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Attractions to see in Pompeii

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

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable of both history and art.

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of both Pompeii and Herculaneum thanks to the expertise of our guide. He was both an expert on the history as well as the art of these ancient cities and really put the lives and culture of their inhabitants into a personal context. I highly recommend this tour.

Pompeii Priority Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Barbara, 06/20/2017

Great trip, very informtive & we had fun too!

Picked up (& returned to hotel, door-door) with transfers to a coach. Full day activtity, very informative and fun along the way. Giovanni, the bus driver did a fantastic job driving along the Amalfi coastal road, made us feel very safe. Tour guide, Mina was very knowledgeable & made the day very enjoyable. We had a great time!!!

Beautiful sights with knowledgeable guides.

I recommend this trip and tour operators, an excellent day to see fantastic sights. Beautiful views of Amalfi , a little bit of everything squeezed into one day. Fantastic spot for lunch, finishing with the highlights of Pompeii which did not disappoint! The time there did not feel rushed and we felt that we had seen a good overview .Excellent guide there and looked after well for the whole trip by Laura the bus guide and the driver.

Overwhelming and interesting experience.

Never expected we would be so impressed by Pompei. A must see for every visitor in the neighbourhood of Napoli. The Vesuvius was also interesting, but our main goal was Pompei. We had a very good guide Enrico who brought the history alive and told us many details. The girls who guided us the whole journey from Rome, to Napoli, Vesuvius and Pompei - Paula and Inge - were great too. Everything went 'ups a daisy' also thanks to our busdriver who brought us save home to Rome.

Pompeii Full-Day Trip From Rome Reviewed by Paul, 06/13/2017

I liked it but the lunch wasnt great, we only got 2 course not 3!

Lunch food was very disappointing, was cold and tasteless. We also were told we would get 3 courses when booking but only got 2- salad and pasta, with no desert provided. Otherwise your was great with lots of stops to see Amalfi, sorrento and positano!

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