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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

Christina was excellent- she makes us feel like family. We love her

Christina and driver if the van are both great! Just a comment on the local pompei guy- he is rude and he complains about almost everything and snaps at all the other tourist - he makes us feel uncomfortable.

Pompeii and Naples Small Group Tour from Rome Reviewed by raymund, 04/15/2019

Excellent - a great overview of Pompeii with ease and comfort!

Superb tour of Pompeii - we had a fella names Paulo ... the "Indiana Jones of Pompeii". We were the perfectly sized group ... 14 people of which we were six. Our group ranged from 10 thru 86 and the tour was at a terrific pace and just enough to understand the life of Pompeii 2000 years ago. We could easily interact with Paulo (our guide) and dictate the style and areas we wanted to explore further ... he was so accommodating! This was the highlight of our trip to Italy ... thank you Paulo! We will return again and find you out for a personal tour!

A fantastic service from start to finish, with lovely wines to Savour!

Transportation is efficient and friendly. The hosts at the winery are do knowledgeable and friendly. We sampled five wines and a grappa, officially, with lovely, freshly-prepared food, but had the option of sampling two additional wines, and could even have enjoyed more. We had an interesting and entertaining tour of the vineyard from Giovanni, and Giusy and he were so attentive at our table. All wines are delicious, and all organically produced. This was our second visit within the year, and I'd more than happily go back in the very near future, (I'd happily go once a week if truth be told...just a shame that the vineyard isn't just around the corner)! Such a pleasurable experience. Alas, more to explore for me in the meantime... However, if you're in and around Naples, Amalfi or Sorrento etc be sure to add this activity to your itinerary...

Probably the best way to visit the Amalfi coast

Our guide (Sabrina) was very friendly and knowledgeable and the driver (Lino) was very professional. We visited Sorrento (which was not listed in the tour description, so we got it as a gratuity, thank you Sabrina and Lino), Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. The lunch was decent and in a nice restaurant in Conca dei Marini with a beautiful view over the coastline. We had approximately 50 min per location for the visit so use your time wisely because it is running out very fast! Be prepared that you will spend half of the tour in the bus but then I cannot think of a better way to experience the Amalfi coast in such a short time. A small tip - if possible, sit on the right side of the bus and enjoy the ride (the views are much more rewarding compared to the left side).

Amalfi Coast Tour-All Inclusive from Naples Reviewed by Nemanja, 04/08/2019

Absolutely amazing and well recommended!

He brought Pompeii to life again for us and entertained us every step of the way, helping us imagine what life was like before 79AD. Despite the rain, we enjoyed every single moment and could not believe 2.5 hours had passed so quickly without realising it. Worth every penny! Keep it up!

Ancient Pompeii Private Skip-the-Line Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 04/08/2019

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