Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii with a skip-the-line ticket and take advantage of an included audio-guide service.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii with a skip-the-line ticket.
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Top sights in Naples
In 79 AD, torrid volcanic ash and pumice raced down the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and smothered Pompeii to death. Since excavations began in the mid-18th century, the city has yielded a bounty of cultural treasures and insight into the life of the ancient world.
Built in 80 BC and considered the earliest of its kind in the world, this grand venue hosted gladiator games and seated up to 20,000 fans in three sections based on social class.
Considered Pompeii's oldest religous building, a replica of the bronze statue of the god of prophecy stands poised, as if holding a bow and arrow, amid a row of Corinthian columns.
Mount Vesuvius looms in the background of the temple dedicated to the Capitoline Triad of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. Romans revered Jupiter as the most supreme of their deities.
It's one of the largest residences of Pompeii, housing the replica of the famed Alexander Mosaic, which depicts Alexander the Great battling Persian king Darius III.
This opulent abode with frescoes and mosaics takes its name not from its original owners, the Poppaeus family, but from the striking fresco portraying the Greek poet Menander.
After becoming freed slaves, the Vettii brothers spared no expense highlighting their nouveau-riche status, boasting exquisite frescoes and lustrous wall paintings.
Nine painted scenes on the walls of the Initiation Chamber reflect a bride's ceremonial passage into womanhood and the cult of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility.
Admission into ancient Pompeii costs €11, but it's free on the first Sunday of the month. It's not necessary to purchase tickets in advance online, and you can enter at one of three entrances: Villa dei Misteri, Porta Marina and the Anfiteatro. For those who want to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Boscoreale and Stabia, a 3-day pass costs €20.
Pompeii is open from April to October from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM, and from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM from November to March.
The Circumvesuviana departs on the Naples-Sorrento train line every half hour and takes 30-40 minutes to arrive at Pompeii-Scavi - Villa dei Misteri station. The SITA bus operates Monday to Saturday only. It leaves from the Port of Naples and Naples Central Station and stops at Piazza Esedra in Pompeii (entrance to the site from here is at Porta Marina). If you're traveling by car, take the A3 highway (autostrada).
In southern Italy, spring and fall offer pleasant temperatures, while summer is quite toasty. Pompeii isn't small in area, and you should expect to spend a minimum of 2-3 hours exploring. It's best to bring a bottle of water, and don't forget to wear proper shoes and sunblock.
- When should I visit?Open April to October, 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM and November to March, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
- Is it expensive?Adult admission starts at just €11 and continues upwards with tour and transportation options.
- Will I need a guide?This site offers so much history, having a guide definitely enriches your visit.
- How to get thereTake the Circumvesuviana train to the Pompeii-Scavi-Villa dei Misteri station, or the SITA bus to the Piazza Esedra station.
- Additional information
- There is very little shade in this huge area, so make sure you bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.
- Once inside, concessions are limited, so plan ahead and get food in advance if you need to.
What people are saying about Pompeii
During our trip to Rome, some of the group wanted to see Pompeii. A friend gave me advice to stay off of the “rickety” train from Naples to Pompeii and if we could afford it take the tour from Naples. We did and had an easy trip. Our visit to Pompeii was very enjoyable with a wonderful guide Elisa whose commentary amused us all. It was a great day in Pompeii!
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum through GetYourGuide. The actual tour provider was Napoli City Vision. A benefit I like of using GetYourGuide was that the entrance fees were included. Yes, you might save a couple of euros booking just the tour and paying the entrance fees separately (which is what most tours have you do), but I really liked having the entire thing paid for in advance. We couldn't decide between the two archeological sites and were pleased to find a tour that included both, and included guides for both. Many tours do not include a guide for Herculaneum. Sure, you can see these things on your own, but what exactly are you seeing? Having a guide is invaluable to put what you are seeing into context. Our guide was Stefania for both Pompeii and Herculaneum. She did a wonderful job explaining everything and keeping our group together. We were even pleased with the light lunch between the tours, simple fare that hit the spot.
The mini bus vehicle was not suitable for a long drive as half the passenges had to sit with back to direction of travel which meant they could not see what the guide was talking about and also not good for car sickness
Sergio was an excellent guide. Really knowledgeable about the site of Pompeii and able to show us some really interesting parts away from the tourist throng. Also has a brilliant academic knowledge generally and was able to answer our questions with great detail. He's also a genuinely nice person, we enjoyed our tour with him immensely
I will recommend this to everyone. If you get Andrea as a guide (our tour was English speaking), I can attest to his knowledge and friendliness. Try to check ahead of time on the status of the trail up to Mt. Vesuvius; we were lucky and it had only re-opened the day prior. It is a beautiful view from the top and worth every step. Then to have a tasty pizza and explore Pompeii with an educated, and hilarious guide, Willie. A great time. No need to pack heavy. Wear comfortable shoes for walking. Bring cash for various 'gift shops' and convenience stands.