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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.


  • 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 20, 2017– March 31, 2018)

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What You Can Expect

Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Day Trip from Rome

Pompeii 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 20, 2017 – March 31, 2018. 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

Heather J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Very impressed by City Wonders - I liked the fact that we had 2 assigned guides for the 50 of us on the coach, both of them contributing helpful and interesting commentary during the day. Our guide, Anna, and the other Group's guide were both superb very friendly and they supplied lots of helpful general information as well as historical background and much more. At Pompeii which we went to 1st we split into 2 smaller groups of 25 to go round each group conducted by a local guide our one was also very good indeed. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole tour - we'd picked this one specially, knowing that in the winter they go to the Museum in Naples instead of up Mt Vesuvius. This made it the perfect combination for us, since we got to see the superb collection of mosaics and artefacts from Pompeii that are now in that Museum we had just over an hour there in the afternoon. Winter was an excellent time to see Pompeii smaller crowds, so our excellent local guide could take his time and there was less chivvying - we got to see a good lot in the 2 hours we had there and no queuing to go into any of the key buildings. We were particularly fortunate as it was a beautiful sunny day albeit very cold and there was an uncommon sprinkling of snow on Mt Vesuvius in the distance, providing a stunning backdrop. Lunch directly after our Pompeii visit was pizza and side salad, plus 1 complimentary drink. I thought this lunch stop - and indeed the 2 other brief 'comfort'/coffee stops - were well organised and efficient.

Sharise C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great trip. My second time here but first time hiring a tour and I learned so much more along the way. Really got a kick out of climbing Mt. Vesuvius as the last time I was there the weather was uncooperative. I think most anyone can walk at least the lower part, but if you want to make it to the top, it helps if you're in reasonable shape. Friendly, funny, knowledgeable tour guides. Well-paced. Lunch was a bit lame as I am not a fan of soggy Napoli-style pizza, but that takes nothing away from the overall experience. Very well managed tour.

Angela W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Tour was amazing and if it's at all possible request Kylie as your guide, she's phenomenal!!!

Stephen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Do it. Just do it. What an amazing experience! Just be prepared for a long walk up - it's a trail and easy to walk, but wear comfortable shoes.

anita s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Absolutely incredible. Tour guide and company were excellent.

Wayne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fantastic tour. The tour guide was extremely informative, and engaged well with everyone in the group. Highly recommended tour

John P United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Unbelievable tour! We actually climbed Vesuvius! Amazing views along the way that we will never forget, especially peering into the crater of Vesuvius as we walked along the crater edge. Once in a lifetime experience! After the Vesuvius climb, we went into Naples for a filling and great lunch with the best pizza we ever ate! Pompeii Tour was excellent too and covered everything you would want to see and know and then some. Amazing to walk the actual streets of Pompeii! The artifacts were amazing. Do this tour!!

Abigail A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Unfortunately we could do visit Mount vesuvius but we stopped in naples. Tour guides were great.

Malcolm B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great guide, great day. Highly recommend this to interested people.

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