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Take a day out of your Rome vacation to get acquainted with Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii. This exciting day trip to Pompeii includes a steady-paced hike up Mt Vesuvius (summer only) or a visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Pompeii, 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.

Highlights

  • 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 Napolitan pizza
  • Explore the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii in place of Mount Vesuvius (November 16 - March 31)

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 for a 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!

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 16 – March 31. During this time, the hike is replaced with a walking tour of the National Archaeological Museum of Pompeii. The site is home to an array of relics, excavations and art from Pompeii.

Customer Reviews

Paris Family ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic tour that included climbing Mt. Vesuvius...an unforgettable experience! The group was small, and our guide, Manuel was exceptional!

danlhow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved the tour - guides were great - lunch was yummy....would do it again!

Claudia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

13 hours sounds like a long trip for 3 children 9 and 11, but they really enjoyed it. The bus stops after 1 1/2 hours both ways, providing a nice break. Walking up Vesuvius was a wonderful experience - especially for my husband, a geology fan. Pompeii was very interesting. We were glad we took this tour.

Andrew L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I had a wonderful tour to Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius. The trip was well organised the the tour guides were exemplary in their knowledge and enthusiasm to make sure we had an enjoyable and engaging tour. Alessandra the allocated guide for our group was fantastic. Loved Pompeii and all it had to offer, the tour guide who showed us around Pompeii brought to life what we were seeing through her knowledge and the way she shared that with us. It was nice to have a break for lunch in a restaurant. The walk up Vesuvius to the top was a good hard walk with a breathtaking reward at the top. On the trip back to Rome our tour guides continued to engage with us and checked to see if we needed any assistance on our return to Rome. City Wonders provided a tour that was well worth the money, I highly recommend the trip.

Susan W United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our trip to Pompeii was a highlight of our visit to Rome. The guides who spent the day with us, and the Neapolitan guide who joined us for Pompeii itself, were all excellent. The trip was very well organized, including an excellent pizza lunch at a real, sit-down restaurant that was ready to receive 100 guests all at once. The city of Pompeii was extensively excavated and fascinating. Hiking up Mt. Vesuvius on a hot day was exhausting but worth the effort!

Heather D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a great tour...starting in Rome, climbing Mt. Vesuvius and then of course Pompeii! We couldn't have asked for anything better. The guides were knowledgeable and made the day one of our vacation highlights! Thanks

KELLY G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

our tour guides for the day Andy and Claudia were amazing, lots of superb information, not just regarding our trip for that day, but lots of other information all about the city of Rome. Very friendly and welcomming.

Daniel J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

With out a doubt the best tour you could book. Was amazing from start to finish. First the bus journey down to Pompeii was long but the tour guides gave us till the first stop to get some sleep due to the early start which was nice. The second leg of the journey they talked to us about the surrounding area the history and also the plan for the day. Mt Vesuvius incredible the climb up was tough but the views were amazing, we didn't feel rushed or pressured to hurry back so gave us plenty of time to get up there which was nice as my partner suffers from a heart problems so she didn't have to rush and make herself ill. From there the lunch was nice getting to try pizza from Naples the place where it came from.
Pompeii was the highlight seeing the ruins and getting a very informative guide who let us explore and gave us lots information. We again weren't rushed about or made to hurry along they let us go at our pace and enough it. And lastly the bus ride back to Rome was nice before entering the city again the guides came round the bus and talked to us individually and asked us if we needed any advice or tips about Rome. This I felt was a nice touch as we asked about restaurant suggestions they had along with things to do that aren't on guide books and they gave us there local knowledge. Would recommend to anyone that wan't to experience what can only be described as a breath taking tour. Thanks Sara for the tour.

Lorraine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a great tour. Fascinating to see what could be excavated after the devastating volcanic eruption. The view from Mt. Vesuvius was beautiful--make sure you do the hike to the top.

Nancy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Beyond beautiful. The guides were WONDERFUL.

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