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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: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

2. 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

3. Pompeii Guided Walking Tour With Entrance Ticket

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. Pompeii: Augmented Reality Tour

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).

Naples: Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano Sightseeing Day Tour

7. 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: Half-Day Pompeii Tour

8. Naples: Half-Day Pompeii Tour

This tour starts from Naples 2 times a day, every day. Pickup will be provided from the main hotels of Naples' city center, as well as from scheduled meeting points. Following 30 minutes of traveling you will reach Pompeii where your archaeological guide will greet you at the parking lot to help you with the purchase of the tickets. Once inside, your guide will provide you with the most interesting facts about Pompeii. They will show you the most important places in the ruins such as the thermal baths, the frescoes of the Lupanare brothel, the Macellum with its “tabernae”, famous workshops, the Basilica, and the House of Faun. You will have the chance to take several photos during brief stops. In case of ongoing maintenance work of some villas or buildings for restoration, the guide will replace the visit with an alternative building. The tour inside the ruins lasts around 1.5 hours, and your exact route will depend on the crowds and weather conditions. At the end of your time in Pompeii, travel back to Naples where your tour will come to an end.

2-Hour Pompeii Child-Friendly Tour

9. 2-Hour Pompeii Child-Friendly Tour

Your guide will focus on your needs and attention and, with the use of tablets, reconstructions and multimedia material, you will surely have the best Pompeii experience ever. This is a great family tour including the highlights of the ancient Pompeii: the Marina Gate, the basilica (court house), the forum (main square) with market temples and municipal buildings, the Stabian Baths, the bakery, the House of Menander, the theaters, the plaster casts and much more with the use of a tablet and multimedia material for children. The meeting point will be at the the main entrance of the Pompeii ruins which is called Porta Marina Superiore.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Basilica, Pompeii

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Angie was amazing. Knowledgeable, friendly, funny, patient and a great story teller. I'd love to go on another trip just to hear her talk. Antonio our driver was lovely. Lillia our guide at Pompeii was very informative. Although it was a long day we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Rest stops were built in and it was possible to buy snacks at the stop. We were able to get lunch at Pompeii, very reasonably priced.

Our driver Francesco was great and the pick ups and drop offs /meeting points were very good. It was brilliant to have Michele the archeologist who has worked on both sites. He was an excellent guide full of terriffic anecdotes and the whole trip was fabulous. We have very many happy memories. It was nice to be in a small group of historical and cultural enthusiasts.

We had an excellent tour with Sasa. It was extremely informative but still relaxed and fun. He was accommodating to adjust the tour to things we requested. A fantastic tour.

We loved the excursion, both the visit to Pompeii (our magnificent guide, Elisa, for her knowledge and friendliness) and the climb to Vesuvius, accompanied by Rita.

Just fantastic!! Really well organised and the guide was both clear, informative and funny!!