This day trip was superb. Although it was a long day, it was worth every minute. Our tour guides, Antonella and Violet, and bus driver Antonio were just great. Seeing the sights in Pompeii was extremely interesting and the bus ride/hike to the top of Vesuvius was just so beautiful and exciting. The spectacular views at the top of the volcano made the trek to the top well worthwhile. To be prepared for the heat and hike, wear comfortable, closed toed shoes, take the walking stick offered at the beginning of the hike up Vesuvius and bring or buy an ample supply of water. All the members of my family of 5, including three teenagers, had a great day. We were in Rome for a week and this was an excellent way to get out of the city, see some of the countryside, and have one in lifetime experiences that we will always remember.
I am so glad that we took this tour. We were in Rome in August and with the heat and crowds, seeing the sights of ancient Rome would really have been a chore if it had not been for this tour. Our guide, Stella, was wonderful. Not only did we bypass the enormous lines to get into the colosseum but she provided us with so much information about the colosseum and ancient Rome that we never would have known if we just wandered around by ourselves. In addition to the colosseum, the tour of the other sights in ancient Rome was very enjoyable and informative. If you go during the summer, be prepared for the extreme heat by bringing an ample supply of water to get you through the 3 hour walk. Definitely a worthwhile tour.