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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

Kerry-Ann T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

I enjoyed my tour of Pompeii. Climbing up the mountain was a beautiful sight the only downside was I didn't get a longer time to climb the mountain. The ruins of Pompeii were unbelievable and unforgettable.

Lawrence M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Prompt pickup in Rome. A brief stop for coffee and toilets at a restaurant and souvenir shop at the base of Monte Cassino, but no sales pitches (also stopped at same spot on trip back). 20 tourists on our tour, from all over the globe (this was a English language tour). Our guide, Emiliano, was quite knowledgeable and shared much about Italian history throughout the trip. The hike up Vesuvius was moderately strenuous, but you need to ascend fairly quickly to allow adequate time at the top. The lunch was adequate but not exceptional (pizza, salad, and beverage of your choice). There was a separate tour guide in Pompeii, with radio receivers and an ear bud provided (that worked well). Tour was a bit rushed - you get a taste of Pompeii, with good information from the guide, but no time to explore on your own (we understood this was the situation when we booked - and what we did see if Pompeii was enlightening and amazing). Bus trip back had a restroom stop at same souvenir shop. Got a rather lengthy pitch for other CityWonders tours in Rome that could have been 30 minutes shorter and still sufficed! All in all my wife and I felt we got our money’s worth and enjoyed the trip and tour!

Yma R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

The guide was unforgettable and knowledgeable. I learned so much! It was one of the highlights of my trip!

Carma K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Another satisfied client - loved the tour!

Carma K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

My client had always wanted to go to Pompeii and she and her family were not disappointed. Loved it!

Eric J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Our tour guide Annlin was amazing. Hiking Vesuvius was awesome and the ruins of Pompeii were truly a site to see. Well worth the drive!

js_greenberg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Our family of 5 took this tour and LOVED IT! The long bus ride between Rome and Pompeii is definitely worth it! Our bus guide was pleasant and knowledgeable but our Pompeii local guide was phenomenal! His grandfather worked on the Pompeii excavations decades ago so he was personally invested and extremely knowledgeable and he was fun and engaging. We also loved the hike up Mt Vesuvius. Definitely something to do if you are up for a hike. Lunch was nothing special, but the pizza and salad were fresh and tasty. There isn't much in terms of choices in the Pompeii vicinity, but the restaurant was clean, food was hot and fresh so no complaints.

Cynthia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The climb up to to the crater of Mount Vesuvius was beautiful. I expected a black hole, but as the excellent tour guide explained, the mouth of the volcano had collapsed. Pompeii was equally fascinating. Amazing that so much has survived. The tour guide for Pompeii was also very knowledgeable. Overall, and excellent day. I'd highly recommend this tour.

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our full-day trip to Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius was well worth waking early on vacation. Our guide, Louise, was very knowledgeable, friendly and energetic. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Hadi A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This day trip was great! The guide was phenomenal and made the day perfect! We were a group of 8 all different ages and everyone loved it!! Thank you very much!!

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