Take a day out of your Rome vacation to get acquainted with Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii. This day trip to Pompeii includes a steady-paced hike up Mt. Vesuvius (summer only) or a visit to Naples when Vesuvius is closed in winter, plus a pizza in Naples and a tour of the UNESCO-listed digs at Pompeii. Hear the history from a local guide and admire artifacts that date back to the infamous Mt. Vesuvius eruption of AD 79.
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
Experience the world-famous Neapolitan pizza
In the winter season (late November to March), enjoy a visit to the City of Naples, with its regal architecture and timeless traditions, all set against the backdrop of Mt. Vesuvius
Why Travellers Choose This Tour
A pizza lunch in Naples is included in the price of this tour—a rare perk.
Hop aboard your coach at Piazza del Popolo in Rome, and travel south in air-conditioned comfort to Italy’s Campania region. As you travel, listen to tales about the colorful southern Italian area and Mt Vesuvius. After the volcano’s infamous AD 79 eruption, lava and volcanic ash destroyed the cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii. Evidence of those ancient streams of lava is still evident in the area, and your guide will show them as you travel. Step out of your coach for a steady-paced, 20-minute walk to Mt Vesuvius’ summit, from where the most breathtaking views await. Make your way over trails covered in pumice rock and ash, before some free time to gaze down into the caldera and across the Bay of Naples. Walk back down with your guide, and then head into Naples for a lunch of traditional pizza. From Naples, journey further south to complete your day trip from Rome to Pompeii. Once a thriving Roman city; today the town is best known for its UNESCO-listed archaeological digs, which are home to a wealth of relics. See incredibly preserved fossils and other ruins, plus plaster imprints of the town’s victims who were buried for years. See the remains of the Forum and Teatro Grande, were some 5,000 people could once be seated. From your Pompeii tour guide, hear about day-to-day life for the Pompeii locals as you wander streets where ancient shops, cafes and even brothels could be found. Finally, head back to Rome by coach and finish with a drop-off at the start point. Please note: Mt Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 20 to March 31. During this time, the hike is replaced with a visit to the iconic City of Naples. We’ll take a panoramic bus tour and have some free time to walk around the city centre.
Reviews by Viator travellers
Trip made excellent by our Tour Guide
, Jul 2019
Our City Wonder tour guide, Robert M. was fantastic. He’s very knowledgeable, speaks English very well, very engaging and passionate about his work! I hope all tour guides would be like him. Our driver, Sylvia, was also great! Made our trip safe! Her driving skills navigating the steep hills going to Mt Vesuvius was pretty amazing. Also our guide in Pompei, Mikael was also fantastic. No matter how hot the weather was & how busy it was in Pompei, he managed to explain all the things he needed to tell us! Overall wonderful experience with this particular tour and our tour guides and driver!
We arrived to the meeting location less than five minutes late and the person checking us in was very rude and not at all understanding about the fact that I needed to open my email to show him the voucher which he didn't need anyways. Our guide, Matteo, was great! He let us sleep for most of the ride to Pompeii, but woke us up just in time to provide us with some facts about the area while arriving in Pompeii. The local tour guide from Pompeii was wonderful, but the tour didn't leave any time leftover to explore on your own. You had maybe ten minutes to explore inside Pompeii on your own at most. The lunch was very good, but there were only three options for pizza, which is something to be aware of. The hike to Mt Vesuvius was a little bit difficult. There is a trail, but the trail is made of very small gravel, which made it difficult to walk up a lot of the hill (think like the consistency of sand). On the trip home, Matteo provided us with info on Rome and plenty of suggestions for places to explore and places to eat.
Glad to have made this choice over Naples and Pompeii. Something totally different! But it is quite a hike - the slope was more like 40 degrees, NOT 14 as put in the description. Views from the top were amazing. There are numerous stops along the way with awesome views also. Hiking sticks were helpful and you just give a tip when returning.
Lunch was glorious - choose the margerita one! the best!
Pompeii was awesome as our guide Elena.
Our overall tour guide Angela was awesome and regaled us with history lessons along the way. Our driver Antonio was an expert at driving through those winding roads to/from Mt. Vesuvius.
What a great day! Angela was very knowledgeable and entertaining! The day was very well organized with just enough time at every stop to see the essential. I would highly recommend this tour! Our driver Antonio was also excellent! Thanks for a great day!
Don't go in July/August! Other than that this was a really informative and fascinating tour. There was little to no shade and a lot of people on the tour decided to go and wait on the coach instead of actually go round Pompeii. The tour was quite quick around Pompeii so I felt like there was a lot more to look at so if you want time to explore at your leisure, maybe do a longer tour. Mount Vesuvius was amazing and the included lunch was delicious.
We took the trip on July 9, 2019 with City Wonders. The tour was very well organised. From the very beginning, our tour guide Mikaela was very knowledgeable, funny and tactful. We received all information as needed, as well as timely well deserved rest on the way back. We would definitely recommend this tour. The best part for us was the hike to the top of Mtn. Vesuvius, though the delicious lunch break with Neapolitan pizza and visit to Pompei were equally impressive.
Ruins of Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Day Trip from Rome
, Jul 2019
We had a great time on this day trip from Rome. The day started at 7:30 AM from Rome with an approximately 3-hour bus ride to Mt. Vesuvius. There is a stop half way through the trip so you will have the opportunity to get breakfast if you are unable to do so before the 7:30 AM departure. Our guide, Shaun, was great. He is very knowledgeable about the history / facts and he also had a great sense of humor. The climb up to Mt. Vesuvius was great - it took us about an hour round trip and had the opportunity to take great pictures at the summit. I caution everyone not to use a new pair of shoes on this trek, as the path is mostly soil and gravel (so you're shoes can get very dirty). The pizza lunch at Naples was great, but I would suggest that you get seated right away and be the first ones to be served so as not to rush. They give you more than enough food. The tour of the Ruins of Pompeii was also great. Our tour guide, Willie, was very informative and funny. The tour took about two hours, with a lot of opportunities to take pictures. We headed back to Rome around 4:45 PM, and made the same stop on the way back to get refreshments and also sample some local products. We were back in Rome around 7:45 PM. I highly recommend this day trip if you have the extra time.
We were not happy about the small amount of time that we had to tour Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius. We were only given 45 minutes for Vesuvius. Almost as much time that was spent at the horrific over priced rest stop that we were taken too