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  • Hours: Apr - Oct: 8:30am-7:30pm, Nov - Mar: 8:30am-5pm
  • Admission: Free
Pompeii has attracted tourists from all over the world since its ruins were discovered in the 19th century. Once a vibrant port full of wealthy Romans with a passion for theater and brothels, Pompeii became a city lost in time after Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, covering the city in volcanic ash, preserving its remains.

Pompeii was a large town, with 15,000 residents, so there is a lot to see when walking around the ruins. Even to this day they're still excavating undiscovered features of the town.

Be sure to pay a visit to Pompeii's large theater, numerous temples and the markets. For a more unusual experience, head to the brothels (Pompeii has more brothels than temples!). In the wall of each room you’ll find a painting of a different sex act. The residents of Pompeii, business minded as they were, put these up for the aid of foreign travelers who had docked in the port for the night, so that they could just point at what they wanted without negotiating a language barrier.

Practical Info

Pompeii is only 17 miles (28 km) from Naples and can be accessed by local train, which runs every 30 minutes. However, the best way to see Pompeii is by taking one of the guided Pompeii tours from Naples or a Pompeii day tour from Rome (130 mi / 209 km). You'll get a knowledgeable guide who can (literally) walk you through Pompeii's historical context, as well as helping you to avoid the busiest parts of the town.

Many of the tours offered also provide a trip to the crater of Mt Vesuvius, which most recently erupted during a bombing campaign in World War II, so make sure you pick the right one to make the most of your journey.

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Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples

4.5 star rating: Recommended 787 Reviews

Experience legendary Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius, the only active volcano in continental Europe, on this fully guided day trip from Naples. Visit Pompeii’s ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.77

Half-Day Pompeii Sightseeing Trip from Sorrento

4 star rating: Recommended 146 Reviews

No visit to southern Italy would be complete without a visit to the unique ruins of Pompeii, and this tour is perfect if you're short of time. Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.71

Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Day Trip from Naples

4 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

Leave Naples to explore the ancient city of Pompeii with a guide, and then drink in Amalfi Coast’s beauty from the comfort of your luxury coach! This full-day ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.51

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1728 Reviews

Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $167.90

Pompeii Half-day Trip from Naples

4.5 star rating: Recommended 308 Reviews

Discover the ancient Roman city of Pompeii — a UNESCO World Heritage site — on this 3-hour tour from Naples. Following your hotel pickup and onward minibus ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.68

Naples and Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

4 star rating: Recommended 1600 Reviews

Combine a trip to Naples with a tour of Pompeii’s ruins on a full-day excursion from Rome! From the comfort of your coach, see the sights of Naples, admiring ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $152.87

Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples

4 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Visit the ruins of two fossilized ancient towns – Pompeii and Herculaneum – in one day on this must-do tour from Naples! After exploring Pompeii’s ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.77

Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento Including Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Visit the fascinating archeological ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum on this leisurely paced day trip from Sorrento. Hear about the infamous eruption of Mt ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.83

Naples City and Pompeii Half Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 101 Reviews

See Southern Italy's highlights in one day on this combined Naples and Pompeii sightseeing tour. Visit top Naples attractions including Naples Cathedral, the ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.71

Pompeii and Sorrento Day Trip from Naples

4 star rating: Recommended 46 Reviews

Discover the ancient, UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Pompeii and the beautiful small town of Sorrento with a local guide on this day trip from Naples. ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.51

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