Guided tour

Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

Activity provider: Askos S.r.l.

Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

Activity provider: Askos S.r.l.
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Discover Pompeii with an archaeologist on a small-group or private tour. Skip the ticket line and explore the excavations while listening to anecdotes.

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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
French, Italian, German, Spanish, English
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an expert archeological guide
  • Choose from either a small-group or private experience
  • Beat long waiting times with skip-the-ticket-line access
  • Visit highlights such as the Great Theater and Forum
  • Appreciate preserved frescoes, artwork and mosaics up close
  • Discover the history of the ancient city of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Guided tour by an archeologist
  • Entry ticket to Pompeii
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access
  • Headsets for listening to the guide (available for groups of 16 or more)
  • Freedom to explore the archeological site on your own after the tour
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Water

    Not allowed

    • Smoking
    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • Shared group and private options do not always offer the same languages. Please check all languages of interest to find your preferred option type
    • There may be slight variations in the itinerary due to overcrowding or temporary closure
    • A free cloakroom service is located next to the Porta Marina Superiore entrance (subject to availability)
    • This tour is not recommended for travelers with mobility issues or impairments, because of the steps and ramps, and little steep climb
    • Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult
    • Dogs larger than 5 kg are not allowed on the site
    • Large backpacks, bags or umbrellas, and other bulky items are not allowed on the site (maximum 30 x 30 x 15 cm)
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 3360 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.6/5
    • Service
      4.9/5
    • Organization
      4.8/5

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    We found the tour to be a great introduction to our visit to Pompeii. Our guide, Tony, had a lovely balance of sharing facts, anecdotes and comedy and the two hours flew by. He was also able to answer all of our questions and direct us to where we might want to go when the tour finished. After that, we were free to continue exploring the city - which is a sprawling maze of streets. Pompeii is definitely worth a visit, even without the tour, although we found the information from our tour guide added a lot of value to understanding what we were seeing and how life would have been back then.

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    January 29, 2023

    Our guide Paolo was really nice and knowledgeable. The tour pace was good, without rushing (photography lovers will appreciate) and we visited the most interesting spots of Pompeii (i went around the ruins after the tour and the other places were really not as interesting). Despite approx. 2 hours walking around Pompeii up and downhill and up/down stairs, thanks to the adequate pace of the tour, people in the group (including elders) did not seem to feel tired and there was no difficulty to accompany. The group was not small. We had 18 people. This was not an issue to me at all, but i can see how some customers might feel like this is false advertising. So, maybe just don’t name it as “small group”.

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    January 21, 2023

    Beautiful visit! Nello is very well prepared and in addition to being engaging in the explanations of the tour, he also answers questions and curiosities exhaustively. I also appreciated that the visit to the excavations focused not only on some of the most significant and well-known monuments, but also on the more unpublished areas that have just been opened to the public after their restoration. Good job!

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    January 15, 2023

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