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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

Jean B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is one of my favorites! However, the train was sold out, so at least got to return to this area by train for the Amalfi tour. Mara and Melanie were fantastic! great team. They were very knowledgeable, positive and funny, yet told us so much on the bus ride down. They both gave us some extra tips too for places to eat and visit. Appreciate that, since we got lost enuf on our own in our travels! : Thanks Mara for the tip to the bakery in the Jewish ghetto! great place. Hope to see you all again very soon, for there was so much more to see, and want to do the Italian countryside, and maybe learn a little Italian. What a wonderful place to behold. Thank you, Jean

Lars Asle K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful trip - wonderful experience. Windy on Vesuvius, my new glasses went flying into the crater. Guess that cant be blamed on the guide though

shabala.m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My husband and I took the trip on the 14th Of August 2016, a Sunday. Excellent trip well organised and well executed by our lovely highly learned guide Ms Kylie. The credit for making the trip a complete success goes entirely to her. She was very disciplined and well organised and gave us plenty of information on history of Rome right from the Trojan war all along the journey. After our visit to Pompeii we had a good lunch which was a big pizza we could choose one from 3 different types and a drink of our choice included in the package. On our way to the Vesuvius, Kylie told us about the history of Vesuvius and the magma chamber beneath it and how the region around the mountain is divided into zones depending on the risk level and the government emergency plan in the event of any future eruption. She explained how the story of the eruption in 79AD was learned from eyewitness account of Pliny the younger and spoke about the two Plinys and reconstructed the entire event that lead to burying of Herculeum and Pompeii under the pyroclastic flow. She was very energetic too and accompanied us to the top of the Vesuvius without showing any sign of fatigue. She helped us spot the steam that was still coming out of crater walls and pointed out to Pompeii and the various islands like Capri,Ischia from the top of the Vesuvius. she also pointed to the path traced out on the mountains by lava that came from the last eruption in 1944. On our way back, she gave us lot of useful tips for tourists travelling and places that we must visit in Rome. She was a very kind person and helpful and very jovial. The guide in Pompeii however paled in comparison to her. He was good but when you have listened to Kylie narrate then you feel that he could have been better. Pompeii is a must visit to know how the people lived and made such great planned cities with facilities that make us wonder why was nature so cruel to such a great cultured society.

James D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic tour. Both guides Chiara and Jonathon were so knowlegeble and entertaining. It was both relaxing and insightful, and although we didn't get to climb mount Vesuvius, the naples museum was a great alternative. Would highly recommend this tour and especially with these two guides, they were first class, so helpful and funny too

Antonia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

IT was really good !!!

Karen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was an amazing trip. The tour guides Mara especially were incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. We learned so much and go to see so much. This was one of my favorite experiences during my entire vacation. The only thing I would suggest...the timelines for climbing Mt. Vesuvius are not realistic. They say that it should take 20 minutes to get to checkpoint 1, 5 minutes to checkpoint 2, and 5 minutes to get to checkpoint 3. This is only possible if you are well-trained athlete. Since they only give you 75 minutes to do the entire thing, most people will not have enough time to get to the top and then get back down in time. Please consider extending this by another 15-20 minutes. It is well worth it.

bon.chan11

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing tour guide, enthusiastic and humorous. We had a lot of fun hiking up the Mt. Vesuvius, I made the hike with Birkenstocks but I would probably suggest some sneakers for next time. Pompeii was fascinating, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic as well. Highly recommend!

cpa28761

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The guides were articulate, knowledgeable, and went the extra mile to be helpful on a personal basis.

Nazima S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This trip was great! Definitely a must do! The city wonders company were really good at organising us and took very good care of us. They also gave us lots of info on Rome and answered any questions we had even though they didn't have to do that. It was a very long hot day though so bring an umbrella, shades, water etc

Adrián A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour guides Michella and Alessandra were great, as the whole trip.
Highly recommended.

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