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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

Virginia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We loved this tour. Our guides were brilliant and kept us entertained throughout the bus trip with lots of great stories and information. The tour was well paced, lunch was generous and delicious, and everything ran smoothly. Highly recommended.

stephen c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

tour guilds are fantastic

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was excellent from beginning to end. Organisation was efficient, guides there and back were great and the tour guide funny and knowledgeable. Really enjoyable day, the highlight of our trip to Rome.

Aldona1909 United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

What an experience!!!
Extremely well organized, meeting point in one of the main Rome tourist points. Tour guides Alessandra and Roberto were the most amazing, fun, engaging and informative guides I've ever come across sooooo committed and passionate , great customer care, well beyond extra mile !! My top 3 world tours after Great wall of Chine and Alcatraz. Worth every penny, quite intense all day adventure, lots to see and explore, original Neapolitan super sized lunch provided!!

Kingshuk B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great day long day out. You get to see and experience so much. Kids learnt a massive amount of history regarding Pompeii. The Pizza stop over was amazing, however be prepared for a lot of walking, especially up the mountain

mariaedna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Really loved this tour. The trip to Mt Vesuvius was the best! My kids really had fun in this tour. Also, the margherita pizza was delicious.

Emogene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Amazing tour of both Vesuvirus and Pompeii. Even though we were held up by traffic on the motorway, our wonderful guides were able to make up the time so that we got to see all of Pompeii. We also had time to climb to the top of Vesuvius to see the smoke coming out of the vents and the lovely Bay of Capri. Pompeii was astounding in revealing life so many years ago. It shouldn't be missed. All 3 of our guides were fantastic. They even stopped to talk to all of us on the ride back to Rome.

Kelly R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Melanie was a fantastic tour guide, and this was a fantastic tour! She was completely attentive to our needs, knew our names, provided a very personal experience. She was vastly knowledgeable and told great stories on a multitude of subjects. ONe of the best tour guides I've ever had, and I do A LOT of tours. Pompeii is simply amazing and a total must-see in Italy. Naples pizza is a favorite- get the magherita- and try the limoncello. Take this tour. You will not regret it.

Hinel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Amazing!

Anna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was amazing!

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