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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

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

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

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

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.

Villa of the Mysteries
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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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 11,437 reviews

Interesting and fun dive in history. Just what I was looking for!

The whole experience was great for the presence of our Guide Nancy! Her energy and personality make this historical journey a fun adventure full of interesting facts about life and death of this petrified city. Don't be scared of crowds she knows her way in and out every part and "navigate" through the site like an expert captain. Enjoy her jokes and her Mythology tales while she takes care of you and make sure you have everything you need. Her fluent English and bubbly personality, together with a capturing narrative that really shows her passion for her job, told a story and created an experience that I will remember for sure! Thanks Nancy!

Pompeii: Skip-The-Line 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by

Unclear pickup time; overall fantastic tour

The tour was great! Only complaint is that pickup time was very unclear. The only info we got was 9-10am; we waited at the location all that time before calling the company at 10am and being told the tour would be there at 10:20 (it was). However customer service was very helpful and responded quickly! Comfortable bus for the 25 min ride to Pompeii, once there we met our English guide. She was very informative and fun for the two hours in Pompeii! Lunch was good, nothing special but very filling. On the bus to Vesuvius we switched guides again, Alex made many jokes and told us a lot about landmarks on the drive up! The hike itself is steep but we had ~50 min at Vesuvius and that was more than enough to complete it with time for pictures at the top (we went all the way to the end of the hike). It rained and was foggy at the top, but we still saw some amazing views! Overall would definitely recommend this tour!

From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour Reviewed by

The trip was great, Mark and the driver were excellent!!!

Very good, he was in time with all schedule, funny and very professional !!! Very nice trip...go, you won't regret !

Amalfi Coast Tour-All Inclusive from Naples Reviewed by

Amazing tour, with the best tour guides we could have asked for.

Unique experience. Both our tour guides (Kyle and Paolo) were very exciting and educational. Kyle fed out information about Rome and the passing cities (Naples, Amalfi and Pompeii), while Paolo is a person who loves every single corner of Pompeii and teaches you as much he can in the time given, in a very unique and fun way. Thank you so much for the tours.

Paolo was awesome. Best tour we had in Italy.

They aren't joking when they say you are placed with a real archeologist. Paolo told us about his work excavating nearby ruins and provided tons of fascinating information about Pompeii and Roman culture. His English is almost flawless, and he was entertaining and passionate about the subject matter. You won't regret taking this tour.

Pompeii Ruins Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour Reviewed by

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