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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

Great tour with lots of information and things to do.

This tour was easy to book and good information for meeting points and times. There is a physical demand due to rough terrain and walking. Very manageable but something to be aware of. The tour guide was great, very informative and fun. Good driver too :) The rest stops were appreciated and the store had some unique items to purchase that were local products. Great value and worth your time.

Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius: Full-Day Trip from Rome Reviewed by Koreen, 07/17/2018

Interesting looking at the restoration work undertaken at the site.

Very interesting but you do need the audio assistance and/or guide to gain a full appreciation of the site and its secrets.

Pompeii Fast Track Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Mike, 07/09/2018

An informative, well organised Tour that I would highly recommend!

I researched this tour online for months, unsure how to do it as there were so many options and also many different (and often not so flattering) reviews. Get Your Guide tour reviews were the most appealing and now I understand why. It's so well organised! There was no HFrom the moment we met our guide at the square, until we exited the bus, Andrea Cahonghi, our guide was PERFECT! He was knowledgeable about the country, it's history, the culture, which he mixed with the right amount of humour to keep us all captivated (even my 3 young children). He explained everything but included some quiet time too. The lunch was lovely... it came with a nice explanation from Andrea which made it something more special to look too. The other guide we had in Pompei was TOO AMAZING!!!!! He had us all laughing and enjoying every bit of his presentation. It was brilliant! When we exited, I forgot my cell phone and Andrea ran after us to return it. I'M SO GLAD WE DID THIS TOUR.

Stefano is an excellent and knowledgeable guide speaking good English.

We really enjoyed the small group set-up being 3 adults and 3 kids aged 10-11. Excellent tour and choice of highlights. Stefano speaks good English, has humour and interacts with the group and kids. We had a wonderful couple of hours in Pompeii, despite the scorching heat.

Pompeii 2-Hour Small Group Tour Reviewed by Anna, 07/06/2018

Excellent tour from Paola an excellent guide

Well organised,great app and contact details. What made the tour was Paola her knowledge and passion for Pompei was amazing and great in a small group

Pompeii Ruins Small Group Tour with an Archaeologist Reviewed by Jonathan, 07/06/2018

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