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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.

Pompeii Ruins Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

Pompeii: Reserved Entrance and Guided Tour

4. Pompeii: Reserved Entrance and Guided Tour

Transport yourself back to Roman times on a guided tour of Pompeii. Explore this famous UNESCO World Heritage site with an expert guide. Discover the city preserved by volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius. Start by visiting the Porta Marina Superiore, one of the city’s seven gates. Walk the main streets and wander around the forum, the heart of Pompeii. Admire views of Mount Vesuvius overlooking the city. Discover the baths and temples, as well as a bakery, the great theater, and a brothel. See well-preserved artworks, mosaics, and frescoes throughout the city. Listen to anecdotes and learn about the ancient inhabitants from your guide.

Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

5. Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

Avoid the long lines of tourists at the ticket office and enjoy skip-the-line access to Pompeii. Benefit from an audio guide service and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace. Learn more about the history of this tragic site from your audio guide's expert commentary. Visit highlights such as the Roman amphitheater, small theater, and public gym. See the places where the Romans lived daily life and held banquets. Discover frescoes frozen in time and moving casts of citizens and their pets on an exclusive self-guided tour that you can customize according to your needs.

Naples: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius with Pizza or Wine Tasting

6. Naples: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius with Pizza or Wine Tasting

Experience how the ancient Romans lived and the immense and beautiful Italian landscape on this combination tour by minivan or car of the Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius. See the Forum, the Stabian Baths, a brothel, the House of the Faun, the House of the Tragic Poet, and more. Then, drive up Mount Vesuvius with a volcanologist guide. After visiting Pompeii, take a half-hour break before beginning the second part of the tour. Head off on a drive to the top of Mount Vesuvius through the natural beauty of pine forests and lush woods and bright yellow flowers. Enjoy stunning views of the Bay of Naples. Enjoy a walk with a volcanologist guide who will tell you about the geological history of the volcano and its eruptions.

From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

7. 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.

From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

8. From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

Hop aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus and start your journey down to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pompeii. Upon arrival at Pompeii, breeze past the long lines with your Skip-the-Line ticket. Enter a time capsule of the ancient Roman world. Let your local expert guide give you a tour of these marvelously-preserved ruins. Go to Positano, where the houses tumble down the hillside and stroll among the boutique stores. Purchase some of the local limoncello liqueur, visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta or people watch from a restaurant terrace. After some free time and lunch (own expense) in Pompeii, continue further south along the picturesque seaside roads of the Amalfi Coast. Marvel at the spectacular coastline as the mountains cascade into the sea and romantic villages climb up the mountains.

From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Lunch

9. From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Lunch

Save time with skip-the-line tickets to both Pompeii and Herculaneum on this day trip from Naples. Spend more time exploring the ruins and less time standing in line. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Be picked up from your accommodation in Naples. Sit back and relax as you take in the scenery on the way to Pompeii. Follow your archaeological guide through the heart of this ancient city as they reveal what daily life was like for people in Pompeii. Find out how the buildings, houses, and temples were made with advanced architectural techniques. Stop for a break at an authentic Italian restaurant for a nice lunch before heading to Herculaneum. Let your guide explain why this city is better preserved than Pompeii. See how the villas in Herculaneum still have their doors and how vividly colored the frescos are in the houses. Go to the boat sheds to see the remains of those who had sought shelter from the eruption in the boat sheds.

From Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins and Mount Vesuvius

10. From Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins and Mount Vesuvius

Join a guided day trip from Sorrento and see iconic places like Mount Vesuvius, the Roman city of Pompeii, and more. Travel back in time and know about the history of this Unesco World Heritage Site from your knowledgeable guide.  Upon arrival at Pompeii, your expert guide will take you on a tour through the remains of this UNESCO world heritage site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. Hear stories about The Forum, Thermal Baths, Lupanare, Greek Theater, and plaster casts of the bodies of Pompeii people. Following a typical Naples lunch of pizza at one of Pompeii’s cafés, you will then be driven close to the summit of the mountain that destroyed it. From there, it's just a walk to the lip of the crater. The only active volcano in continental Europe, Vesuvius has erupted many times, but it was the destruction of Pompeii and its surrounding towns that made it the most famous. Climb to the top, and walk around the crater, taking in the atmosphere of the smoking mountain. Enjoy the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. Return to Sorrento, where you will be dropped off at your hotel, the cruise ship, or the railway station.

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We found the tour to be a great introduction to our visit to Pompeii. Our guide, Tony, had a lovely balance of sharing facts, anecdotes and comedy and the two hours flew by. He was also able to answer all of our questions and direct us to where we might want to go when the tour finished. After that, we were free to continue exploring the city - which is a sprawling maze of streets. Pompeii is definitely worth a visit, even without the tour, although we found the information from our tour guide added a lot of value to understanding what we were seeing and how life would have been back then.

This was an amazing tour lead by an extremely knowledgeable and passionate guide names Rosella (she even booked for us, on our request one of her favourite resturants in rome to eat after the trip which was also amazing called Osteria Al Vicolo 9 which i would also 100% recommened). It was wonderful to see the treasures of Pompeii and its museums. The guide provided indepth background info on Ancient Rome and the history on Pompeii. It was wonderful to skip lines and gain to access to everywhere quickly, would 100% recommend.

Matteo the tour leader was very nice and friendly. A thing to note there 2 options. Shuttle service the cheaper one And a guided tour with launch the pricier one. We took only the shuttle service which was okay. You don’t really stop in Naples just run through it in the bus. At Pompeii we were given about 4 hours to explore, to be honest not much to see except a lot of ruins if you’re into it. I thought we were gonna have some free time in Naples.

Tony was an excellent guide. He had extensive knowledge of Pompeii and told us many interesting stories about the history of the city, its citizens, and how it eventually came to be discovered. The pacing of the tour was perfect as well and didn't feel rushed at all.

I really enjoyed this tour with Alfredo, he gave us the context and history behind the ruins and daily life in Pompeii. He’s very friendly and would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit Pompeii.