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

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

If you take one day trip from Rome, make it an action-packed excursion that combines a hike up Mount Vesuvius with exploration of the Pompeii ruins, plus a lunch of traditional pizza in Naples. Your trek up the volcano is at a steady pace, and includes a walk along the crater ridge so you can gaze deep into the caldera. Take a break for a midday meal in Naples, and then head to Pompeii to see the incredibly preserved fossils and artifacts that date back to AD 79, when Mount Vesuvius erupted. It’s a fascinating, first-hand look at ancient history.

Between November 1 and March 8, Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible. During this time, you will not hike the volcano, but rather tour the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.


  • Day trip to Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii from Rome with an expert guide
  • Hike up the side of the volcano and walk along its ridge, gazing into the crater
  • Drink in dramatic views over the Bay of Naples
  • Visit Naples to enjoy its acclaimed pizza for lunch
  • Explore the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii in place of Mount Vesuvius (November 1 - March 8)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The hike to the crater of Mt Vesuvius is rewarded by phenomenal views and the guide for the Pompeii tour really brings the ruins to life. Stopping in Naples for pizza is a wonderful break from an active day.

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What You Can Expect

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Walk up Mount Vesuvius on your day trip from Rome!

Head to Rome’s Piazza del Popolo to meet your guide and board your luxury, air-conditioned coach. As you make your way south to the Campania area of Italy, your entertaining guide will regale you with stories about the region and its notorious volcano, Mount Vesuvius.

When Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, its lava flows and ash completely decimated two thriving towns: Pompeii and Herculaneum. The scars of the ancient lava flows are still visible, and your guide will point them out as you drive to the foothills. The most magical views of Mount Vesuvius are from the top of the crater, reached via a 20-minute walk at a steady pace along a trail covered in pumice stone and soft volcanic ash.

You’ll have some leisure time to peer into the caldera and snap photos of the crater and panoramic vistas that include the Bay of Naples. Continue your tour by walking down the volcano for the short trip to Naples to enjoy a traditional pizza lunch.

Finally, motor south to Pompeii. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but nearly 2,000 years ago it was a flourishing city. This fascinating, well-preserved archeological site was “discovered” in the 18th century, and it features well-preserved ruins and fossils, as well as plaster death casts of the volcano’s victims, who laid beneath volcanic ash for hundreds and hundreds of years.

Your guide will point out the ruins of the Forum and Teatro Grande, a theater that once seated more than 5,000 people. You’ll also learn what daily life was like for the residents of Pompeii by exploring the sites where restaurants, shops and brothels once stood.

Once you’ve toured the excavation site, you’ll return to Rome via coach, finishing your excursion in the early evening at your starting point in the city.

Please note: From November 1 till March 8, Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible. If you take the tour during these months, your hike up Vesuvius is substituted with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii. With an impressive collection of excavated Pompeii artifacts, statues and artwork, the museum is a wonderful complement to a Pompeii visit.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic. Took three teenage boys and they loved it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guides Julio and Antonella were very informative and kept us amused throughout. The journey was long 3 hours but felt shorter owing to their anecdotes and historical/geographical facts. Thankfully the bad weather during the coaches' ascent up the volcano disappeared by the time we reached the summit and the view of both Vesuvius and Naples was breathtaking. The climb to the crater is fairly steep but there are great views from the coach park should you be feeling less energetic. Pompeii was beautiful and the level of preservation incredible. You could spend hours there and not see everything. Our stops for breakfast and lunch were in similarly scenic locations and the food was good. I really have no complaints.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was wonderful the guides Andrea and Julio made it so exciting enjoyed Wellworth had a fabulous time in Pompeii would recommend highly

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

OMG... climbing Mt. Vesuvius was fantastic!! What a way to see Naples from above... and the Pompeii visit was fascinating... Our bus guides were fun and very informative. They always made us feel welcome and kept us comfortable illuminated during our trip. It was long but well worth it. Thank you!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This 5 star rating is more for the location and sites than the tour itself. Although the City Wonders operating company guides simply passed us off to another tour guide at Pompeii, they managed to be sincere, helpful and knowledgeable. I definitely recommend this to any history buffs. The views from the top of Mount Vesuvius were incredible!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A fantastic tour which was extremely well organised. The guides were very informative both during the transfers and also at the Pompeii site. We really enjoyed the whole day which went seemed to go very quickly even through it was a long day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic trip, specially the tour guides.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very good -- the guides and tour was very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Absolute highlight of our trip to Italy! Not to be missed. Kids were ecstatic. The whole day well spent. Don't be too excited about pizza at Naples though:
We had a clear view from Mount Vesuvius to Naples and it's amazing. Pompeii is huge, you can be lost there and unbelievably well preserved. As I said... NOT TO BE MISSED

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What a wonderful day! The tour guide and bus driver were excellent. The tour of Pompeii was fascinating and Mount Vesuvius was amazing. The view from the top of Mount Vesuvius was incredible. This was my husband's favorite tour that we took. we will definitely recommend this to our friends.

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