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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.

Amphitheater of Pompeii

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.

Temple of Apollo

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.

Temple of Jupiter

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.

House of the Faun

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.

House of the Menander

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.

House of the Vettii

After becoming freed slaves, the Vettii brothers spared no expense highlighting their ''nouveau-riche'' status, boasting exquisite frescoes and lustrous wall paintings.

Photo: Justin Ennis@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Villa of the Mysteries

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.

Pompeii: Our Tips

Tickets for Pompeii

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.

What are are the opening hours?

Pompeii is open from April to October from 8:30AM to 7:30PM, and from 8:30AM to 5:30PM from November to March.

How do I get there?

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 through 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).

When should I visit?

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.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Open April to October, 8:30AM to 7:30PM and November to March, 8:30AM to 5:30PM.
  • What is the price?
    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 there
    Take the Circumvesuviana train to the Pompeii-Scavi-Villa dei Misteri station, or the SITA bus to the Piazza Esedra station.
  • Additional tips
    • 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

This was an amazing experience. The best coastal trip for me by far!

This was a well organized adventure. Antoinette and Stefano were warm and hospitable. We got breakfast along the way which was great as we had a 7 am pick up time.We spent 2 hours in Pompeii which was ideal because it was hot and we had our 2 teenage daughters with us. The local guide showed us the important sites in Pompeii so we did not have to figure it out ourselves. We then headed off to Amalfi which was a breathtaking experience. Along the way we stopped to take pictures of the amazing coastline ( which Antoinette suggested) as well as tasted limoncello in Sorrento. We then stopped for lunch in Positano on the beach! We had a delightful lunch and my kids even got to swim! We spent 2 hours there and then departed for the Amalfi town. It was over crowded so we were unable to drive there so we continued along the scenic route taking pictures and admiring the beautiful Mediterranean coastline, even stopping along the way to pick blackberries! Thanks again to Antoinette and Stefano!

Very well organised and entertaining tour

Claudia and Achmed did a great job! The bus ride passed by very fast due to the information/stories they were sharing. They are both very friendly and helpful. Pompeii was amazing. The highlight of my vacation! We did not went to the Vesuvius because of the fires. We went to Vulcano Solfatara instead. It does not have the views of the Vesuvius because the volcano lacks height but you get close to boiling liquid and steam. A very great alternative! I would recommend doing this tour!

Pompeii Full-Day Trip From Rome Reviewed by Tony, 08/07/2017

The trip was amazing. Our Guide Amanda was excellent. Top experience.

The trip was amazing. Our Guide Amanda was excellent, informative and amusing. Because of the fires on Mt Vesuv we were unable to climb it, but they took us to another volcano in the region near Neaples, that had a bubbling sulphur mud lake, vents with hot steam and yellow sulpur stones. It was incredible to walk on a volcano plug with a magma chamber 2 kms below you. Pompeji - history plus - to walk down the streets, see the ruts in the road left by chariots, houses and more Our family really enjoyed it and we highly recommend it. We were a bit disappointed not to climb Mt Vesuv but the other volcano blow us away, the experience we will never forget. Amanda our guide works for City Wonders who we discover work together with Get Your guide. Great trip

Pompeii Full-Day Trip From Rome Reviewed by Joanne, 07/30/2017

Pompeii and Amalfi Coast was a good tour.

Although the drive to Pompeii and the Amalfi coast was long, the tour was very good. The tour guide was very informative and organized.

Pompeii & Amalfi Coast: Small Group Day Trip from Rome Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/28/2017

Picturesque, historical, exceeded expectation

Enjoyable and transport easily sorted to arrive there. Staff work quickly and pleasant cafe facility

Pompeii Priority Entrance Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/27/2017

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