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Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

1. 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. Skip the line when you enter the city at Porta Marina Superiore, one of the ancient city’s 7 gates. 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.

Ercolano: Herculaneum Priority Entrance Ticket

2. Ercolano: Herculaneum Priority Entrance Ticket

Gain instant access to the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum with your priority entrance ticket. Herculaneum was buried under ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD but, unlike the nearby site of Pompeii, a lot of the town was preserved: roofs, beds, doors, food, and even 300 skeletons. Walk the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and get a glimpse of what life was like before the devastating eruption. Marvel at artifacts that have kept their original form for almost 2000 years.  Explore intact buildings at your own pace, see well-preserved frescoes and imagine the daily rituals of those using the shops, public gymnasium, and public swimming baths that can still be seen today. 

Pompeii Ruins Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

3. Pompeii Ruins Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

Walk through the ruins of Pompeii with your small group of maximum 20 people and explore this ancient city, buried by Vesuvius in 79 AD. Learn about one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world on this 2-hour walking tour led by an archaeologist and professional local guide. Visit where the most important public buildings, homes, and shops are located. You will see the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the bakery, the house of Faun, the Termopolium, the main street, the Plaster Casts of the dead, and the Theaters. At the end of the tour, the guide will give you great suggestions on how to spend the rest of the day exploring the ruins or the modern city of Pompeii if you want the best directions.

Naples: Naples Underground Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

4. Naples: Naples Underground Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Enjoy a unique underground experience with the official Underground Naples guided tour. Your guide will take you through 2,400 years of history, from the ancient Greeks to modern times, unveiling the “womb” of Naples from an archaeological, historical, anthropological, and geological point of view. The tour includes a visit to the Greek-Roman Aqueduct, the remains of the Roman Theater, and the Summa Cavea, a new fragment of the Roman theater just brought back to life.  The guide will speak English or Italian, or you can follow the visit in other languages, thanks to the free multilingual app that you can download at the beginning of your visit.  In addition, a brochure in several languages is always delivered in order to follow the visit better. You may also take pictures along the way.

Pompeii: Fast Track Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

5. Pompeii: Fast Track Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

Skip the long lines and discover the remains of the Roman city. See ancient ruins, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, leaving the city buried under mountains of volcanic ash. Take advantage of an audio guide service to see houses and everyday items that are still almost intact. Experience this everyday Roman town, almost like it was under the Roman Empire. Learn more about the history of the town from your audio guide commentary. Visit highlights of the town such as the Roman amphitheater, the small theater, and the public gym. Discover what remains of shopfronts and stores. See frescoes that have been preserved, depicting various scenes of Roman mythology and daily life.

From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

6. 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.

Pompeii: Archeological Site Entry Ticket

7. Pompeii: Archeological Site Entry Ticket

Step back in time with this ticket to the archeological site of Pompeii. 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. Show your ticket at the door and begin your exploration of one of the most famous archeological sites in the world. 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.

Naples: Catacombs of San Gennaro

8. Naples: Catacombs of San Gennaro

Travel back in time and explore the Catacombs of San Gennaro to learn more about the patron saint of Naples. Discover what lies beneath street level as you see stunning frescoes and Byzantine paintings from the 9th to the 10th century AD. Explore the history of the paleo-Christian burial site with an English or Italian-speaking guide. Get explanations about the 4th-century expansion following the transfer of the remains of St. Agrippinus to the underground basilica dedicated to him. See the large baptismal font commissioned by Bishop Paul II, who took refuge in the catacombs in the 8th century during iconoclastic struggles. Get a closer look at the details of the upper catacomb, decorated at the beginning of the 3rd century in the so-called Pompeian style, and now home to some of the earliest Christian paintings in southern Italy. Be amazed by the precious Crypt of the Bishops and its 5th-century mosaics, including one depicting the Bishop of Carthage, St. Quodvultdeus.

Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

9. Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

This tour will take you on a guided visit of the world’s best preserved Roman city, Herculaneum. This was a rich city of merchants and nobility, whose lives ended dramatically fast with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.  See the waterfront, where the remains of more than 300 people lie, who died trying to escape by sea. Explore the Samnite house, the thermal baths, the Temple of the Augustales, and the Forum. Discover the house of Neptune and Amphitrite, the Gymnasium, and much more. During this experience you can see not only stone, marble, and ceramics that survived the eruption, but also carbonized wood, and paintings and mosaics even more exquisite than those found in Pompeii. Learn about life in this city, and the blast that destroyed it, on this 2-hour guided tour.

Pompeii: Archaeological Park Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

10. Pompeii: Archaeological Park Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Skip the long ticket lines on this 2-hour guided tour and discover the remains of the Roman city. See ancient ruins, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, leaving the city buried under mountains of volcanic ash. Your guide will take you to see houses and everyday items that were still almost intact when the city was unearthed. Experience this everyday Roman town, almost like it was under the Roman Empire. Highlights include the Roman Amphitheater, small theater, and public gymnasium. See places where the Romans had their fun and held banquets, and discover frescoes frozen in time, and poignant casts of citizens and their pets.

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My teenage daughter and I had a great day! Our guide Peter, organised this trip very well. All stops were well timed so that we got the most out of this exciting day. We had sufficient time to wander around Positano and its beach, and enjoy amazing colours and views there. We were lucky with weather and traffic. In Pompeii we had an excellent local guide. She used our precious time very efficiently to show us around and tell many facts. Time on the bus passed quickly too. Thanks to our kind and professional coach driver, we had a very comfortable travel. I would highly recommend this trip.

Our tour guide Peter was great, really, he was very knowledgeable about the areas we were going through and seeing, he was very informative about subjects pertaining to the tour, he knows his history. Peter was good about prepping us to know when we would break for food, restrooms etc.. The drive was cumfy in a clean bus and didn’t seem as lengthy as it would seem on paper at all, so don’t shy away from the hours this tour runs, it was fun, didn’t seem heavy at all and there was a really good restaurant at the end of the day drop off point at 2 min walking distance.

This was the best guide! Very friendly and knowledgeable Benedetto took us around the sites of Pompei. We were only nine people in our group compared to many other large groups we saw. We had plenty of time to ask our questions and Benedetto was happy to answer. Highly recommended!

JB and Luigi were excellent at getting us to all the places we needed to be at and for being really friendly and helpful. Hector was a very informative guide for Pompeii ruins. Overall would recommend!

Amazing!! Worth every penny. We learned SO much and our guide, Theresa, was delightful.