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Overview

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

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A pizza lunch in Naples is included in the price of this tour—a rare perk.

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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.

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r
, Jan 2019

Because the tour leaves from Rome you're going to spend about 5 hours of the day on a bus and burn another half hour at a pair of bathroom stops on the way. Add in another hour+ for lunch and you're down to about 5 hours of a 12 hour day. Subtract some more time for herding cats (you and the other 47 tourists) and explanations of what is happening and that leaves roughly 4 hours to see Pompeii and either Naples (November through March) or Mt Vesuvius (rest of the year), which isn't nearly enough time. The 2 guides ferrying our group down from Rome weren't the ones doing the tour at Pompeii and instead a guide with extensive knowledge of the history and the ins/outs of seeing the ruins handled everything inside of the site. We walked past a lot of things I would have liked to have spent time on....but with only 2 hours in Pompeii it isn't possible to see it all. We got a good overview with some small details because that is what the tour is. If you want to spend more time in the fascinating ruins, you'll need to spend the night in Naples and start first thing in the morning. If you're in Rome and want to go to Pompeii, this type of tour is pretty much your only option. If you do decide to go to Naples be aware that you'll need to do more than just catch the train at Termini to reach the ruins. If you instead do the bus tour I'd suggest bringing some headphones and listening to some music so you have options beyond listening to the guides telling you how to avoid tourist traps in Rome.

V
, Dec 2018

Very informative and insightful tour of Pompeii. Mt Vesuvius is not available during the winter, but took a stroll through Naples instead. Tour guides were very knowledgeable and provided a lot of fun facts during the bus ride to and from Rome. Tour guide at Pompeii was equally informative and answered all of our questions and inquiries. I would highly recommend this tour.

S
, Dec 2018

Tour of Pompei was amazing with a local expert giving a guided tour. The stops along the way were pretty average and over priced in my opinion. Robert, our tour guide was amazing and gave us so much information about almost everything to do with Italy

j
, Nov 2018

The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The whole day was well organized and Chiara and Anze, our guides, were very accommodating and funny, we learned a lot about the history of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. All in all, I could say we got our money's worth. I highly recommend this excursion.

f
, Nov 2018

We visited Naples and Pompeii on this tour. Enjoyed it very much. Our “fairy godmothers” - Angela and Louise were both very knowledgable and helpful. Went above and beyond in my opinion.This was my 2nd time in Pompeii and still totally enjoyed it.

J
, Nov 2018

The two main things were visited were great. It was a good climb up to the rim of the volcano. The views of Naples and Capri alone made it worth it. The ruins ar Pompeii were amazing and the local guide really gave you feel of what Roman life was like. Only things I’d criticize were the lunch meal and the main guide’s insistence on only scheduled bathroom breaks. The “Napoli” pizza was probably the worst I’ve ever had in Italy. There are numerous free bathrooms within Pompeii but the guide told people to wait until we left where it was a pay bathroom. That also meant it was - 2.5 hours between bathroom breaks.

Q
, Oct 2018

Wonderful trip! Great itinerary, great tour guide and gorgeous weather!! A perfect day away from Rome and completing our 11 day vacation in Italy .

L
, Oct 2018

What a great tour!! It is a long bus ride to and from Pompeii, but they do a comfort stop about halfway which was very nice. Pompeii was absolutely amazing!! We had Mikala as our main tour guide and Anna as our tour guide of Pompeii itself. Anna was very knowledgeable and passionate and showed us so many amazing things! Lots of walking on stones and such. Important to wear shoes good for this. We were not able to go to Mount Vesuvius because of a landslide. They took us to a museum instead and we saw artifacts from everyday life. It was a great experience and we highly recommend it!

r
, Oct 2018

Unfortunately we were unable to see Mt. Vesuvius and probably would have booked a different tour had we known this ahead of time. Prior to our day trip Rome/Italy had experienced a copious amount of rain that made getting to Mt. Vesuvius dangerous for tour busses.

Our first stop was Pompeii. We had two guides on the bus, Marco and Dimitri. When we got to Pompeii we had a new guide. All three guides seemed to be obsessed with male genitalia, just FYI. Pompeii was really interesting. Such tragic history that they have worked so hard to uncover. I wouldn't have missed Pompeii for anything. The guide could have been better though.

Once we were done touring Pompeii we were literally rushed to the bus to head to lunch. We weren't given time to stop and look at the souvenir shops that are set up outside of the ruins. I would have loved to peruse. Fortunately, lunch was nice. We ate lunch about 15 minutes away from Pompeii were we all got our choice of pizza toppings.

After lunch we went to Naples and visited the National Archaeological Museum. This is where we went instead of Mt. Vesuvius. It had interesting Egyptian and Greek exhibits. And apparently, according to one of our guides who was obsessed, a Secret Cabinet.

In short, this day trip could have been much better.

J
, Oct 2018

Claudia was wonderful - she was personable and knowledgable. Our local guide at Pompeii was also terrific and knowledgable. Sadly Vesuvius was closed, but there's nothing the tour company could do about that. Instead we went into Naples to the museum where Pompeii artifacts are displayed - after days in Rome seeing statues and frescoes we could have just as easily skipped it, but the model of Pompeii really impressed how much was buried and what remains to uncover.The provided lunch (pizza) wasn't bad, but the facility itself was interesting - packed us in like sardines and it was uncomfortably hot. All in all it's a good tour but a long 13 hour day. There's a stop each way between Rome and Pompeii, at the same rest area that includes restrooms, snack bar, and a plethora of "only in Italy" items for sale. We totally burned a lot of time on those stops (as well as the lunch location) that we would have preferred not to waste.


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