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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

The trip was very well-planned and the guides were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Pompeii and Vesuvius.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Although it was a long day, we found this trip to be one of our favorites in the 2 weeks in Italy! Our coach bus was comfortable, the guides extremely knowledgable, but most importantly they were kind and extremely helpful. Pompeii is more than I expected and the hike to the crater of Mt. Vesuvius was a bucket-list kind of activity. Be ready to do quite a bit of walking, but there was plenty of time to rest on the return trip to Rome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I had great time. Meeting point was easy to find and people were there promtply at 7:15. We left very close to our scheduled depart time.

Our guide was Stephanie and she was great. Offered plenty of info and suggestions. Very accomodating.

Tour was planned very well and worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved the walk through the ruins at Pompeii. The guide was great. The walk up Mt Vesuvius was super hard but totally worth it! The pizza lunch was very yummy. Our guides were wonderful and full of information.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Do not miss this trip!! It was the highlight of our Italy trip. The day was so fun, and our tour guides Andy and Sarah were amazing. They made a 2 hour bus trip very entertaining! The lunch was some of the best pizza we had while in Italy. It is a long day, but completely worth it. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Super! The itinerary, tour guides -- Anna and Julia, and the driver -- Norman are great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I can't fault this tour, it was an amazing experience! Be prepared for the walk up the volcano, was a bit more strenuous than I expected but luckily you have free time to do it at your own pace.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had an amazing time! Our guides were incredible. Knowledgeable, courteous, funny. The bus drive up Vesuvius was rough. If you get carsick at all, be careful. The hike up the rest is very steep. A 30 incline most of the way so bring good tennis shoes, and depending on the season, a jacket. The views are spectacular. Julio and Martonella were great. Their English is amazing, which is a huge help when I've only nailed down about 5 words in Italian. Alfredo was our guide in Pompeii. He had SO much information for us. He's fluent in at least 4 languages! My friend and I enjoyed all the sarcastic and funny comments he made during the tour. We loved this trip. It's a long, full day. But I've been waiting years to see Pompeii, and it was beyond worth it. If you have a chance, take a recovery day after this trip. We certainly are.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great day out well worth the money. Lunch was excellent one of the best pizzas I've had. The tour guides were very informative and very interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a fantastic time on the Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius tour. The guides were lovely, hilarious and informative. The local guide we had at Pompeii also was just great.
The whole day was very enjoyable and I would highly recommend this to anyone going to Rome!

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