 19th century, right up to the most recent excavations, restorations and enhancement of the city and its exceptional heritage of architecture, sculptures, paintings and mosaics. The archeological site of Pompeii spreads over hectares (165 acres), 49 of which have already been excavated.
After meeting your guide, head into the ruins of Pompeii and listen to the fascinating story of how this once thriving city was destroyed almost in an instant by the massive amounts of volcanic ash and pumice that erupted from the nearby volcano. As you walk through the Porta Marina, one of the city's original entrances, learn how this place was rediscovered in 1748 and has been in a continual state of restoration ever since. Your guide will describe the Roman city and you'll go inside the most important buildings to see and understand how a Roman citizen lived, loved, worked, played and dined.
After your tour, you'll go to a nice restaurant and relive a unique and unforgettable experience. In this ancient tavern, you will taste and discover the recipes from the famous Roman chef Apicius, prepared as before such as "gustum" of Catone, spicy cheese with herbs, spiced wine and noble white bread flour.
- 2-hour Pompeii ruins guided tour
- Lunch at Caupona Restaurant with an ancient menu
What's Not Included
- Pompeii entrance fee
- Transfer to/ from Pompeii
Local tour operator information point at Pompeii Ruins Circumvesuviana Train Station.
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