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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

Good tour. Informative and yummy lunch with wine

Started off going to mt Vesuvius. Drove most of the way up and then had to walk another 900 metres or so. Was an easy walk but the ground is a bit difficult as if walking uphill on sand. Then went to lunch and a wine tasting in a great vineyard. Very cute and great food. Best tomatoes ever eaten! Then headed off to Pompeii ruins and the tour guide was super informative. Got to each place in a Mercedes van with a fab driver. Chaz was great at guiding us around

Wonderful trip to see the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii

Really enjoyed the trip to see Sorrento, Amalfi and Pompeii. The tour leader was good Rosemary and spoke good English. Had smooth pick up from the hotel though it was 20 minutes later than the promised time and dropped us back to our hotel. Great Lunch at a wonderful restaurant overlooking the sea with a wonderful view. Stops for photos and Lemoncello tasting on the way. The whole drive is amazing. Pompeii was excellent - the guide was very knowledgeable but wished we had more time. Take the tour - well worth it - it was World tours Naples and really took care of us and answered questions for our trip to Capri the next day. I would do Pompeii and Amalfi coast as 2 days trips so you can spend more time on both. I took the tour combined since we had only one day.

Good, interesting, educational, walking tour.

I would recommend it. The guide was knowledgeable, and engaging. He allowed ample time for the tour, and was generous answering our questions about the place.

Pompeii: Skip-The-Line 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Sandra, 10/03/2017

It was great but not enough time in Pompeii

The tour was great, comfortable and well-arranged. The guides and the bus driver did their best! We will definitely come again for more! Thank you!

Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius: Full-Day Trip from Rome Reviewed by Natalia, 10/02/2017

A breathtaking view combined with amazing history

This tour was very well organised and our guide Marco was both informative and great fun. We couldn't believe how the bus driver managed to navigate the narrow. windy roads but he was great, The view of the coast was amazing and the included lunch was tasty and the restaurant overlooked the coast , Pompeii was truly amazing too and our guide certainly knew all the relevant information about it's history. The drive through the mountains was beautiful and we made it back to the ship in plenty of time after a wonderful day

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