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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

Great day out as a group with our driver Massimo

5 of us went on a day trip including Pompei and the Amalfi Coast. Our driver Massimo, arranged a guide to take us around Pompei and we learnt masses from our guide. We then drove along the Amalfi coast stopping for coffee, lunch and ice-creams. It was a great day and Massimo was able to tell us a lot about the coastline as we drove. We have lots of great memories.

Great, Pleasant, Satisfying and Enjoyable

Really Great Tour from Naples to all the locations included with the tour. Our tour guide, Lea was doing a great job at commentating through the whole of our journey. She was very energetic and welcoming. The tour was not tiring at all. All the mountain View and the Sea View were so panoramic that Italy has got me to fall in love with its culture and places. I still remember the views of Sorrento, Positano and the Amalfi coast. Really enjoyed. I do Recommend this tour.

Amalfi Coast Tour-All Inclusive from Naples Reviewed by Aman, 03/17/2019

Excellent guides and well organized tour

Had great guides in Michaela and Barbara. Well informed and passionate about making entire experience very enjoyable for entire group. Lunch was only disappointing part

From Rome: Skip-the-Line Pompeii & Vesuvius Day Trip Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 03/09/2019

Definitely a tour you don’t want to miss

We had a blast on this tour! Massimo (our driver/guide) was so fun, knowledgeable, and a dang good driver. He stopped periodically between the towns for the incredible views and played photographer for us. So nice. We visited mid-February and were so glad we did. With fewer tourists in the area, we had a little more time to explore and enjoy the incredible views! It was chilly at times, but mostly sunny so it was great, and like I said, not getting delayed by peak season traffic was a huge bonus. The lunch provided was also awesome. It was a beautiful restaurant with a great patio view of the coast line. And as if gelato could get any better, the gelato in Amalfi takes it to another level. Just take this tour. It’s worth every penny and this is definitely not a drive that most people would find comfortable driving by themselves. You also learn way more about the area and can relax between stops.

Amalfi Coast Tour-All Inclusive from Naples Reviewed by Nicholas, 03/08/2019

Very informative and small group of only 7 people.

Our guide Ana was wonderful. She has actually worked on Pompeii as an archeologist and was able to answer all of our questions and provided great info. For example, she would show point out details and features that would help us understand what we were looking at, even after the tour was over and we explored by ourselves. Our small group only had 7 people, so we were able to easily interact with each other and our guide. We went in February.

Pompeii Ruins Small Group Tour with an Archaeologist Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 02/22/2019

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