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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

Fabrizio was fantastic. Highly knowledgable and enthusiastic.

Not to be cheeky but Fabrizio made Pompeii come to life. He kept all of our attention as we worked our way throughout the City of Pompeii. I would highly recommend Fabrizio.

Pompeii by Train Reviewed by Evan, 01/22/2018

A great tour of the best of Pompeii with an awesome guide, Paula.

Having discovered that Naples is a bit grotty, we managed to catch the train to Pompeii not to the Ruins of Pompeii, so we were running late when we got to the entrance of the Ruins. It did not matter as our guide, Paula, took this in her stride and ensured we got to see the best of Pompeii Ruins in 2 hours. She was very knowledgeable, witty and helpful. She ensured we got back on the right train, in time to get back to Naples to catch our express train Rome. Our only regret us that we did not have longer to spend at Pompeii Ruins. Well worth going to see Pompeii Ruins and definitely worth having a guide, especially Paula.

Skip The Line - Pompeii Private Guided Tour Reviewed by Mike, 01/12/2018

Very informative guide and beautiful sites!

We were in Rome and tours out of Rome were very expensive. This tour was reasonably priced and took us to the beautiful Amalfi coast. We took the 7 am train out of Rome Termini and was picked up right in front of the station. We had some traffic on our way back but had plenty of time to catch the 6 pm train back to Rome. The tour guide was excellent and gave us great info at Pompeii and on the drive along the coast. Highly recommend.

Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Day Tour from Naples All Inclusive Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/24/2017

Trip of a lifetime never to be forgotten in my lifetime!!

Our tour guide, Laura, was very knowledgeable of the entire journey. I highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to Travel to Naples / Mt. Vesuvius!!

Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius: Full-Day Trip from Rome Reviewed by Corso, 11/20/2017

Amazing tour! A must do to see a little bit of everything.

Our guide Rafael was very prompt and informative. He gave us plenty of time at each stop and even took us to a little authentic pizza place near his town for a quick lunch. The views were gorgeous. Plenty of little shops to buy from and lots of nice pictures to take. Pompeii was the only place where more time was needed but that in itself is a full day tour to see EVERYTHING. This was the perfect tour to have a taste of each part and then some. Definitely recommend.

Naples Cruise Port: Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano Reviewed by Krizia, 11/08/2017

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