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pompeii 2hour smallgroup tour with an archeologist

Pompeii: 2-Hour Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

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Discover the ancient city of Pompeii on a 2-hour small-group tour led by an archeologist. Get priority entrance and explore the famous excavations…

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Attractions to See in Pompeii

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
Photo: Pompeii - House of the Menander

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
Photo: Pompeii - House of the Vettii

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
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?
    Sunday-Thursday, 8:30 AM-9:00 PM
    Friday-Saturday, 8:30 AM-11:00 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • 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 15,700 reviews

Great small group experience with musical guide

The Easy way to experience Pompeii and Vesuvius if you want a comfortable door to door tour. The clean modern mini bus was on time with a sensible driver. The group was only six on this day although we joined seven others for the Pompeii tour with an experienced knowledgeable local guide. All the entry fees were included as was a delicious pizza lunch. There was some confusion over the “wine tasting” which others in the group did get. We thought this was a separate experience on the way home but it turned out to be three tiny tastes with a different three course lunch selection. We thought we had had the best of it as the Vesuvius walk would have been even harder with the big lunch. On our way home our happy bus group sang along to some opera then listened to our guides band singing their own compositions (they were very good) A great choice of provider for this tour for those looking for a well organised day. Thank you Matti (guide) and Jacamo (driver) .

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It's a MUST DO for Rome, don't miss out!

Chiara was an exceptional tour guide, we loved her! She was humorous, personable, and had many, many interesting facts about the history of Italy and the geographical significance of the regions. She shared her love of Italy with us and gave us insider information on what locals in Rome like to do. I could have walked Pompeii for 4 hours! Our guide, Arianna, was highly educated on the history and facts of the city. She was protective of us as a group and took us to see the best parts of the massive ruins. This is a Must Do with City Wonders tours!

Brilliant day, well organised ticket and audio collection.

We decided against organised trips as they all appeared to spend only 2 or 3 hours at Pompeii, getting the train from Sorrento was easy and we spent over 6 hours in Pompeii. The Audio guides were informative and easy to use. There were also longer talks for additional background, ideal for rest stops in a shady corner.

Excellent tour - Ugo our guide brought Pompeii to life

Excellent tour. Our guide Ugo was FULL of information. He really brought Pompeii to life, pointing out things that I would not have seen only for him. He took it at a nice pace as it was really hot. He was very aware of the group requirements and kept us out of the direct sun where possible. Couldn't fault it.

Wonderful day on the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii

Wonderful day with Massimo Lorenzo and Francesco touring the Amalfi coast and Pompeii if you are short on time and only have one day this is a great way to see them both. Ideally you should spend days on the Amalfi Coast and at least one or two days at Pompeii as there is so much to see.

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