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Porta Marina, Pompeii, Italy

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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.

Pompeii Ruins Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

2. Pompeii Ruins Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

Walk through the ruins of Pompeii with your small group of maximum 20 people and explore this ancient city, buried by Vesuvius in 79 AD. Learn about one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world on this 2-hour walking tour led by an archaeologist and professional local guide. Visit where the most important public buildings, homes, and shops are located. You will see the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the bakery, the house of Faun, the Termopolium, the main street, the Plaster Casts of the dead, and the Theaters. At the end of the tour, the guide will give you great suggestions on how to spend the rest of the day exploring the ruins or the modern city of Pompeii if you want the best directions.

Pompeii: Archeological Site Entry Ticket

3. Pompeii: Archeological Site Entry Ticket

Step back in time with this ticket to the archeological site of Pompeii. Expereince the thrill of walking down streets that were preserved by volcanic ash. Discover its temples, theaters, elegant villas, and public buildings. Roam comfortably thorugh the site with free luggage storage. Show your ticket at the door and begin your exploration of one of the most famous archeological sites in the world. On the morning of August 24, AD 79, the Vesuvius eruption took Pompeii's 11,000 residents by surprise. The dramatic event killed the inhabitants and the city was buried beneath ash. Feel the thrill of seeing where Romans picked up lunch in the market place. View the intricate mosaics in the public baths. View Hellenistic places like the House of the Faun. Imagine sitting in the audience at the amphitheater or admire the frescoed Villa of the Mysteries. Stroll to the temples of Venus, Apollo, and Jupiter. Capture picture of the city with Vesuvius looming in the background. Have time to explore the site at your own pace and skip the stress of booking tickets to this popular attraction.

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 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.

Pompeii: Ruins Private Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

5. Pompeii: Ruins Private Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Explore the ruins of Pompeii on a 2-hour tour of the Greco-Roman city. Discover the city covered for 1,700 years by layers of ash and pumice from the devastating eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Skip the line, and meet your guide, who will describe a flourishing civilization, brought to life by the excavations of the 1800s and 1900s. Follow in the footsteps of the Romans, and see how they lived, loved, worked and played. Among the highlights of the site are the Porta Marina (Sea Gate), one of the city’s original entrances, as well as the Forum, Main Square, and surrounding temples, porticoes and law courts. 20,000 people lived in the provincial town, of which 2,000 perished. Twenty feet of volcanic ash and pumice stone covered the city, freezing everyday artifacts for later prosperity. Among the most poignant sights are the plaster cast models taken from Pompeii citizens, and their pets.

From Naples: One-Way Transfer to Sorrento with Pompeii Tour

6. From Naples: One-Way Transfer to Sorrento with Pompeii Tour

Enjoy a one-way transfer service from Naples to Sorrento and ride in style in a modern car or minivan, driven by a professional driver.  Stop for a 2 hour walking tour in Pompeii with a professional archaelogical guide.  Optimize your time with this convenient transfer service, reaching Sorrento in comfort and with ease. All drivers are professional, competent and punctual, also providing you with a lot of information along the way. Get picked up at Naples Airport (NAP) or Central Station (or your accommodation in the city) and be transferred in style to Sorrento riding a modern minivan or car. The driver will meet you holding a sign with your name on, and will accompany you to the car parked just a few steps away. Sit back and relax while your driver takes you to your destination. Enjoy the ride along the winding roads of the Sorrentine peninsula with dramatic sights on the bay of Naples and the island of Capri. Drop off at your Hotel - B&B - Apartment or other Accommodation in the area of Sorrento. Ask the driver all the information you need as you ride.

From Naples: Transfer to Positano with Pompeii Guided Tour

7. From Naples: Transfer to Positano with Pompeii Guided Tour

Enjoy a transfer service from Naples to Positano and enjoy a guided tour of Pompeii. This transfer service includes pickup from Naples and drop-off at Positano. See the Marina Gate, Forum baths, and more. Sit back and relax while your driver takes you to your destination. Enjoy the ride along the winding roads of the Sorrentine peninsula with dramatic sights on the bay of Naples and the island of Capri, stop at Pompeii for a two-hour guided tour before being dropped off at your accommodation in the area of Positano. Along the way, stop at Pompeii for a private walking tour with an archaeological guide. You will see the most important public buildings, luxurious urban villas and shops, the Marina Gate, the Basilica, and the Forum. Then visit the Forum baths, the Lupanar, the bakery, the house of the Faun, as well as the Termopolium Capuano. In addition, see the house of the Tragic Poet as well as the famous plaster casts.

2-Hour Pompeii Child-Friendly Tour

8. 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.

From Rome: Pompeii & Naples Private Full-Day Tour

9. From Rome: Pompeii & Naples Private Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a private day trip from Rome to the ruins of Pompeii and the modern day city of Naples, traveling by comfortable Mercedes. Your tour includes 2 hours with a guide in Pompeii, a lunch stop on the slopes of Vesuvius, and free sightseeing time in Naples. Following your hotel pick-up, your driver will drive directly to the entrance of Pompeii, situated on a volcanic plateau on the southern slope of Mt. Vesuvius. Learn the tragic story behind the everyday Roman town as you wander the streets between former houses and shops. Relive the last moments before they were buried by the eruption of Vesuvius. Marvel at the Marina Gate, and Basilica (Court House). See where the citizens gathered at the Stabian Baths and Theatres. You will even visit the old brothel (Lupanar), and a former bakery. Admire mosaic tiles at sites such as the House of Faun and House of the Tragic Poet, as well as plaster casts that depict Pompeii's residents caught in the poses at the moment they died. After a meal in a typical restaurant on the slopes of the Mt. Vesuvius, continue with a scenic drive of Naples, where your driver will tell you about the highlights of the city so that you can make the most of your sightseeing time alone. Pass through busy Piazza Garibaldi, and watch the bustle of pedestrians on Corso Umberto Primo. Look at the cruise liners in the Port of Naples, and travel down the breathtaking promenade of the Riviera di Chiaia. Go to the harbor of Mergellina to look at the luxury yachts, and travel uphill to Posillipo for views across the sea to Capri.

Pompeii: 2-Hour Guided Tour with an Archaeologist

10. Pompeii: 2-Hour Guided Tour with an Archaeologist

Explore the ruins of Pompeii on a 2-hour guided tour, and travel back to the days of the Roman Empire. Meet your guide by the old Porta Marina Superiore for a tour of the western part of Pompeii, site of the most important public buildings, homes, and shops. Step into the shoes of the Roman citizens of Pompeii as you walk the same streets that they walked. Learn how the town was buried under molten ash and lava by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Your guide will bring the Roman Republic to life for an intense experience as you discover remarkably intact structures and learn how the Romans lived both in public and private. Hear why UNESCO inscribed Pompeii and Herculaneum on the World Heritage Patrimony list for their "complete and vivid picture of society and daily life at a specific moment in the past that is without parallel anywhere in the world." Discover highlights such as the Basilica (Court House), and Forum, center of political and social life during the Roman Empire. See the Lupanar (brothel), House of the Faun, Termopolium Capuano, and House of the Tragic Poet. Marvel at plaster casts of humans and animals at the moment of their death. Go to a bakery where you can still see the remains of the utensils, and even the food.

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What people are saying about Porta Marina, Pompeii, Italy

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4.6 / 5

based on 11,953 reviews

It was a really nice tour. We met with the tour guide Silvia on time and she was wonderful, gave us a lot of information about the history of the place and what we were visiting, things that you can't really learn without an expert. I definitely recommend it, the pace was good and we didn't feel rushed at all, and at the end you get all the time in the world to explore more on your own.

Amazing guide, clearly full of knowledge and will to talk about the subject. If you’re not a native English speaker, sometimes it might be a bit fast paced for understanding. I recommend it! Me and my father left amazed!

The tour guide was very informative and patient, we enjoyed it and 100% would recommend:)

Nicoletta was fun and knowledgeable and a delightful guide.

Well organised. Very informative and friendly guide.