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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

Candace G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Loved the tour. It's a very long day but full of gorgeous scenery, history and good food. Definitely recommend it.

Cindy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent tour we would recommend this to everyone. Our tour guide was amazing, he truly enjoyed his job and the history and stories he told made the trip exciting. Thankyou

janet m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

excellent tour fantastic views of the Bay of Naples walking up Mount Vesuvius. Enjoyed the neapolitan pizza.We loved Pompeii which was a great finish to this great tour.

Domovich1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We just got back from the Vesuvious and Pompei tour and we have to say that it was an extraordinary experience and we owe it to our tour guides. We went with a group of about 16 people and it was with Demitri and Robert. Both were incredibly knowledgeable, but most importantly they were captivating story tellers. On the bus, no one slept but listened astutely and laughed with gusto at the many stories, history, and anecdotes. On the way to Vesuvius there was a car accident a few Km ahead and we lost about an hour in traffic. To make up for it, the tour guides called our lunch restaurant ahead to place our order so that we can be on schedule and yet see the attractions that we wanted to see. They could have simply cut the time out of one of the attractions but instead they came up with a solution. I feel like I would travel with their company city wonders again. As for the attractions they are breath taking. The hike up Mount Vesuvius is gorgeous and filled with Vistas and picture opportunities. How often does one get to climb a volcano? It was a once in a lifetime experience. We were worried about going in mid November to Vesuvius as we read countless stories about adverse weather but it was clear, about 60 degrees, which made it perfect for the walk up. Its 20-30 minutes to the crater if you are in average shape, yes round is a shape . Pompei was really interesting, it was a lot bigger than I expected and so well preserved. You really get a sense of what an ancient city was like. The tourguide we had Enzo was intriguing as well. He took us back to a time whether the ancient city of pompei was bustling with life while we walked and admired the well preserved city.

JAHAN LEENA M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The guide, Andy, was fantastic and informative. We had plenty of opportunities to take photos and take in the views. The itinerary was great - we did not feel rushed. Saw much more with the tour than would have managed by myself. Definitely doing a City Wonders Tour again! :

kelly

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Tour guides were informative and amazing. A really super day.

ptom_01

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Can and #39;t say enough about this one. Our guides Kylie and Dimitry did an great job preparing us for the visit with an informative and entertaining history lesson. The local guide at Pompeii was a hoot. A word of caution about Vesuvius, it and #39;s a steep climb but the good thing is the climb isn and #39;t required.

James W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

My wife, son and I had a great day out. It was fascinating to learn about Pompeii and our tour guide Enzo was extremely engaging the whole time we were there. The afternoon spent climbing Vesuvius was breath taking in more ways than one and all in all it was an unforgettable experience. I'm sure it won't be for everyone, but if you're interested in the subject matter as we were, you'll find going with a good tour guide is the best way to experience it.

Lisa T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was fantastic! Our tour guide Anna was incredible. So friendly and funny. She even took the time at the end of the trip to come and talk to each one of us on the bus to answer personal questions. The hike to the top of Mount Vesuvius was amazing. It's steep, but not very far, so almost anyone would be able to do it. Our tour guide at Pompeii, Enzo, was really wonderful. He provided just enough information, but also periodically gave us free time to explore and take pictures. We were lucky that we went on a day that wasn't very busy and the weather was perfect Nov 16, 2016. I would definitely recommend this day trip to anyone visiting Rome. It was the highlight of our trip!!!

deb c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Anna was a thoroughly entertaining and informative guide who really made this trip fabulous with her great sense of humour. this was further complimented by our wonderful bus driver Masimo and Enzo the very knowledgeable guide at Pompeii - a tour with a great pace and a wonderful way to experience the history of ancient times - would highly recommend

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