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In 79 AD, torrid volcanic ash and pumice raced down the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and smothered Pompeii to death. Since excavations began in the mid-18th century, the city has yielded a bounty of cultural treasures and insight into the life of the ancient world.

Amphitheater of Pompeii

Built in 80 BC and considered the earliest of its kind in the world, this grand venue hosted gladiator games and seated up to 20,000 fans in three sections based on social class.

Temple of Apollo

Considered Pompeii's oldest religous building, a replica of the bronze statue of the god of prophecy stands poised, as if holding a bow and arrow, amid a row of Corinthian columns.

Temple of Jupiter

Mount Vesuvius looms in the background of the temple dedicated to the Capitoline Triad of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. Romans revered Jupiter as the most supreme of their deities.

House of the Faun

It's one of the largest residences of Pompeii, housing the replica of the famed Alexander Mosaic, which depicts Alexander the Great battling Persian king Darius III.

House of the Menander

This opulent abode with frescoes and mosaics takes its name not from its original owners, the Poppaeus family, but from the striking fresco portraying the Greek poet Menander.

House of the Vettii

After becoming freed slaves, the Vettii brothers spared no expense highlighting their nouveau-riche status, boasting exquisite frescoes and lustrous wall paintings.

Photo: Justin Ennis@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Villa of the Mysteries

Nine painted scenes on the walls of the Initiation Chamber reflect a bride's ceremonial passage into womanhood and the cult of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility.

Our insider tips

Tickets for Pompeii

Admission into ancient Pompeii costs €11, but it's free on the first Sunday of the month. It's not necessary to purchase tickets in advance online, and you can enter at one of three entrances: Villa dei Misteri, Porta Marina and the Anfiteatro. For those who want to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Boscoreale and Stabia, a 3-day pass costs €20.

What Are the Opening Hours?

Pompeii is open from April to October from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM, and from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM from November to March.

How Do I Get There?

The Circumvesuviana departs on the Naples-Sorrento train line every half hour and takes 30-40 minutes to arrive at Pompeii-Scavi - Villa dei Misteri station. The SITA bus operates Monday to Saturday only. It leaves from the Port of Naples and Naples Central Station and stops at Piazza Esedra in Pompeii (entrance to the site from here is at Porta Marina). If you're traveling by car, take the A3 highway (autostrada).

When Should I Visit?

In southern Italy, spring and fall offer pleasant temperatures, while summer is quite toasty. Pompeii isn't small in area, and you should expect to spend a minimum of 2-3 hours exploring. It's best to bring a bottle of water, and don't forget to wear proper shoes and sunblock.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open April to October, 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM and November to March, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult admission starts at just €11 and continues upwards with tour and transportation options.
  • Will I need a guide?
    This site offers so much history, having a guide definitely enriches your visit.
  • How to get there
    Take the Circumvesuviana train to the Pompeii-Scavi-Villa dei Misteri station, or the SITA bus to the Piazza Esedra station.
  • Additional information

    • There is very little shade in this huge area, so make sure you bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.

    • Once inside, concessions are limited, so plan ahead and get food in advance if you need to.

What people are saying about Pompeii

Fun tour! Guide was awesome, knowledgeable, and entertaining!

It was a bit unclear about whether the tour bus itself was picking us up from the described location. Remember to confirm with the guide how you’ll be getting to the tour bus if you’re off the beaten path.

Great way to avoid the tour groups cued everywhere

Great option to avoid standing in line behind the tour groups. Not available at main entrance you need to go to the side or rear entrance

Pompeii Fast Track Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Diane, 17/09/2018

fast and easy entrance on arrival at Pompei, no queing.

We booked the tickets on line whilst in Italy, the tickets were easy to download, we arrived, went to the fast track que with 3 people in it, passing the huge que waiting to buy tickets!!. Our tickets were scanned and in we went, super.

Pompeii Fast Track Entrance Ticket Reviewed by sarah, 16/09/2018

If you haven’t been you must and this tour is also a must

Marilyn was our guide and she was amazing her knowledge was incredible and such good fun going beyond her time. We had a two hour tour and that for us was enough. Worth every penny

Pompeii: Skip-The-Line 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Louise, 15/09/2018

Really great tour by Stefano, small group made it really relaxed

We really enjoyed our tour by Stefano, he provided a great grounding for our visit to Pompeii, with lot's of interesting information but not overwhelming. The communication beforehand via Whats app was really useful. Would definitely recommend.

Pompeii 2-Hour Small Group Tour Reviewed by Cassandra, 14/09/2018

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