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Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

1. Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Explore the world-famous Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius on a guided day trip starting from Naples or Sorrento. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Pompeii and admire the Bay of Naples from Vesuvius’ summit. Start at Pompeii, where you can skip the ticket line before your guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  With your guide, inspect well-preserved ruins, artworks, mosaics, and frescoes, including the Roman Forum, and Temple of Apollo. Even glance at plaster casts of people in the city at the time of Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. Exit the archeological site with your guide and enjoy some free time to wander around Pompeii town. Choose the lunch option for a two-course meal consisting of a main course, a dessert, and one drink followed by a round of Limoncello tasting Next up is Mount Vesuvius. Skip the majority of the arduous climb, with your vehicle taking you 1000m up the volcano.  From there, enjoy a 30-minute walk to the crater’s edge, where you’ll have some free time to explore. Take the opportunity to savor and photograph unforgettable views over the whole of the Bay of Naples from here. Look out for the official alpine guides at the summit who can share the volcano’s turbulent history with you.  The day trip ends with a transfer back to Naples or Sorrento.

Naples: Underground Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

2. Naples: Underground Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

Immerse yourself into a world beneath Naples and witness the city's history unfold on a guided tour. See relics of ancient times, including the Hypogeum Gardens and Emperor Nero's dressing room. Descend 40 meters into the honeycombed underground of Naples and discover its haunting history. See several cavities excavated in the 4th century and used as cisterns for the city's water supply for nearly 23 centuries. Step into the past as you explore air-raid shelters from World War II, the War Museum, and the Hypogeum Gardens, as well as the Greek-Roman aqueduct. Hear the history behind each turn from your guide. Witness the remains of the ancient Roman Theater of Neapolis and see where Nero kept a private dressing room for when he performed shows in Naples.

Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius

3. Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius

Travel back in time to the devastating day in 79 AD the brooding volcano of Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the Roman city of Pompeii beneath molten ash.  On arrival, your expert guide will take you on a tour through the remains of this UNESCO world heritage site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. Hear stories about The Forum, Thermal Baths, Lupanare, Greek Theater, and plaster casts of the bodies of Pompeii people. Following a typical Naples lunch of pizza at one of Pompeii’s cafés, you will then be driven close to the summit of the mountain that destroyed it. From there, it's just a walk to the lip of the crater. The only active volcano in continental Europe, Vesuvius has erupted many times, but it was the destruction of Pompeii and its surrounding towns that made it most famous. Climb to the top, and walk around the crater, taking in the atmosphere of the smoking mountain. Enjoy the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. Return to Sorrento, where you will be dropped off at your hotel, the cruise ship, or the railway station.

Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Express Tour by Train

4. Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Express Tour by Train

Leave the city traffic behind and join a train ride from Sorrento to Pompeii. Skip the line to join a guided walking tour around one of the world's most famous archaeological excavation sites. You will see the well-preserved Roman city of Pompeii, which is located on the slope of the still active Vesuvio. You can also stroll around the ancient ruins, learning about the history of this amazing site. You will later be guided through the roads of a city once trampled by the Pompeiians, a vibrant excursion which will take you back 2000 years in time. Upon your tour's conclusion, you will be free to return to Sorrento or remain in Pompeii to explore further.

Pompeii: Guided Walking Tour With Entrance Ticket

5. Pompeii: Guided Walking Tour With Entrance Ticket

Skip the lines and explore the ancient city of Pompeii on a guided walking tour. Learn about daily life and the people who once lived there. Visit important buildings, including the Forum and the Thermal Baths. Get ready to explore the excavation site where, gradually over the last few centuries, the Ancient Roman town has been uncovered. Many of its landmarks are remarkably well-preserved after being buried by volcanic ash for nearly 2 millennia. On this walking tour, you will discover what everyday life was like for a Roman in the town and you will see the Forum, the Thermal Baths, Lupanare, and even streets with shops displaying signs selling produce including wine. With the help of a professional guide, you will learn more about the history of this town and what happened on that day in 79 AD when the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted.

From Rome: Round-Trip Transfer to Pompeii and its Ruins

6. From Rome: Round-Trip Transfer to Pompeii and its Ruins

Benefit from round-trip transportation to the archeological ruins of Pompeii from Rome. Along the way, enjoy a short panoramic tour of Naples and discover the beauty of this city from the comfort of your coach. Climb up Vomero Hill, overlooking the Bay of Naples, for majestic views of Mount Vesuvius. Upon arrival at Pompeii, explore this UNESCO World Heritage site at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Walk along the ancient streets of the well-preserved ruins for a glimpse into the lives of ancient Romans. In the afternoon, join the tour leader at the meeting point and relax on the return journey to Rome.

Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour with Archaeologist

7. Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour with Archaeologist

Arrive at the archaeological city of Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is considered to be one of the largest archaeological areas ever known. Meet your expert guide and small group, and after benefitting from skip-the-line entrance, begin your exploration of this incredible city that was buried for thousands of years.  Live a unique experience as you stroll through the remaining streets of this ancient city, walking on the original volcanic stone pavement. Receive an introduction to the daily routine of the Roman citizens as the whole city seems to come back to life right in front of your eyes. Imagine the gladiators working out in the gymnasium; the beautiful matronae lying on the marble triclinium while enjoying a feast; the smell of the fresh baked bread rising from the ovens chimneys; people walking through the market stalls and gathering around politicians in the Forum. Your guide will provide you with a detailed depiction of the habits and lifestyle of this Greek-Roman city, whose mysteries and uniqueness will leave you breathless.

From Rome: Day Trip to Pompeii with Lunch and Guide

8. From Rome: Day Trip to Pompeii with Lunch and Guide

Take an amazing journey back in time on this full-day tour to the archaeological ruins of Pompeii: a unique document of Greco-Roman life. Travel through the famous Roman countryside and enjoy incredible views of the Mediterranean, Mount Vesuvius, and countless historic sites. Discover the seashore and the gulf of Naples as you drive through the city. Stop for a traditional lunch of Neapolitan pizza with a drink before reaching the archaeological site. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Pompeii and enter with skip-the-line tickets. Spend the afternoon exploring this once thriving city that was frozen in time by layers of volcanic ash. Wander through the ancient streets and learn about the history of this place from your guide. After your tour of Pompeii, enjoy the leisurely return trip to Rome.

Naples: Sorrento & Pompeii Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

9. Naples: Sorrento & Pompeii Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Meet your guide at Naples port and get ready for an unforgettable journey to Sorrento. Admire breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast as you head towards your destination.  Explore the beautiful alleys of the city, breathe in the authenticity of southern Italy and make a stop-off at a quaint local business. Taste some delicious local cuisine and sip on a Limoncello, a famous regional alcoholic beverage. After touring Sorrento with your expert guide, visit one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, the Ruins of Pompeii, and discover the history of this ancient Roman city buried by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano. Stroll through the cobbled alleys of Pompeii and step back in time. Examine the ruins of what was once a dynamic and prosperous city, immortalized by the fire of the Vesuvius volcano.  Immerse yourself in the sensation of mystery and nostalgia as you enjoy a fascinating day brimming with history, culture, and stunning landscapes.

Naples: Origins, Cults, and Legends Historical Tour

10. Naples: Origins, Cults, and Legends Historical Tour

Do not miss a walk through the historic center of Naples with an expert archeologist guide. Start the tour from Piazza Bellini right in the heart of Naples and see the most remarkable historical and artistic spots in the city, with a particular focus on uncommon locations off the beaten track. Stroll through the Greek and Roman layers of Naples while listening to your expert guide detailing the history, culture, cults, fun stories, and facts. Walk through the ancient streets of the Decumani and Spaccanapoli, with stops at beautiful Gothic and Baroque churches and cathedrals.   Pass the unique nativity scenes in the artisan quarter of San Grergorio Armeno and see the exclusive Banksy mural as well as tons of street art along the way. Discover the Neapolitan Cult of the Dead church. Enjoy a stop for coffee in a bar with a shrine to footballer Diego Maradona to talk about Neapolitan culture. Your guide will also have some excellent suggestions on local food spots and where you can spend your evening.

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This was a great tour of Pompeii. It's a lot more affordable than most which is a bonus! Meeting at the train station and going to Pompeii with Gino and the rest of the group was very simple. Pompeii is huge so you don't get to see all of it but Gino brought us around to the best parts and really explained the history so well - he definitely knows his stuff! He was very easy to understand and was great fun! Would definitely recommend for being so informative and value for money!

Really excellent guide, knowledgeable and friendly. Well run activity. A must. Please note: the climb to the crater of Vesuvius is not within everyone's reach and is particularly difficult during the heat of summer.

Excellent guide spoke very good English, explained a lot! Was well versed and told more facts about the area around Naples. The Vesuvius climb is very tough for older people, but we managed it!

Simply perfect. The experience was organized in an optimal way. thanks to Rosalba, Vincenzo and Ciro. Nice and above all very prepared. Thank you

Very good tour with excellent info from our tour guide