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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 Naples, the beautiful ‘City by the bay’ when Mount Vesuvius is closed in winter, plus a pizza in Naples and a tour of the UNESCO-listed digs at Pompeii. Hear the history from a local guide and admire artefacts 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
  • In the winter season (late November to March), enjoy a visit to the City of Naples, with its regal architecture and timeless traditions, all set against the backdrop of Mt. Vesuvius

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What You Can Expect

Ruins of Pompeii & 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 to March 31. During this time, the hike is replaced with a visit to the iconic City of Naples. We’ll take a panoramic bus tour and have some free time to walk around the city centre.

Customer Reviews

smportillo26

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Book this tour for my mom and her husband, mid 70's. One of many, this one was also one of their favorite, they were met right on time. And really enjoyed the entire day. My mom climbed the mountain, she did say it was a bit of work and had to take breaks, her husband didn't. They appreciated how nice the staff was.

Roeland B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Guided tour of Pompeii/Vesuvius revue
If I could award 10 stars, I would! Our tour company and our guide, Dimitri, kept us amused, informed and on-schedule all the way to Vesuvius/Pompeii and back.
Dimitri was not only well informed, he managed to engage each person on the trip about 26 people? individually and to spend one-on-one time showing pictures, exchanging anecdotes and answering questions. I was beyond impressed, as what might have been a long and tedious bus trip was an absolute pleasure.
We were handed over to a specialist guide in Pompeii I am so sorry that I have forgotten his name! who was an expert in the history and archaeology of Pompeii he was absolutely brilliant and really brought the site to life.
As for Pompeii itself the experience was overwhelming. Even after having studied the history of the city in some detail over the years, nothing could have prepared me for the experience of actually walking the streets and seeing it in reality.
Out of interest, a friend who knew little about Pompeii joined us on the trip and was even more impressed if possible! than we were. He intends to use the same company for a revisit and for further tours in Rome.
So, overall, 10 gold stars!

Jeff H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the guide and the tour - informative and fun! One of my favorite tours of our vacations.

selinda.erasmus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Roberto is an excellent, entertaining guide. Thank you for a enriching tour. He explained scenery along the way with informative historical narratives. The tour of Pompeii was amazing. The traditional lunch was nice. The walk up Vesuvius is tiring, but totally worth the effort. The live volcano produces steam that can be seen easily. And the lava flow of the recent eruption can be seen along the way.

rjavor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Wow! Having read both fiction and nonfiction accounts of the Vesuvius eruption and aftermath, this trip exceeded my expectations! Ahmid was a phenomenal tour guide, lots of information, assistance where needed, humor when appropriate. The bus was comfortable, the stopping point useful, but the tour of Pompeii and the climb on Vesuvius really made my whole trip it was my only excursion outside of Rome. Thanks!

extra38844

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This is a fantastic once in a lifetime kind of tour. I can't imagine having come out to Rome and not done it. Our guide John was amazing and does this tour 2 or 3 times a week so he knows it all backwards and forwards. In addition when in Pompeii they have a local expert who knows his stuff like a professor explaining everything. The hike up Vesuvias isn't easy if you aren't in okay shape, the air gets a little thin if you are pushing yourself. I think most people who are in moderate physical condition can do it without a problem as long as you pace yourself. The actual view into the volcano isn't that special but the views of Naples are fantastic. You also get really good Naple's pizza for lunch at a nice restaurant. I enjoyed the hike but my family's focus was on Pompeii and we really enjoyed what we learned.

rrusniak1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Wonderful day. I highly recommend it. Many thanks to Emiliano for making the trip very memorable. Alberto did a great job driving!

Lisa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Amazing day! Long but worth it!

Roma

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Amazing! Tour guide was an expert and incredible amount of knowledge and funny. Went with my 2 teenage children and they loved it too!

David J R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Absolutely adored this tour.
Lovely guides, great atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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