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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

connieandtin2016

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We booked several tours throughout Europe and this was hands down our absolutely most favorite tour of all time. The tour guides were hilarious and knowledgeable. I absolutely loved all of their stories and it really helped me appreciate the history of Pompeii and the region a lot more.

I thought the bus ride would be long but it was so relaxing and the tour guides made it so entertaining.

Californians smiling at the front of the bus on Sept 9th

dsmith23

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Pompeii was one on the highlights of our trip to Italy. Although it was a long day, our guide was knowledgable, personable and highly entertaining.

Jose V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The trip was a real pleasure and what made it even better were the two guides on this trip, Peter and Mara, they are very knowledgeable on Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius and made the trip seem like it was only 4 hours instead of the 13 hours that it took.

vushakova

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a truly magical tour. We started with a short walk up Mt. Vesuvius which was spectacular. The view of Pompei from above was amazing and the crater of the volcano was unique. Lunch was delicious pizza in Naples! and our tour guide in the ruins of Pompeii was funny and smart. We had an amazing time thanks to our two tour guides Chiara and Andy, both of whom were warm, knowledgeable and hilarious. I highly recommend 'City Wonders' for any tour in Italy. They are a great agency!

Ronald R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent trip. Our guides on the bus and at Pompeii were informative, helpful, and interesting. We enjoyed the hike to the top of Mt. Vesuvius. We also enjoyed learning about and seeing the sites in Pompeii. Pompeii was crowded, but I believe that is typical at this time of year and with the good weather that we had. We are certainly glad we went on this tour and would recommend it and our guides to others.

Andrew G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip! Pompeii was amazing. Our guides Ciara and Mikaela were great as well.
Highly recommended.

Andrew G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip! Pompeii was amazing. Our guides Ciara and Mikaela were great as well.
Highly recommended.

Deonne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing!

watersmith

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Long bus ride from Rome to Pompeii, but good; stopped in Naples and had some authentic pizza and it was fantastic! Pompeii was amazing and spectacular. Just like any tourist destination there were gift shops at the exit, although this one had many items that were phallic. All good; great trip/tour.

Vandana P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent! We had a great time on this tour. All the tour guides were quite knowledgeable. The tour was very well organized. Mount Vesuvious and Pompei were worth visiting. All the stops on the tour were well thought of. The pizza was great! I would highly recommend this tour. ,

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