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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.

Our insider 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 the Opening Hours?

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.

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 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).

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 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 there
    Take 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

Five stars in spite of the bus being 1/2 hour late.

The bus was a half hour late getting to the meeting point. "Traffic." The bus was comfortable and we stopped at Casino for a break. The rest stop was near the foot of Monte Casino of WWII fame. Interesting to see. In spite of drizzle and light rain most of the time, we enjoyed the visit. Having a guided tour helped. Carmelo was a good guide. The bus driver was from Casino and on the way back to Rome we stopped at a local deli. I welcomed the chance to get some salami - we had been buying salamis and dry ham since back in Barcelona. We ended up with some very good venison salami. When we arrived back in Rome it was pouring rain and the bus driver let us off within a couple blocks of our hotel. Also, our tour assistants, Francesca and Joya, were very good at their jobs. So, five stars in spite of being initially late.

Excellent guide for a fascinating relic.

Our guide Linda was excellent. Informative and interesting. Good group courtesy informing where she was located for any stragglers. Well done. Onto train off and on again without a glitch. Good to do this tour early and have the rest of the afternoon free.

Pompeii: Half-Day Express Tour from Rome Reviewed by KAYE, 05/16/2018

Perfect if you have a short time in Naples

This tour was really excellent! We had only 5 days in Naples, and wanted to see as much as we could in that time. This tour suited us perfectly! Some folks were impatient as they had little time to get things done, however if you follow their lead and have an easy-going attitude you will have an excellent time. *NOTE* - PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO EVERYTHING THE BUS TOUR GUIDES SAY! They are keeping things moving and there are a lot of groups going to different places (Sorrento etc), so you may be on a different bus from the bus that took you to Pompeii when it's time to head to Vesuvius. They order you based on where they picked you up - and they have your names too. You just really have to pay attention and be sure you listen carefully to where The Vesuvius bus is eating etc. The Pompeii tour was incredible and hit all the hot spots, but it moves quickly. You could spend a whole day in Pompeii, if you have the time - however, the tour gave us much more than any self guided trip

Knowledgable and fun tour of amazing Pompeii!

Our guide Stefano was fun and knowledgable. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. And as it’s for small groups (max 8 per group) you really get to know Pompeii with your guide. I highly recommend this!

Pompeii 2-Hour Small Group Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/13/2018

Guide was really friendly and easy to understand.

The guide ,Stephano, took care about my train schedule before the tour and also gave advice about Pompeii to us to look around even after the guided tour. He spoke in English very well and used easy words so it was easy to understand.

Pompeii 2-Hour Small Group Tour Reviewed by hansol, 05/09/2018

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