We had a week in Rome and wanted to get outside of the city to experience a different side of Italy. This day trip met our expectations and then some. Our guides kept the long bus ride fun and were extremely knowlegable. When we arrived in Pompeii, we were joined by a local guide who was probably more entertaining than factual, though Im sure he could answer any real questions people had. After touring pompeii we stopped for lunch in a restaurant that seems to only cater to tour buses. We had an extremely long wait for our pizzas, causing our schedule to be off for the rest of the day. This was really the only down side and couldnt be helped. The lunch break was great though because that hike up vesuvious was a bit on the tough side. We were given 80 minutes, presumably 30 minutes up, 20 minutes on top and 30 down. Though Im only 29, I have a bad back and needed the full 40 minutes to get up and another 40 to get down. An extra 10 minutes would have been helpful, especially for my husband who would have liked to linger at the crater for a few more minutes. All in all, it was a good day and worth every penny.