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Pompeii: Entry Ticket and Guided Tour with an Archaeologist

1. Pompeii: Entry Ticket and Guided Tour with an Archaeologist

Join a small group tour, capped at 20 participants, through the captivating ruins of Pompeii, which was buried in 79 AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This 2-hour walking tour is led by an expert archaeologist and a knowledgeable local guide, immersing you in one of the most well-preserved archaeological sites in the world. Discover Pompeii's notable landmarks, such as the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, ancient baths, and the Lupanar (brothel). Be awestruck by the bakery, the celebrated House of the Faun, the Termopolium, the main streets, the poignant Plaster Casts of victims, and the historic Theaters. Your tour will wrap up with invaluable insights from your guide, who will provide excellent recommendations for further exploration of Pompeii's ruins or the contemporary city. This tour is ideal for those eager to gain a comprehensive understanding of this emblematic historical site.

Pompeii: Entry Ticket with Optional Audio Guide

2. Pompeii: Entry Ticket with Optional Audio Guide

Step back in time with this ticket to the archeological site of Pompeii with an optional audioguide. Expereince the thrill of walking down streets that were preserved by volcanic ash. Discover its temples, theaters, elegant villas, and public buildings. Roam comfortably thorugh the site with free luggage storage. Choose between Pompei Express (Only the ancient city of Pompeii, suburban villas not included) and Pompei+ (Ancient city of Pompeii with suburban villas: Villa of the Mysteries + Villa of Diomedes + Villa Regina in Boscoreale with Antiquarium) ticket and add an official audioguide to your experience. Show your ticket at the door and begin your exploration of one of the most famous archeological sites in the world. Audio guides can only be picked up and returned at the park's official audio guide desk in Porta Marina Superiore. On the morning of August 24, AD 79, the Vesuvius eruption took Pompeii's 11,000 residents by surprise. The dramatic event killed the inhabitants and the city was buried beneath ash. Feel the thrill of seeing where Romans picked up lunch in the market place. View the intricate mosaics in the public baths. View Hellenistic places like the House of the Faun. Imagine sitting in the audience at the amphitheater or admire the frescoed Villa of the Mysteries. Stroll to the temples of Venus, Apollo, and Jupiter. Capture picture of the city with Vesuvius looming in the background. Have time to explore the site at your own pace and skip the stress of booking tickets to this popular attraction. Please note: this ticket does not include access to Suburban Villas (Villa dei Misteri)

Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

3. 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. Enter the city at Porta Marina Superiore, one of the ancient city’s 7 gates and 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.

From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

4. From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

Revisit where Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii beneath molten ash on a day trip by minivan or bus. Follow your licensed guide through the remains of this UNESCO World Heritage Site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. Enjoy a local pizza lunch along your route. Hear stories about the Forum, Thermal Baths, the Lupanare, the Greek Theatre, and plaster casts of bodies burnt by volcanic ashes and lapilli. Savor a typical Naples pizza lunch at one of Pompeii’s cafés. Then, be driven close to the mountain's summit that destroyed the city. From there, take a short walk to the lip of the crater and take in the atmosphere of the smoking mountain. Revisit the devastating day in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the Roman city of Pompeii beneath molten ash. On arrival, discover the remains of this UNESCO world heritage site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. It is the only active volcano in continental Europe. Enjoy the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. Return to Naples at approximately 5 PM and be dropped off at your hotel, your cruise ship, or the railway station.

From Rome: Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Day Trip

5. From Rome: Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Day Trip

Travel from Rome to Pompeii in an air-conditioned private bus, accompanied by an archaeologist guide. Benefit from skip-the-line entry and enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city. Throughout the ruins, come across a death cast, a plaster recreation of an unfortunate citizen preserved by the superheated volcanic ash. After visiting Pompeii, drive up the slope of Mt. Vesuvius, one of Europe’s few active volcanoes located in the Vesuvius National Park. From here, take a short hike up to the steaming crater for stunning views of Capri and Sorrento. When Mt. Vesuvius is closed, your tour will follow the coastline and take you to the city of Naples. Explore the iconic Castle Nuovo, the famous art deco Umberto I Gallery, or simply wander around the monumental Plebiscito Square.

From Naples: Pompeii Half-Day Tour

6. From Naples: Pompeii Half-Day Tour

See Pompeii's most intriguing points on this half-day tour from Naples. Visit the famous archaeological site in the company of a guide on a VIP small group tour, a small group tour, or a regular group tour. Choose between a morning or afternoon tour and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus as you make your way from Naples to Pompeii. Upon arrival, discover this well-preserved Roman city with paved streets, luxurious villas, and temples. Feel the presence of ancient Romans. Visit the thermal baths, theaters, forums, and the famous Vetti’s house and “Lupanare." See natural body casts, preserved by volcanic ash nearly 2,000 years ago. The visit lasts for about 2 hours before heading back to the drop-off point.

Naples: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius with Lunch and Wine Tasting

7. Naples: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius with Lunch and Wine Tasting

Experience how the ancient Romans lived and the immense and beautiful Italian landscape on this combination tour of the Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius. See the Forum, the Roman Thermal Baths. Visit the well preserved ruins of ancient shops, bakeries and fast food stores. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the residences of the wealthy class in Pompeii by visiting one of their villas called "Domus." Then, drive to the Mount Vesuvius and hike its slopes with a specialized guide through the natural beauty of pine forests and lush woods and bright yellow flowers. Enjoy stunning views of the Bay of Naples. Enjoy the walk with a guide who will tell you about the geological history of the volcano and its eruptions. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit a vineyard located on Mount Vesuvius, where you can taste local wines accompanied by typical dishes from Southern Italian cuisine. The tour ends back in Naples at around 16:30/17:00 You will be dropped off at the same meeting point you have selected for the pickup.

From Naples or Sorrento: Pompei Half-Day Tour

8. From Naples or Sorrento: Pompei Half-Day Tour

Explore the ruins of Pompeii with skip-the-line entrance tickets and learn about life there before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. See what remains of the markets, Forum, thermal baths, and more. Choose from a list of designated pickup points of departure and travel by a comfortable vehicle to Pompeii on this half-day tour. Explore the ancient ruins of this famous Roman town. Once at the archaeological site, skip the lines and follow your tour guide to the most interesting places, such as the Forum, the thermal baths, the luxurious House of the Vettii and the Lupanar, or a famous brothel. Learn about the settlement of the ancient Greeks in the area in the 8th century B.C. and how Pompeii became a flourishing resort for Rome’s most distinguished citizens, with elegant houses and elaborate villas lining the paved streets. See the ruins of the factories and artisan shops, taverns, cafés, and bathhouses where tourists and townspeople once bustled in and out of, along with the 20,000-seat arena and open-air marketplaces. Enjoy some leisure time to explore the Archaeological Park of Pompeii on your own before your return trip to Sorrento or Naples.

Pompeii: Archaeological Park Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

9. Pompeii: Archaeological Park Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Skip the long ticket lines on this 2-hour guided tour and discover the remains of the Roman city. See ancient ruins, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, leaving the city buried under mountains of volcanic ash. Your guide will take you to see houses and everyday items that were still almost intact when the city was unearthed. Experience this everyday Roman town, almost like it was under the Roman Empire. Highlights include the Roman Amphitheater, small theater, and public gymnasium. See places where the Romans had their fun and held banquets, and discover frescoes frozen in time, and poignant casts of citizens and their pets.

Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket with App Audio Guide

10. Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket with App Audio Guide

Strolling through the ancient and original Roman streets you will visit elegant domus, the theaters, the lupanare, the thermae, the stores, and then arrive at the scenic forum, where it will be possible to admire the casts of some victims of the eruption. You will find out how the ancient Romans lived and entertained, where they spent their leisure time, and many interesting anecdotes about the city and the eruption of Vesuvius. A smart audio guide, directly on your cell phone, will guide you to discover the city's most important archaeological evidence.

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The groups are reasonably sized - if there are more people, it seems the company organizes more guides instead of packing everyone into one. The meeting point was easy to find, the closest entrance to the train station. Personally I found difficult to listen the guide through an earphone so I stayed closer to catch the speaking without it but was still useful when wondered a bit away. Our guide - Andrea - was good, and he was able to answer questions about further historical details. The pace and the quality was also good, the tour lasted a bit over 2 hours. It is sort of difficult to pick the most interesting parts of the ancient city, but he managed to show some real highlights within relatively short time. The only issue that the explanations were often linked to modern life (like references to countries that did not existed that time or American fastfood chains). Be prepared to bring water and snacks in case, but be aware no restrooms on the way. Highly recommended.

We were picked up promptly by out driver Gennaro at 7.30 from our hotel and then drove around Naples picking up other guests, then off to Pompeii. Expert driving around the congested street of Naples! Our tour guide nuncio kept us informed on the journey with a narrative on the road, then in Pompeii we joined a larger group for excellent (if compact- we will need to go back to see the amphitheatre!) walk around. Swift lunch near Vesuvius, and then about an hour and a half to climb to the top (30 minute walk); have a look round and head back to the coach. Home around 4.30. Would thoroughly recommend- slick outfit and excellent guiding. Food (margarita pizza) was as expected, and meal included drink and lemon tart dessert.

We found the tour to be a great introduction to our visit to Pompeii. Our guide, Tony, had a lovely balance of sharing facts, anecdotes and comedy and the two hours flew by. He was also able to answer all of our questions and direct us to where we might want to go when the tour finished. After that, we were free to continue exploring the city - which is a sprawling maze of streets. Pompeii is definitely worth a visit, even without the tour, although we found the information from our tour guide added a lot of value to understanding what we were seeing and how life would have been back then.

It was amazing our guide had all the little details and was able to keep us engaged. It was very personal which was just a cherry on top of an already amazing tour and tour and tour guide.

I am happy that I find this offer: alls 3 top destination in one way. All was underfull, Salvatore one verry good driver+ guide