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Pompeii, the Movie

By Viator, January 2014

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Pompeii, the ancient Roman city that was buried in volcanic ash and therefore preserved for modern explorers, is one of Italy's most popular attractions. With all the historic monuments throughout Italy, it's still hard to beat being able to walk down Roman roads, putting the soles of your shoes into the deep ruts carved by centuries of wagon wheels. This is no museum piece – this was real, everyday Roman life, and it's here for you to see firsthand today.

The challenge, however, is that the blast from Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. did more than just bury Pompeii – it ripped through streets and buildings, destroying much of what was in the way. So while the city is marvelously intact compared to some ruins elsewhere, it still requires a vivid imagination (and the help of an expert tour guide) to recreate images of what the city must have looked like before the eruption.

The film “Pompeii,” scheduled to be released in February 2014, will give you some mental pictures to take on your trip – beautiful computerized renderings of the bustling city, used as the backdrop for a fictional love story. After seeing the movie, a visit to the excavated city will be even more meaningful, as you will likely be more able to picture people walking down the streets, living in the buildings, and talking in the forum.

Pompeii is a massive archaeological site – it can easily take an entire day's worth of sightseeing on a day trip from Naples or Rome if you let it – and sometimes it's difficult to know why one building is more important than the others around it. Going on a guided tour of Pompeii means you'll be led to the most important finds at the site, and you'll have a picture painted for you of what the ruined buildings once looked like. And since you can't watch the “Pompeii” movie while you're taking the tour – or any other documentary recreating the ancient city, for that matter – the descriptions provided by a good guide can be especially helpful.

Pompeii is an ideal day trip from Naples. You can combine a visit to Pompeii with a stop at nearby Herculaneum (a wealthier Roman city also buried by Vesuvius, it's a smaller site that is better preserved and less touristy) or even a hike onto Mount Vesuvius itself. In nice weather, you may want to go with a tour of Pompeii followed by a trip to the Amalfi Coast before heading back to Naples.

Taking a day trip to Pompeii from Rome is a longer excursion, but it can definitely be done with a well-organized tour – and if you don't plan to go south of Rome on your trip, this may be your only opportunity to see the ancient city. And if you're aching to try modern Naples' claim to worldwide fame – pizza – then choose a tour that combines a visit to Naples with a walk through Pompeii.

There are plenty of options for guided tours of Pompeii, either on its own or in combination with another nearby attraction – and you won't regret the investment of time to see one of Italy's most famous sights.

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Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2312 Reviews

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 13 hours

From USD $153.15

Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1063 Reviews

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $102.87

Pompeii Half-day Trip from Naples

4.5 star rating: Recommended 394 Reviews

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $66.29

Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples

4 star rating: Recommended 67 Reviews

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 8 hours

From USD $102.87

Half-Day Pompeii Sightseeing Trip from Sorrento

4 star rating: Recommended 219 Reviews

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $80.01

Private Tour: Pompeii Half-Day Trip from Naples

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $34.38

Mt Vesuvius Half-Day Trip from Naples

4 star rating: Recommended 55 Reviews

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $68.58

Rome to Pompeii Shuttle Bus & Independent Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 572 Reviews

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 12 hours

From USD $77.72

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