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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.

Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

2. Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Explore the world-famous Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius on a guided day trip starting from Naples or Sorrento. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Pompeii and admire the Bay of Naples from Vesuvius’ summit. Start at Pompeii, where you can skip the ticket line before your guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your guide, inspect well-preserved ruins, artworks, mosaics, and frescoes, including the Roman Forum, and Temple of Apollo. Even glance at plaster casts of people in the city at the time of Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. Exit the archeological site with your guide and visit the surrounding shops and cafes. Choose the lunch option for a three-course meal consisting of a starter, main course, dessert, and one drink. Next up is Mount Vesuvius. Skip the majority of the arduous climb, with your vehicle taking you 1000m up the volcano. From there, step out and make your own way to the crater’s edge on a 30-minute ascent. On the way, you may come across an official alpine guide who can share the volcano’s turbulent history with you. Arrive at the summit where you can enjoy and photograph the unforgettable views over the whole of the Bay of Naples. The day trip ends with a transfer back to Naples or Sorrento.

Naples: Spanish Quarters Underground Guided Tour

3. Naples: Spanish Quarters Underground Guided Tour

Delve into the historic site of Underground Naples with entry and a guided tour. Join an adventure from the Spanish Quarters into the hidden depths of the city. Explore the winding tunnels and pass by the ancient Neapolitan aqueduct. Make your way to the Spanish Quarters to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Enjoy listening to a brief introduction as you prepare to enter the tunnels into Underground Naples. Pass beneath the streets as you learn about the history of the city from its first transformations at the hands of the Greeks to the development of the Neapolitan Aqueduct into an air-raid shelter during the Second World War.

Underground Naples: Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

4. Underground Naples: Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Immerse yourself into a world beneath Naples and witness the city's history unfold on a guided tour. See relics of ancient times, including the Hypogeum Gardens and Emperor Nero's dressing room. Descend 40 meters into the honeycombed underground of Naples and discover its haunting history. See several cavities excavated in the 4th century and used as cisterns for the city's water supply for nearly 23 centuries. Step into the past as you explore air-raid shelters from World War II, the War Museum, and the Hypogeum Gardens, as well as the Greek-Roman aqueduct. Hear the history behind each turn from your guide. Witness the remains of the ancient Roman Theater of Neapolis and see where Nero kept a private dressing room for when he performed shows in Naples.

Naples: National Archaeological Museum Ticket & Pemcards

5. Naples: National Archaeological Museum Ticket & Pemcards

Visit the Naples National Archeological Museum with your day admission ticket and marvel at one of the world’s finest collections of Greco-Roman artifacts. Charles III of Spain founded the museum in the mid-18th century.  The museum hosts extensive collections of Greek and Roman antiquities. The core of the collection comes from the Farnese Collection and includes engraved gems and the Farnese Marbles. You can also see the museum’s best-known collections as well as new displays including the history of coins and the celebrated Secret Cabinet.

From Rome: Round-Trip Transfer to Pompeii and its Ruins

6. From Rome: Round-Trip Transfer to Pompeii and its Ruins

Benefit from round-trip transportation to the archeological ruins of Pompeii from Rome. Discover the rich history of Naples, explore Vomero HIll, and enjoy the drive to Mount Vesuvius. Once there, explore Pompeii on your own, before driving back to Rome. Enjoy pickup in Rome and begin your journey towards Naples. Learn all about why this city is famous, and immerse yourself in its rich history, art, culture, and gastronomy. Explore Vomero hill, and look out over Naples all the way to the Sorrento Peninsula. Look out over the skyline, and witness how is has been dominated by the majestic and still active volcano Vesuvius. Take photos of the stunning landmark and revel in its history. Next, drive down towards the port of Mergellina, and travel towards the volcano and the town of Pompeii. Upon arrival, explore this UNESCO World Heritage site at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Walk along the ancient streets of the well-preserved ruins for a glimpse into the lives of ancient Romans. In the afternoon, join the tour leader at the meeting point and relax on the return journey to Rome.

Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Express Tour by Train

7. Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Express Tour by Train

Leave the city traffic behind and take a train from Sorrento to Pompeii. Save time on your Italian vacation with skip-the-line tickets to the popular Pompeii Archeological Site. Discover this world-famous archaeological excavation site on a guided walking tour.  Meet an assistant at the CIrcumvesuviana train station and get help locating your train. Hop aboard and take in views of the countryside on the ride to Pompeii. Avoid long-wait times with your skip-the-line access to the Pompeii Archeological Site.  Meet your guide and stroll through ancient ruins that have been well-preserved by volcanic ash from the Vesuvius volcano which looms over the town in the distance. Uncover the history of ancient life from your guide. See sights like the market, forum, and lavish villas.  Upon your tour's conclusion, you will be free to return to Sorrento or remain in Pompeii to explore further.

Naples: San Lorenzo Maggiore and Neapolis Sotterrata Ticket

8. Naples: San Lorenzo Maggiore and Neapolis Sotterrata Ticket

Explore the complex of San Lorenzo Maggiore, at the geographic center of ancient Naples, and the subterranean treasures that lie beneath it. See colorful frescoes in the Sisto V Hall, the Gothic charm of the Chamber Hall, and excavated relics in the museum. Marvel at the beauty of the San Lorenzo Maggiore Church and its Franciscan frescoes before gazing at the stunning ceiling frescoes in the Sisto V Hall. Pass through the Cloister and visit Chapter Hall, decorated with a Gothic portal from the late fourteenth century. Then, descend 10 meters underground and discover the ancient ruins of the Neapolis, the old Greek-Roman city which was founded in 470 B.C. Discover the ancient commercial heart of the city, the Macellum (market). End your visit with some time in the museum, which presents a cross-section of the history of Naples from the classical age until the nineteenth century.

From Rome: Day Trip to Pompeii with Lunch and Guide

9. From Rome: Day Trip to Pompeii with Lunch and Guide

Take an amazing journey back in time on this full-day tour to the archaeological ruins of Pompeii: a unique document of Greco-Roman life. Travel through the famous Roman countryside and enjoy incredible views of the Mediterranean, Mount Vesuvius, and countless historic sites. The first stop will be in Naples. This Mediterranean city is famous for its rich history, art, culture and gastronomy. You’ll drive up the Vomero hill for a view over the town which overlooks the bay of Naples and extends from the Sorrento peninsula to volcanic area of Phlegrean fields. The skyline is dominated by the majestic and still active volcano Vesuvius. This is the perfect spot to take photos of this stunning landmark. Driving down towards the port of Mergellina, travel south towards Mount Vesuvius and the town of Pompeii. Stop for a traditional lunch of Neapolitan pizza with a drink before reaching the archaeological site. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Pompeii and enter with skip-the-line tickets. Spend the afternoon exploring this once thriving city that was frozen in time by layers of volcanic ash. Wander through the ancient streets and learn about the history of this place from your guide. After your tour of Pompeii, enjoy the leisurely return trip to Rome.

From Naples: Group Tour to Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano

10. From Naples: Group Tour to Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano

Depart from Naples at the Stazione Marittima or Hotel Ramada and arrive at the impressive open-air museum and archeological site of Pompeii. Travel the panoramic road of the Sorrento coast to it's namesake town. Freely walk through the streets of Positano. Allow your driver to be your guide. Explore the ancient Roman city of Pompeii and learn about it's 2000 year old impressive history and amazing discovery. See a huge clock that stopped in 79 AD, and find out what's guarding a treasure chest on this extraordinary journey through time. Take in the scenery of the Sorrento coast on the way to it's most famous town, Sorrento. Walk the alleys, admire the meticulous woodwork, and indulge in some limoncello or a delicious ice cream while capturing views of the sea. Finish in Positano, the vertical town that looks like a crib. Soak in the views of the vividly colored houses set within the rock. Stroll through the streets at your leisure, browse quaint craft shops, and find yourself a unique homemade keepsake. The driver will be at your complete disposal during the tour, explaining to you onboard the vehicle, everything you need to know about the places you will visit, and once on site, he will give you free time to spend as you like.

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The tour was good and the lunch was really tasty with lots of options and courses. Nancy was great, Maybe just a little longer to stop and look at things in pompeii. Also do know there aren't any toilets at vesuvius so make sure you go before you leave Pompeii! Great day though really enjoyed the tour.

We booked this last minute and it was honestly incredible. So different. Alex was so informative and we all had a great laugh. Really cool to see a city from this perspective and we will definitely recommend it to anyone going to Napoli.

Excellent tour guide. Very funny, engaging and knowledgeable. We'd have wandered aimlessly (and probably got lost) had we been on our own. You can stay as long as you like to see more after the tour is finished which was great.

Tour was fab! Our tour guide Mena was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend a tour guide in Pompei otherwise you wouldn’t know where to go - Pompei is huge! Would definitely recommend get your guide!

It was a very nice day with a perfect and professional team until the end. Nothing to say except a big thank you!