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Pompeii: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

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

Skip the line and explore one of Europe's most important archeological sites together with a professional guide. Stroll through the ancient streets and learn about the daily life of those who lived in the ancient city prior to the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. See the buildings and structures that were 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

2. 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.

From Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius Tour

3. From Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius Tour

Discover Vesuvius with fast-track tickets to the Pompeii archaeological site and take in the views of Mt. Vesuvius with a guide. Head to a vineyard to taste regional wines and enjoy a light lunch. Be picked up from your accommodation in Sorrento and make your way to the ruins of Pompeii. Explore the city buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD and learn the history behind each turn. Continue to a local vineyard and savor the flavors of regional wine. Regain your strength with a light lunch before boarding a bus to Mt. Vesuvius in the early afternoon. Ascend to 1,000 meters on Mt. Vesuvius. Once on the rim, meet an alpine guide and learn about the history and geology of the crater. Take in the breathtaking views over the Gulf of Naples before being returned to your accommodation.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

4. 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 House of Neptune and Amphitrite, 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.

Naples: Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano Sightseeing Day Tour

5. Naples: Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano Sightseeing Day Tour

The first stop will be Positano. Along the winding roads of the coast and crossing the Monti Lattari you will have the opportunity to admire views otherwise difficult to find. Positano is very famous for its fashion and art stores, stroll through the narrow streets, reach the beach where you can admire the town perched on the mountain that blends with the surrounding landscape and crystal clear waters. Take incredible photos of your vacation. The second stop will be the famous Sorrento. Located in a picturesque position on a terrace overlooking the Gulf of Naples, Sorrento is the most famous town on the Sorrento coast. It fascinates tourists and visitors with its breathtaking views, the landscape of gardens and citrus groves, the marina, the charming old town, an interesting historical and religious architecture. town enjoyable in every season of the year. Stroll through its narrow streets to admire the stores and boutiques of great quality. Finally head explore the ancient city of Pompeii, one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world. Walk through the famous archaeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire the ancient Roman city preserved by the volcanic ash that once covered it. Eventually return to Naples with your driver.

Naples: Highlights City Pass Ticket

6. Naples: Highlights City Pass Ticket

Top attractions and activities included. One digital pass for seamless entry. Flexibility to decide on the day Skip the line Incredible savings. From Pompeii to the National Archaeological Museum of Naples: access to the top attractions with the official tourist pass of the city! For many pass attractions you don't need to book in advance. However, some may have limited capacity, so you'll need to book in advance. Full booking details can be found by clicking on the i in the My Naples Pass section of the individual attractions.

From Rome: Naples and Pompeii Day Trip & Guided Private Tour

7. From Rome: Naples and Pompeii Day Trip & Guided Private Tour

Discover Pompeii along with the highlights of Naples on this fascinating sightseeing tour. Enjoy a small private group with an expert guide along the way. Stop for lunch and try local products as well as Neopolitan coffee. Begin your tour with pickup in an air-conditioned minivan. Your tour will start from Rome, with one break along the freeway for a mid-morning breakfast or snack. The first stop will be at the Pompeii archeological site, where you will be guided by our official guide through the highlights of this intact ancient Roman city. Visit the main areas of Pompeii, like the Macellum (food market), the Thermal Baths, the areas where the Romans would gather to have dinner and wine as well as the homes of wealthy citizens, where you will learn about their customs and traditions. Stop for lunch and a tasting of local products and then visit the wonderful Bay of Naples, where you can admire the beautiful gulf. Taste a good typical Neapolitan coffee, then walk to the city center and then it's back to Rome.

From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Self-Guided Van Trip

8. From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Self-Guided Van Trip

Embark on a day trip from Naples and discover two of the Campania Region's gems: Pompeii and Herculaneum. Sit back and relax as your driver skilfully transports you from one location to the next. Once at each sight, take your own time to discover the ancient Roman ruins at your own pace. Begin your tour by heading to Herculaneum. Here, take some free time to walk around the impressive ruins. Marvel at the ancient thermal baths or the house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite. Then, at the scheduled time, meet your driver to travel to your next sight: the archeological site of Pompeii. Upon arrival, enjoy 3 hours of free time to discover the ancient remains, temples, and villas at your own pace. The historic town was covered in volcanic ash during Mt. Vesuvius' eruption in 79 A.D. Finally, meet your driver and return back to your hotel in Naples.

Mt. Vesuvius , Pompeii , Bosco dei Madici Winery

9. Mt. Vesuvius , Pompeii , Bosco dei Madici Winery

Your Vesuvius experience will begin with you being taken to the parking lot at the peak, where after a 20 to 25-minute ascent you will reach the crater. The entrance is included, along with an internal guide of the volcano who will explain to you all its eruptive history. Following that, you'll stop at Cantine del Vesuvio which is located on the low hills of the volcano and offers spectacular view over the Gulf of Pompeii and Castellammare di Stabia. The program is structured with a guided tour within the 4 hectares of the winery close to the archaeological site of Pompeii, among historical evidences, the vineyards and the elegant structures of the cellar. The tour ends with a tasting of 4-5 types of wine, as well as a traditional Neapolitan light menu with dishes inspired by ancient of Rome. You'll then have 2.5 hours to explore the famous ancient ruins of Pompeii with a professional private guide, upon request. There you can admire the remains of a more than 2,000-year-old Roman town. You can visit the Forum with its public buildings, and will also see markets, a basilica, public thermal baths, houses and characteristic shops, the pistrinum, and the termopolio. Once done, you can walk through the main square of Pompeii and enjoy some shopping or have a fresh drink, before being returned to you pickup location.

From Sorrento: Herculaneum & Pompeii Day Trip with Lunch

10. From Sorrento: Herculaneum & Pompeii Day Trip with Lunch

Discover in one day the amazing sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, both destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 AD. Two sites, two stories, two experiences! So similar yet so very different. An easy lunch on the slopes of the magnificent Vesuvius will give you time to marvel at the first site before becoming enchanted by the second! Pick up from your accommodation and transfer by bus to Herculaneum. With a guide you will visit the archaeological park. It is today considered one of the main sites of the Campania Region. Transfer to a typical Vineyard for an easy lunch. In the early afternoon the visit will continue to Pompeii, with its Forum, Amphitheatre and various temples, alongside villas and commercial buildings. Return to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Villa of the Mysteries

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Guided tour of Pompeii was exceptionally interesting, and most informative. Sassa spoke excellent English and brought the fascinating story of Vesuvius' earthquake and the volcanic eruption to life. We walked a considerable distance, well worthwhile in order get to the new section where archeologists; who worked throughout Covid lockdowns; recently uncovered exquisite artwork, floor mosaics and wall murals. Astonishing stuff! It was well worth driving across Italy from coast to coast to get to Ercolano for this experience. Delighted to share that we were apparently the first South Africans to visit Pompeii post 2020. Don't miss this marvelous tour!

Daniela was the most wonderful guide - incredibly knowledgeable as an archaeologist she knew everything there was to know about Pompeii and answered everyone’s questions. Even when she was being asked the same ones repeatedly! Friendly, helpful and funny, she was very engaging to listen to. Myself and my friend, Julia, absolutely loved the tour. Thanks Daniela!!

Having been to Pompeii once before, I was not expecting to be as impressed as I was by this tour. It was only two hours, but out tour guide spoke so quickly (but with perfect clarity) that I feel like we got 4+ hours of information! These are professionals, I highly recommend!

very interesting visit of Pompeii, wine tasting and meal a little long mounted on Vesuvius exceptional, tasting and meal a little long

Loved the tour. Take plenty water as if it’s a really hot day and it’s likely to be, you will need it.