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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. Let the activity provider know in advance if you wish to be dropped back in Naples if you departed from Sorrento or vice versa.

Pompeii: Guided Walking Tour With Entrance Ticket

3. Pompeii: Guided Walking Tour With Entrance Ticket

Skip the lines and explore the ancient city of Pompeii on a guided walking tour. Learn about daily life and the people who once lived there. Visit important buildings, including the Forum and the Thermal Baths. Get ready to explore the excavation site where, gradually over the last few centuries, the Ancient Roman town has been uncovered. Many of its landmarks are remarkably well-preserved after being buried by volcanic ash for nearly 2 millennia. On this walking tour, you will discover what everyday life was like for a Roman in the town and you will see the Forum, the Thermal Baths, Lupanare, and even streets with shops displaying signs selling produce including wine. With the help of a professional guide, you will learn more about the history of this town and what happened on that day in 79 AD when the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

4. Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

Experience an unforgettable shore excursion from Naples including a group tour in Pompeii and Herculaneum led by an expert Archaeologist guide. See the major highlights. First, get picked up from Naples Central Station. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to Pompeii in a modern minivan with a maximum of 8 people. When you arrive, benefit from skip-the-line entry and then take a pleasant walk around the ancient Roman city. Learn about how the area was buried by the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.  As you walk, learn about the history of the town and how the Romans lived. See all the most important public buildings and private houses on a 2-hour walk. Highlights include the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the Forum Baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the Bakery, the House of Faun, the Termopolium Capuano, the House of Tragic Poet, and the plaster casts. Then, after a 1-hour lunch in downtown Pompeii, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to Herculaneum for another 2-hour guided tour. Once again, enter with skip-the-line tickets, and see how Herculaneum is much smaller but better preserved than Pompeii. See how whilst Pompeii was covered by 4 to 5 meters of ashes, Herculaneum was buried under a landslide of 20-meter deep mud. During the tour, discover carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings, and mosaics which are still preserved. Highlights include the Temple of the Augustali, the beach where more than 300 skeletons were found, the Thermal Baths, the Forum, the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, the Samnite House, the Gymnasium, the House of the Dears, and much more. Finally, get dropped off back at the train station in time for your onward departure.

Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius Tour

5. Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Following your tour pickup, you will make your way south to explore the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Stroll through the streets of the Roman city of Pompeii and check the numerous different UNESCO archaeological sites, such as the Herculaneum. Both archaeological sites feature the excavated ruins of alleyways and homes where you are free to explore. These locations are also fascinating in that archaeologists are still continuing to unearth the remains of a place forever locked in time. Following your exploration of the ruins, drive up to Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that destroyed Pompeii 2,000 years ago. You can stop to enjoy the view of the Bay of Naples from the top, as you enjoy a delicious lunch. If you are a hiking and history lover, this Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius tour is all you need.

From Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius Tour

6. From Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius Tour

Discover Vesuvius with fast-track tickets to the Pompeii archaeological site and take in the views of Mt. Vesuvius with a guide. Head to a vineyard to taste regional wines and enjoy a light lunch. Be picked up from your accommodation in Sorrento and make your way to the ruins of Pompeii. Explore the city buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD and learn the history behind each turn. Continue to a local vineyard and savor the flavors of regional wine. Regain your strength with a light lunch before boarding a bus to Mt. Vesuvius in the early afternoon. Ascend to 1,000 meters on Mt. Vesuvius. Once on the rim, meet an alpine guide and learn about the history and geology of the crater. Take in the breathtaking views over the Gulf of Naples before being returned to your accommodation.

2-Hour Pompeii Child-Friendly Tour

7. 2-Hour Pompeii Child-Friendly Tour

Your guide will focus on your needs and attention and, with the use of tablets, reconstructions and multimedia material, you will surely have the best Pompeii experience ever. This is a great family tour including the highlights of the ancient Pompeii: the Marina Gate, the basilica (court house), the forum (main square) with market temples and municipal buildings, the Stabian Baths, the bakery, the House of Menander, the theaters, the plaster casts and much more with the use of a tablet and multimedia material for children. The meeting point will be at the the main entrance of the Pompeii ruins which is called Porta Marina Superiore.

Pompeii: Augmented Reality Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

8. Pompeii: Augmented Reality Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Gear up in AR Glasses and enjoy a unique, innovative, and immersive augmented reality tour of the archaeological site of Pompeii. Step into a different time and see what Pompeii was like before it fell to ruins through the power of AR. Meet your tour leader and learn about the itinerary and how to easily use your AR glasses. All itineraries and reconstructions have been developed by a team of archaeologists and experts to show how life in Pompeii was before the eruption. Watch as your AR glasses create holograms that overlap the existing ruins, showing how the most significant temples, houses, squares, theaters, and buildings were before the eruption of 79 A.D. (augmented reality) compared to now (reality).

From Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Tour and Vineyard Lunch

9. From Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Tour and Vineyard Lunch

Leave the hustle and bustle of Sorrento behind and head to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, get skip-the-line entry and enjoy a guided tour. Visit a vineyard, learn the process of wine tasting, eat a delicious 3-course lunch, and enjoy wine tasting. Start your day with a pickup from your accommodation. Jump in the car, relax and enjoy the ride. Enjoy a skip-the-line ticket to the old town of Pompeii, one of the world's most important historical sites because of how volcanic ash preserved the city and its people. Walk through the ancient streets and learn all the history and culture from your guide. Get an insight into Roman life in the town over 2,000 years ago. Feeling thirsty? No worries, your next stop is a traditional winery. Discover the wine production process and admire the epic views. Tuck into a 3-course meal and enjoy tasting Sorrento wines to wash it down.

From Sorrento: Day Trip to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

10. From Sorrento: Day Trip to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

Experience what life was like for the Ancient Romans as you embark on a captivating exploration of the ruins of Pompeii, on a day trip from Sorrento. Admire the remarkably well-kept remains of Roman temples, baths, shops, theaters, and villas, destroyed during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Take your trip to new heights as you trek to the peak of Mount Vesuvius, and absorb incredible views across the national park and the Gulf of Naples from over 1000 meter altitude. Return comfortably to your destination in Sorrento.

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What people are saying about Amphitheater of Pompeii

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4.5 / 5

based on 25,878 reviews

We had a great day at Pompeii, our guide Vito was knowledgable, charismatic and organized. We were lucky that both Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius didn't have super long lines so we did not have to wait long to go into many places. We visited Pompeii first because there tends to be fog at the top of Vesuvius which was a good plan because we were able to get a great view at the top of the mountain later in the afternoon. Make sure to bring water bottles and a hat when visiting since there is not much shade in both areas. Wear proper shoes for hiking up the mountain, while it is short it is steep and on a dirt/rocky road. Would not recommend getting the option with lunch included as the pre fixe menu is limited and I did not enjoy it however, there are other options in Pompeii with similar pricing (or you can pay 16 euros to get the pre fixe once you're there) Thank you for a wonderful day Vito!

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.

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!

Good organization, correct price-quality ratio. Guide always helpful, clear!

An amazing tour, that really brought the experience to life