Villa of the Mysteries

Villa of the Mysteries: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Naples: Skip-the-Line Pompeii and Vesuvius Tour

1. From Naples: Skip-the-Line Pompeii and Vesuvius Tour

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.

Pompeii: Fast Track Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

2. 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.

Pompeii: Archeological Site Entry Ticket

3. 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.

From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

4. 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: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

5. Pompeii: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Embark on a guided walking tour in Pompeii and enjoy skip-the-line tickets to see the ancient archaeological site. Listen as your guide tells you about the history and architecture of this old Roman city. Skip-the-line and explore one of Europe's most important archeological sites with a guide. Choose from a private or group option and stroll through the ancient streets to learn about the daily life of those who lived in the ancient city before the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. See the buildings and structures essential to civic life in Roman times, such as the new Antiquarium, the Basilica, the Forum, the thermal baths, and the Theater. Observe what remains of commercial and residential neighborhoods, including a bakery and typical housing blocks.

Pompeii: Guided Walking Tour With Entrance Ticket

6. Pompeii: Guided Walking Tour With Entrance Ticket

Skip the lines and explore the ancient city of Pompeii on a guided walking tour. Learn about daily life and the people who once lived there. Visit important buildings, including the Forum and the Thermal Baths. Get ready to explore the excavation site where, gradually over the last few centuries, the Ancient Roman town has been uncovered. Many of its landmarks are remarkably well-preserved after being buried by volcanic ash for nearly 2 millennia. On this walking tour, you will discover what everyday life was like for a Roman in the town and you will see the Forum, the Thermal Baths, Lupanare, and even streets with shops displaying signs selling produce including wine. With the help of a professional guide, you will learn more about the history of this town and what happened on that day in 79 AD when the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

7. Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

Experience an unforgettable shore excursion from Naples including a group tour in Pompeii and Herculaneum led by an expert Archaeologist guide. See the major highlights. First, get picked up from Naples Central Station. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to Pompeii in a modern minivan with a maximum of 8 people. When you arrive, benefit from skip-the-line entry and then take a pleasant walk around the ancient Roman city. Learn about how the area was buried by the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.  As you walk, learn about the history of the town and how the Romans lived. See all the most important public buildings and private houses on a 2-hour walk. Highlights include the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the Forum Baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the Bakery, the House of Faun, the Termopolium Capuano, the House of Tragic Poet, and the plaster casts. Then, after a 1-hour lunch in downtown Pompeii, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to Herculaneum for another 2-hour guided tour. Once again, enter with skip-the-line tickets, and see how Herculaneum is much smaller but better preserved than Pompeii. See how whilst Pompeii was covered by 4 to 5 meters of ashes, Herculaneum was buried under a landslide of 20-meter deep mud. During the tour, discover carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings, and mosaics which are still preserved. Highlights include the Temple of the Augustali, the beach where more than 300 skeletons were found, the Thermal Baths, the Forum, the Samnite House, the Gymnasium, the House of the Dears, and much more. Finally, get dropped off back at the train station in time for your onward departure.

From Rome: Round-Trip Transfer to Pompeii and its Ruins

8. From Rome: Round-Trip Transfer to Pompeii and its Ruins

Benefit from round-trip transportation to the archeological ruins of Pompeii from Rome. Discover the rich history of Naples, explore Vomero HIll, and enjoy the drive to Mount Vesuvius. Once there, explore Pompeii on your own, before driving back to Rome. Enjoy pickup in Rome and begin your journey towards Naples in an air-conditioned bus. Learn all about why this city is famous, and immerse yourself in its rich history, art, culture, and gastronomy. Explore Vomero hill, and look out over Naples all the way to the Sorrento Peninsula. Look out over the skyline, and witness how it has been dominated by the majestic and still active volcano Vesuvius. Take photos of the stunning landmark and revel in its history. Next, drive down towards the port of Mergellina, and travel towards the volcano and the town of Pompeii. Upon arrival, explore this UNESCO World Heritage site at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Walk along the ancient streets of the well-preserved ruins for a glimpse into the lives of ancient Romans. In the afternoon, join the tour leader at the meeting point and relax on the return journey to Rome.

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.

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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4.4 / 5

based on 21,250 reviews

Great communication before trip, told when to expect to be picked up in front of the hotel and reassured we would be dropped off in same place at end of outing. Our guide Francesca was fantastic! Witty, well-informed, answered questions each person had throughout the visit. She walked us through specific sites and explained each one before and during, with time to get pictures. The entire visit was informative and paced well. I knew going into it that I was at a disadvantage, some issues that can slow me down on some days and unfortunately this was one of those days. With my usual self-supports (braces, cane, supportive partner!) it went just fine and I kept up. Those who find uneven surfaces challenging, be prepared with appropriate footwear and a cane or similar for steadying yourself. Only negative was the return: had to walk quite a long distance to the waiting bus, then it dropped us off a fair distance from our hotel. We chose this tour because of hotel pick up/drop off.

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!

Have to show the voucher and get the ticket from the gate right away The audio guide location is next to the gate .

Watching snippets of old life and the volcano was a beautiful day. I love it

Awesome tour guides, very organized. Great excursions.