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Top sights in Naples
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After becoming freed slaves, the Vettii brothers spared no expense highlighting their nouveau-riche status, boasting exquisite frescoes and lustrous wall paintings.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
- 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
My husband & I enjoyed seeing this amazing archeological site with our guide. She spoke English quite well & was very informative, unfortunately I don’t remember her name but I think it was Hillary. I can’t imagine seeing Pompeii for the first time without a tour guide. The site is huge & the guide told us details about each “building”. She gave us information about daily life in Pompeii, the eruption of Vesuvius and many more details about the bath houses, the “Red Light District”, the streets and so on. At the end of the tour we were allowed to stay at the site and see more things on our own. We took the local Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento to Pompeii & met our guide close to the train stop. The directions provided were helpful & easy to follow. The only reason I didn’t rate it 5 stars is because we felt that the guide was at times rushed and didn’t allow enough time to take pictures, we also had to walk fast to stay in the group.
The tour experience is likened to a delizioso tagliolini in aglio olio. The lovely sights are like main ingredients; olive oil, garlic & red pepper flakes coming together in a large pan and Robert is the chef! He is the one that strings all the important pieces together to make this an unforgettable experience for us. Robert is very knowledgeable with all the historical cultures of not only Pompeii but also of Italy. He shared many interesting legends and stories that makes the whole journey so much fun and enjoyable. Robert is also super caring towards everyone in making sure that we’re feeling comfortable and doing alright. His subliminal dark humour is already worth the ticket price for the tour, let alone all the invaluable insights and informations. i would give a 3 thumbs up if i can but last i checked, i have only 2 thumbs just like everyone else...so it’s a 2 thumbs up from me and 2 thumbs up from my wife!
Excellent tour from an archaeologist who worked on the site, lots of information, facts on how the excavations were done and the content and background to what we were actually seeing. It's incredible that this place is so intact after over 2000 years. Guide had brilliant knowledge of the different sites that were along the coast. I must say she was very attentive to us as visitors during what was a very hot spell at 40 deg C making sure during the tour that we had lots of water and broke up the tour by getting us into the shade to cool of. Me and my daughter thought the tour was worth every penny and would do it again when we bring the rest of the family there.
Mikaela B is the tour guide extraordinaire. Approachable, energetic, brilliant fund of knowledge, comfortable presentation for all patrons. Julio has the master driving skills. Everyone felt safe and confident with Julio at the transportation helm. Consideration: condition of bus was poor: dirty windows, interior was very unclean, seats need repair. CityWonder professional staff are too good to be compromised by less than satisfactory facilities.
Roberta was an excellent tour guide who kept the trip fun and informative. The trek up Vesuvius was absolutely fantastic, a once in a lifetime experience. And the trip around the ruins, along with Roberta's audio guide, was extremely interesting and we felt like we learnt a lot. Lunch represented good value for money. I would recommend this excursion to friends and family - thanks for a lovely day.