Pompeii and Herculaneum

Duration 6 hours
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About the place you will visit

This is the perfect combination to visit the most important cities destroyed by the fury of the volcano Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii, an active commercial town of approximately 20,000 people, was buried under many feet of ashes and cinders and only excavated in the 1800's. Its inhabitants attempted to flee but there were those who suffocated after inhalating the toxic gas. Herculaneum, a wealthy and residential town chosen by the aristocracy as a vacation resort, is a real jewel of Roman art. In contrast to Pompeii, it was submerged under a burning river of lava and mud which solidified and turned into tufa, preserving the town for centuries. Along the waterfront there are still some of the human skeletons belonging to the inhabitants who were attempting to escape. Unfortunately death caught up with them, being trapped in the boathouses where they were searching for a shelter.

Tour Description

Due to its huge scale, the tour of Pompeii takes longer in order to appreciate its major buildings (Ampitheatre, Theatres, Baths, Brothel) as well as streets and shops, wall paintings and mosaics, pottery and plaster casts. Time for lunch in Pompeii. The tour continues to Herculaneum where you can admire carbonized wooden doors, lintels and stairs still intact and great examples of Roman domestic architectures.

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

6 hours approximately


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


Private tour with a licensed guide

Not Included

Entrance tickets, tips, meals, extras


You will buy the entrance tickets in both sites. 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.


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

How to get there

By train: take the local CIRCUMVESUVIANA train (POMPEI SCAVI VILLA DEI MISTERI and ERCOLANO SCAVI) By car: private transportation is provided upon request at an extra charge. (Read the section TRANSFER SERVICE)
Transfer Service
In case you have already visited one of the two sites, there is also the option of the National Archaeological Museum which can be combined to Pompeii or Herculaneum (approx. 6 hours)

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