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Private Tour: Pompeii Half-Day Trip from Naples

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Overview

Go back in time two millennia on this intriguing half-day private guided walking tour of Pompeii from Naples. Get the most out of your visit to this incredibly preserved Roman city, which has been frozen since Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Some of the highlights include the Forum, a theater, a ‘fast food’ restaurant, and even a brothel. Your private guide will illustrate Pompeii’s tragic fate through captivating stories, facts, and anecdotes while taking you to the main highlights of the place. Choose to have the guide show you around or opt for the transportation-only option, giving the chance to check out Pompeii on your own. 
  • Private tour of Pompeii with round-trip private transport from Naples
  • Explore the fascinating archaeological remnants of Pompeii with a private guide
  • Learn about the devastating Mt Vesuvius eruption in the 1st century that wiped out the entire city
  • Visit the House of Vetti, the thermal baths, the Lupanare brothel and more
  • Transport-only option available for those who prefer to explore Pompeii independently
  • Choose a morning or afternoon tour
On August 24 in the year 79 AD, nearly 2,000 years ago, the volcano Mt. Vesuvius began erupting. It blanketed the nearby town of Pompeii, freezing the 20,000 denizens with its ash and molten lava, thus perfectly preserving this ancient Roman city. On this half-day guided walking tour, you can see the best that the archeological site has to offer. 

After your driver picks you up from your hotel in Naples, the railway station in Naples, or the Naples cruise terminal, enjoy the ride to Pompeii, roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) away. 

Meet your guide at the entrance and prepare to be dazzled by this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the city walls and the Porta Marina gate that was once the entryway to the harbor of Pompeii. Explore the ancient theater where performances were regularly given. Gawk at what once was a Roman version of a ‘fast food’ restaurant, where vast vases still stand that were used for storing food. Stop at the Forum and learn about the political system in Pompeii and what the Forum was used for. Walk down the basalt-laden streets and squares of the city. 

See the blocks that provided stepping-stones across the often-flooded and sewage-filled streets; and view must-sees such as the Temple of Apollo, the Macellum market, and the public weighing scales.

And, intriguingly, see the casts of victims who were immediately frozen by the volcanic eruption. Stop by the thermal baths, a popular pastime in ancient Roman times. And even visit an old brothel, also a much-enjoyed proclivity among Roman men. 

Transport-Only Option: If you prefer to explore the Pompeii ruins independently, the transport-only option offers private round-trip transportation from Naples and lets you spend time in Pompeii on your own. Your driver will wait for you while you wander around Pompeii for a couple of hours and then take you back to Naples. There is also an audio guide available (additional cost).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Driver and Guide option: Your driver will pick you up from your Naples hotel, the Naples railway station or the Naples cruise terminal at your selected departure time and take you to Pompeii, located about 30 minutes away. Here, you’ll be greeted by your private guide and given an introduction to Pompeii. On your 2-hour visit of this famous archaeological site, you’ll learn about what happened here one fateful summer’s day in 79 AD, when Mt Vesuvius erupted and volcanic ash spewed over the entire city. Unaware of the imminent danger, most people continued on with their daily lives and, as a result, the entire town and around 20,000 of its inhabitants were buried under tons of ash and pumice. Nearly 2,000 years later, you can explore the site of this infamous disaster and see first-hand the houses, streets and public buildings miraculously preserved by the volcanic ash. Your private guide, an expert archaeologist, will take you on a private tour of the excavated city, which offers a snapshot of 1st-century Roman life frozen at the moment Pompeii was buried. Explore fascinating sites such as the forum, the thermal baths, several houses and villas, the Lupanare brothel and the House of Vetti with its beautiful frescoes. After your visit to Pompeii, you’ll have some free time to explore more on your own before hopping in the car and heading back to Naples. Driver Only Option: If you prefer to explore the Pompeii ruins independently, the transport-only option offers private round-trip transportation from Naples and lets you spend time in Pompeii on your own. Your driver will wait for you while you wander around Pompeii for a couple of hours, and then take you back to Naples. There is also an audio guide available (additional cost).
Duration: 2 hours 
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Private Tour: Pompeii Half-Day Trip from Naples
Carole H
, Jul 2019
I truly enjoyed our half-day trip to Pompeii. This particular tour through Project Napoli Service worked very well for my family because they were able to pick us up close to our rented villa and bring us back to that location. To clarify, our villa was on a pedestrian only street so we did have to arrange to meet the driver at the corner of our street. Our driver was Jean Franc. He was pleasant and helped us meet up with our tour guide. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and very helpful as one in our party is in a wheelchair. I would recommend this tour!
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I have always wanted to see Pompeii...
Frederick B
, May 2018
I have always wanted to see Pompeii. Good weather is a blessing, so we were very fortunate. Our guide was wonderful, Lilli R. For some reason i thought that Pompeii would be frozen in time, with people frozen in place. Due to weather and in order to preserve, all has been sealed inside glass. The vivid fright and shock is so real. Make sure you go early so that you miss the crowds. We paid extra for a private tour and it was worth EVERY penny.
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Loved the tour! So happy with our...
tlavine
, Nov 2017
Loved the tour! So happy with our Driver and our Tour Guide!
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Absolute "rip off" you promote pick...
MARTIN F
, Nov 2017
Absolute "rip off" you promote pick up and your own guide ( both of which were excellent) pay big sum of money for this, then when you get to meet your guide she tells you that you can't go into Pompeii until you all pay another 14 euros each BE WARNED entrance is EXTRA yes ON TOP of what you pay !!!
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The trip to Pompeii was wonderful...
foreverday
, Oct 2017
The trip to Pompeii was wonderful. We were picked up at the Naples train station and transported to Pompeii for our tour. We had a small group and our tour guide was very thorough, informative and accommodating. On the return trip we were able to be dropped off at a museum so they were flexible in pick up and drop off locations.
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Amazing tour and guide. Well worth...
Lisa D
, Sep 2017
Amazing tour and guide. Well worth the money spent for it to be a private tour - so much to see. All quite fascinating.
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Our driver and tour guide were...
Peter H
, Aug 2017
Our driver and tour guide were great. We had a delay with being able to get off our cruise ship but they still made sure we were able to complete the tour. Lily, our tour guide, was very informative and took us to the more interesting parts of Pompei. A very interesting place to visit.
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Pompeii is truly an amazing site...
saragriggs03
, Oct 2016
Pompeii is truly an amazing site - which is why this review gets two stars instead of one. It is incredible to see how people lived so very long ago. Unfortunately, it was absolutely overrun with tours. Our tour guide was not friendly, ran through the talking points in an annoyed and bored tone. Her knowledge was tourist pamphlet level at best. She was just going through the motions. At the end she tried to say good bye to us without showing us the main square where the famous petrified dog is and other artifacts. It was a very hot day and I hate to say it but her body odor was unbearable. We had to hold our pamphlets in front of our faces to avoid the smell. Our driver from Naples to Pompeii and back was very friendly and helpful.
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Wonderful Tour guide and Tour. Private...
Marc C
, Oct 2016
Wonderful Tour guide and Tour. Private Tour is the way to see Pompeii.
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Simply great. A beautiful big, shiny...
Eve L
, Apr 2016
Simply great. A beautiful big, shiny car picked us up from our hotel and took us to Pompeii with our lovely guide. She spoke excellent English and was very well informed, enthusiastic and friendly too. We learned a lot and enoyed the whole tour very much.

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