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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 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

Gail s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The guides, Marta and Antonella were great. It was a lovely day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

One of the highlights of our trip was this tour. The coach driver was an absolute legend, the roads leading up to Vesuvius can't have been easy to navigate! Our tour guide through the ruins of Pompeii was very witty as well as really knowing his facts.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

What a great trip! We had a beautiful day and wonderful guides. Chiara not sure of the spelling! and Roberto were marvelous. Knowledgeable, entertaining, and attentive. Our bus driver I believe it was Antonio did a super job of weaving us up the mountain and down. The walk up Vesuvius wasn't as challenging as I expected, which was good for my arthritic hip! The ruins were magnificent and our guide there was fun and informative. My only wish was that we'd had more time, particularly in the ruins. I feel like we got a lot of history in a short period, tho. Highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing trip that we would highly recommend to climb Mount Vesuvius and tour Pompeii. The guides were wonderful, the day was well thought out, the lunch was typical but good, and the overall experience was breathtaking. The value was great for the cost. Remember to wear good walking shoes!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a delight. Our guides, Jon and Martha were bother fantastic. Climbing the mountain was hard but totally worth it! Make sure to go when the volcano is open - I think it would have been a bit underwhelming without that.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great overall! Amanda and Marta were excellent guides, very knowledgeable and fun.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is a long day of touring but it is a GREAT way to see Pompeii. We had great guides and saw and learned a lot. It was neat to be able to climb Mt Vesuvius. Having a guide take us through Pompeii really maximized our time and elevated the experience. The pizza lunch was clearly a tourist trap. It was a huge reception hall with hundreds of other tour buses. Not a very local dining experience. I still think it's an amazing to see Pompeii from Rome and I would recommend the tour.

Mark F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

No trip to the West coast of Rome would be complete without visiting the Tyrrhenian Sea coast, to tempt fate by climbing sleepy Vesuvius then to tread on the cobblestoned streets of ancient Pompeii as it's ill-fated inhabitants did nearly two millennia ago but now with a local archaeologist. Our tour guide for the day Roberto was knowledgeable and engaging and was a perfect fit. Although the obligatory lunch stop served very disappointing Neapolitan pizzas, worse still was finding a Starbucks inside Pompeii built on the site which had been the womens' bathhouse. If this is how we treat world heritage sites there is no hope. Putting these minor gripes aside, this full day trip into Campania was both exhilarating and informative made possible by our expert guides and driver.

Karen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was definitely the highlight of my time in Rome. So glad we took it, just wished we took it at the beginning of the trip as we might have spared ourselves some bad experiences in the city. The guides/hosts were wonderful, friendly and enthusiastic, learned all sorts of things from them. And, of course Pompeii was absolutely incredible.

Marie-Pier A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had an amazing time in Pompei Vesuve. Well organized, our guide from City Wonders was instructive and funny. This tour is one of the highlight of our travel.

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