Pompeii

Duration 2 hours
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About the place you will visit

POMPEII was set on a volcanic plateau overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the valley of the Sarno river. Due to its strategic position it became a thriving commercial center   and one of the most powerful cities of Campania region until the catastrophe of 79 A.D. The sudden eruption buried Pompei beneath thick layers of ash and pumice stones, putting an end to its life. Excavations began only in 1748 under the control of the King Charles III of Bourbon, without being planned according to a systematic method: wall paintings and precious objects were seriously damaged if not stolen. A new phase of the digs begun in the second half of the 19th century in accordance with strict scientific methods. Archaeological research is still continuing today with the aim of preserving the remains already found. The ash which suffocated its inhabitants in their desperate attempts to escape has paradoxically preserved to the present day part of the life of this great city, which was once prosperous, bustling with pedestrians and traffic, full of shops, inns, grandiose public buildings, temples and private homes, from the most modest to the most luxurious.

Tour Description

A 2 hours tour includes the major highlights like the Forum, the baths, the Great Theatre, a beautiful example of a Roman dwelling, the brothel, the bakery, the thermopolium (fast-food) and the amazing plaster casts of the Pompeians. We can arrange also a longer tour in which there is the Amphitheatre (where the gladiators’ games were held), the laundry and other residences with stunning frescoes and mosaics.

Useful Tips

Comfortable shoes are advisable, an hat and sunscreen in summer, water, camera. Be aware that large and bulky backpacks are not admitted in the ruins! If you plan your visit on the day of the departure or arrival you can drop your luggage in the storage room near the entrance of the excavations. It is safe and free of charge.

Tour Lenght

2 hours for the classical tour; 3 hours or more if you request a more detailed visit

Rate

It depends on the number of people and on the tour length

Included

Private tour with a licensed guide

Not Included

Entrance tickets, tips, meals, extras

Tickets

Hiring a tour guide allows you to avoid long lines to buy tickets since guides have the priority at the ticket office. Free admission for under 18 and for all visitors on the first Sunday of the month. Discounted admission for UE citizens aged 18-24 by showing a valid document or a copy of it.

Notes

Bring your passport or driving license to get the discount or free ticket

How to get there

By train: take the local CIRCUMVESUVIANA train, stop at POMPEI SCAVI VILLA DEI MISTERI By car: private transportation is provided upon request at an extra charge. (Read the section TRANSFER SERVICE)
Transfer Service
Depending on the time you have at your disposal and on what you fancy, the tour of Pompeii can be combined with one or more sites: Herculaneum, Oplontis, Antiquarium of Boscoreale, Stabia, National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Sorrento, Positano. MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME!

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