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The Best of Pompeii Tour: Unveiling the Buried City

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3 hours

Max 15

Why take this tour?

Get a whole new perspective on the ancient city and the disaster that destroyed it with this skip the line Pompeii tour. Along with an expert guide you'll see the major sites and a few surprises, including the famous death casts, the Roman baths, the Roman Forum, a beautifully-preserved theater, ancient fast food restaurants and even an old brothel (if age appropriate).

Take Walks: Travel back in time with a Pompeii archaeologist.

If you tried to see all the highlights of Pompeii by yourself you could spend days wandering the ruins and still miss a lot of them. When you go with an expert certified guide, one who has worked on these very ruins no less, the lost city comes alive with the stories and artifacts of the past.

Skipping the long entrance lines, you and your small group of 15 people or fewer will embark on a journey into the heart of an ancient Roman city, both destroyed and incredibly preserved by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79.

As your guide tells you the exciting and tragic story of the city's rise and fall, you'll visit all the most popular s...

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If you tried to see all the highlights of Pompeii by yourself you could spend days wandering the ruins and still miss a lot of them. When you go with an expert certified guide, one who has worked on these very ruins no less, the lost city comes alive with the stories and artifacts of the past.

Skipping the long entrance lines, you and your small group of 15 people or fewer will embark on a journey into the heart of an ancient Roman city, both destroyed and incredibly preserved by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79.

As your guide tells you the exciting and tragic story of the city's rise and fall, you'll visit all the most popular sites, like the stunning Roman Forum with its views of Mt. Vesuvius, ancient fast food restaurants, private villas, apartment buildings, temples, theaters, bath houses, and (if age appropriate) a brothel featuring risqué frescoes of the type of, ahem, services rendered.

You'll also visit the famous plaster death casts of people who were killed in the eruption that buried the city.

As you move through the site, your archaeologist guide will bring the old stones to life with stories about the people who used to live here, their lives, beliefs, and customs. You'll learn what they ate and drank, what they did for fun, and why, when Mt Vesuvius started to spray ash into the sky, they made no attempt to evacuate the city. Like all of our services, we only work with 5-star guides on our Pompeii tour. They are carefully chosen for their grasp of history and the ability to interpret it into an almost familiar image.

There is no archaeological site in the world quite like Pompeii and when you see it with Walks, past and present mingle in a tour of epic scope and detail.

  • Sites Visited
  • Plaster death casts
  • Porta Marina
  • The Roman Forum
  • Roman Baths
  • Roman Houses
  • Pompeii's Main Street
  • Ancient shops
  • Brothel
  • Ancient theater
  • Tour Includes
  • Skip the Line Pompeii tickets
  • Expert archaeologist tour guide
  • Small groups of max 15 people
  • Headsets
An old Roman colonnade in Pompeii
The theatre of Pompeii
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Ilaria was a wonderful guide! She was very knowledgeable about the ruins and is clearly passionate about archaeology. Her tour was both funny and informative. I would highly recommend tours with her!

Ilaria was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Pompeii and presented the information as a story, which made the tour very interesting. The headphones are a great improvement over a traditional tour guide commentary. This is our first trip to Italy and we have signed up for several of your tours in different cities. If they all are as well done as this first one, we will be thrilled! Thank you for a great experience. Kathleen Beane


FAQ

Is Pompeii accessible to people in wheelchairs?
The streets of Pompeii have never been repaved or smoothed over so much of the city is nearly impossible to navigate for those with mobility impairments. If you use a wheelchair there is a special route for you, so please contact our customer service department for details.
Can I bring a bag into Pompeii with me?
Only small bags are allowed into Pompeii. Larger bags or backpacks will have to be left in the luggage lockers in the train station. Tripods are also not allowed.
Can I use a wheelchair on this tour?
Yes, but we require advance notice in order to accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. After booking, please contact us so that we can organize a private tour for you. If we cannot find a guide to lead you that day we'll offer you the same tour on the next avaialbe date or give you credit for another tour anywhere else in the world.
What if the weather is bad (rain, snow, hail, etc.) on the day of my tour?
Our tours run rain or shine so please dress for the elements. We also ask you to please remember hats and sunscreen if you are taking this tour in the summer as it might be very hot.