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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

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

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

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

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.

Villa of the Mysteries
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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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 12,551 reviews

An interesting guided tour of some of the main attractions in Pompeii

I just had a few hours in Pompeii so wanted to make the most of my time there. A guided tour seemed like the best way to cover a lot of territory in a short period of time. Sergio Pisco was my guide and he was engaging, informative and enthusiastic throughout, despite the oppressive heat!

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This tour fulfilled my desire to see Pompeii & the Amalfi coast.

Very small group of 4 so we had the guide's attention to ourselves. He was a local and had insight on the history of the area. He was also prompt and very accommodating.

Literally my favorite thing we did in Italy

Anna was an amazing tour guide. She fielded tons of questions. Gave an amazing tour. And even stayed 40 minutes extra to so us some stuff on her own time. So amazing.

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Giancarlo was the best tour guide we have ever had!

I’ve been to Pompeii many times and compared to other tour guides, Giancarlo was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and full of interesting details. If we had to do it again, we would ask for him by name. It was remarkable that he was able to speak almost nonstop for three hours! We found it disappointing that we could not detach ourselves from other groups - one particular group of schoolchildren were tracking our journey, and their noise and chaos was quite distracting and frequently interrupted our ability to hear what Giancarlo was saying. At the end, we wanted to give Giancarlo a tip, but no one else had, and we thought that perhaps it was not expected or encouraged. If that’s the case, that’s a pleasant surprise; if not, we apologize that we weren’t more forward in putting a few extra euros in G’s hands.

Pompeii Ruins Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour Reviewed by

Fascinating tour that made history come to life.

We enjoyed our afternoon with our guide so very much. She was extremely knowledgeable about all things Pompeii and told the story of what happened at Pompeii in a fascinating and interesting way. She answered all our questions and moved the tour along at a good pace. I would highly recommend this tour. Without it, Pompeii would still have been amazing but we would not hve understood what we were seeing nearly as much.

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