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Pompeii: Guided Walking Tour With Entrance Ticket

1. 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 Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Lunch

2. 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 & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

3. 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.

Pompeii: Augmented Reality Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

4. Pompeii: Augmented Reality Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Gear up in AR Glasses and enjoy a unique, innovative, and immersive augmented reality tour of the archaeological site of Pompeii. Step into a different time and see what Pompeii was like before it fell to ruins through the power of AR. Meet your tour leader and learn about the itinerary and how to easily use your AR glasses. All itineraries and reconstructions have been developed by a team of archaeologists and experts to show how life in Pompeii was before the eruption. Watch as your AR glasses create holograms that overlap the existing ruins, showing how the most significant temples, houses, squares, theaters, and buildings were before the eruption of 79 A.D. (augmented reality) compared to now (reality).

Pompeii: Private Guided Tour with an Archaeologist

5. Pompeii: Private Guided Tour with an Archaeologist

See dead people, or rather the petrified shapes they left behind during the eruption that rocked the city of Pompeii and its surroundings. Witness moments frozen in time as your archaeologist guide leads you through this Luna Park-like tour of the old Roman city on foot. Listen to your guide and learn hidden secrets and fine details about life leading up to the famous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Get a glimpse of the daily life of Pompeii's ancient inhabitants, including the markets where they shopped. Learn about the construction of aqueducts. Look at the schools where their children studied, the amphitheaters and sporting facilities where they were entertained, and the spas where they bathed. Enter an ancient brothel where erotic murals adorn the walls. See aspects of every walk of life, including the preserved forms of animals.

Mt. Vesuvius , Pompeii , Bosco dei Madici Winery

6. 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 the Amphitheater to the House of the Faun

7. From the Amphitheater to the House of the Faun

Let your archeological guide provide you with an in-depth look into what life was like in Pompeii before the eruption of Vesuvius of in 79 AD. Gain insight into the day-to-day lives of Romans. Strat at the amphitheater and walk along the ancient main street via dell'Abbondanza. See buildings that were essential to civic life in Roman times, like the grand house of Octavius Quartio, the house and Thermopolium (restaurant) of Vetutius Placidus, and the Stabian Thermal bath. Visit the forum, the central point of life in Pompeii. Stroll to the large villa known as the House of the Faun. Listen to your guide tell you stories and facts from the past as you walk.

Pompeii with an Archaeologist, the original

8. Pompeii with an Archaeologist, the original

The ancient Pompeii is the Roman city buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. and it's the best example of a city that will make you know the life of the Romans. During the time spent with an archaeologist you will explore the most important and famous buildings.The tour starts from Porta Marina Inferiore, through the area of the theaters. Then it continues exploring ancient houses with beautiful decorations, as mosaics, frescoes, marbles. You will walk flanked by shops, ancient Roman bakeries, old snack bars, until to reach the public thermal baths, the famous lupanare (the brothel). Finally, never to be missed, the Forum with its public buildings and the plaster casts of the victims.

Pompeii & Virtual Museum Private 2-in-1 Kid's Tour

9. Pompeii & Virtual Museum Private 2-in-1 Kid's Tour

Take advantage of two private tours in one on this kid-approved exploration of Pompeii: tour the archeological site before going on a virtual tour of Pompeii's museum. See how the city was before and after being buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Enjoy skip-the-line access to the archaeological site, then start walking through nearly 2,000-year-old streets. Following your archaeologist guide, delve into the history of this Roman city with a kid-friendly approach. See highlights such as the House of the Vettii, Forum Baths, Temple of Jupiter, House of the Tragic Poet, Amphitheater of Pompeii, and more. At the end of the tour of the archeological site, take part in a unique virtual tour to discover how Pompeii was before the eruption of 79 A.D. Kids will receive some gadgets at the end of the tour.

Pompei: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Archaeologist Guide

10. Pompei: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Archaeologist Guide

We’ll begin in Pompeii. First, you’ll visit the immense Forum, the centre of Pompeii’s political and commercial life. From here you can walk through a dense network of streets. Your guide will then take you to Herculaneum, often described as a jewel of archaeology. A once glamorous town that overlooked the sea, Herculaneum was the holiday retreat for the rich people of Rome. With your expert archaeologist guide, you’ll learn the differences and similarities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Although Vesuvius buried both cities in AD 79, the impact of the disaster wasn’t quite the same. Herculaneum is better preserved than Pompeii. Upper floors of elegant buildings remain standing, which you can see at the Casa del Salone Nero and the Casa Sannitica. You’ll love the beautiful mosaics and charred but extraordinarily intact furniture. At the thermal baths, you’ll learn of the recreational bathing culture and admire fine decorations perfectly preserved. You’ll won’t believe that you’re gazing at life dating back two millennia.

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What people are saying about Villa of the Mysteries

Excellent ! Good organization à la Napoitaine which is part of the experience but everything is done with a smile. Our guide, Stefano, was just perfect. Impeccable French, passionate and defender of the site! He immersed us in the history of the city with facts, anecdotes and lots of humor. 2 hours of site is good and short at the same time. We stayed 5 hours more with my 15 year old son. An unforgettable day !

Very organized. Maria is excellent at keeping group together and very knowledgeable. I felt maybe she was a little overstretch as our group was Italian and English speaking, so she had to say everything twice, but she handled with grace. Herculaneum was better for me and I did feel a little rushed through there. All in all ways excellent .

Fantastic tour. Really fascinating places to visit and Michele the guide was full of knowledge and experience. The day flew by so quickly we were all so engrossed. Very highly recommended and excellent value for money.

Amazing tour guide! Funny and full of information. I think the tour was well paced and we saw a lot without feeling rushed. Would 100% recommend!

We got on very well with Alex, our very prepared guide who gave us a lot of information, telling us the history of this city.