• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Visit Pompeii the easy way with private round-trip transportation from Rome. In a comfortable minivan with a private driver, you’ll arrive relaxed at the UNESCO World Heritage site, where you will either explore independently or take a tour with a knowledgeable guide, depending on the option selected when booking. Learn about the Mt Vesuvius eruption that covered this ancient city in ash some 2,000 years ago, and marvel at the well-preserved ruins that have frozen the city in time.


  • Private day trip to Pompeii from Rome
  • Stroll through the well-preserved streets of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii
  • See fascinating attractions like the Forum, the thermal baths and the Lupanar
  • Learn about daily life in the Imperial era and the volcanic eruption that buried Pompeii and other nearby areas
  • Choose to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site independently or with an expert guide
  • Relax with private, round-trip transport in an air-conditioned minivan

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Explore Pompeii independently or with an expert guide on this private day trip

After pickup by private minivan from your Rome hotel, your day trip starts with the approximate 3-hour drive out of the city to Italy’s Campania region. During the journey, catch a glimpse of the Benedictine monastery the Abbey of Montecassino.

When you arrive in Pompeii, pay your own entrance fee before heading inside to explore the archaeological ruins that make up this UNESCO World Heritage site and provide fascinating insight into what life was like here during the Imperial age. If you select the upgrade option when booking, you’ll meet an experienced guide to tour the ruins. If not, you’ll explore independently.

Located at the foot of Mt Vesuvius, ancient Pompeii was a Roman city that met a tragic end when it was covered in volcanic ash during the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. Today, the well-preserved ruins of lanes, homes and public structures depict daily life in the city, where residents once bustled around now-empty sites like the limestone Forum, thermal baths and piazza. See the remains of the Teatro Grande, a theater that once held 5,000 people, and check out the Lupanar, a brothel decorated with frescoes.

When your time at Pompeii ends, return to your minivan for the private drive back to Rome, stopping on the way for lunch at a restaurant (own expense). Your day trip then finishes with hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Helen F Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Our driver David was a lovely person. He had to drive through some heavy rain but kept us amused along the way. On arrival in Pompeii Barbara was there to meet us and gave us a wonderful informative tour of the site. The place David suggested for lunch was excellent, the food and staff were so good. Great day all round.

Choy Foong W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

There were 8 of us and we were driven in a spacious and clean MPV. Davide was our driver and gave us good insights of the surrounding areas on the way there and back. The local guide at Pompeii was knowledgeable and the tour was very interesting.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Driver and drive was wonderful, Roberto was great! Also Santiago our guide in Pompeii was awesome. Would highly recommend this tour.

marilenep Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We took this tour on our last day in Rome and I have to say it was the cherry on top of our whole week in Italy. Davide was incredibly nice , courteous and professional he arrived on time actually earlier than the call time but he never rushed us. I highly recommend getting a guide at Pompeii, losing your way at the site is highly possible but with a guide that wouldnt be a problem at all. Santiago our guide shared with us a lot of information and more. We enjoyed every minute of the tour and it was all worth it. Lunch just outside the site was great

Nancy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour was amazing.

Lisa G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

It was nice having a private tour that way you could modify the day. I would highly recommend choosing the tour guide option to see Pompeii. We didn't and regretted it. Yes we got the audio guide but in hindsight I think having a tour guide would of been better. Our driver was extremely nice and professional. We were running a little late from seeing Pompeii and he was very accommodating. We ate lunch ch at the restaurant right outside the entrance which was very good. If you are anchored in Rome it can be a long day, somhaving the private driver saved time.

Gina N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

We just returned from a week in Rome with our children 6, 9, 11 where we scheduled this tour for the midpoint of our trip. A professional driver, Daniele, picked us up promptly outside our apartment as promised. Honestly, this gentleman was just as knowledgeable about Rome as our tour guide was about Pompeii. He was so friendly, engaging, and continuously spouting off interesting facts that the 2.5 hour ride to Pompeii was pleasurably relaxing. Also, his driving was fantastic! In Rome, the driving is absolute controlled chaos, I wouldn't get behind a wheel if you paid me. And after the return trip to the airport using a different service where I was literally crying from fear and I am far from hysterical, I travel quite a bit by myself for work and pleasure so it takes a lot to get me worked up, the contrast between that trip and the Viator car service made the latter heavenly in retrospect!

At Pompeii, Daniele dropped us off with our local tour guide we elected this option. This turned out to be a great choice because it allows you to skip the line and also not worry about where you are I could definitely see us getting lost there by ourselves, and the tour only covered a few blocks of the overall city, watch the kids, and learn about and observe the site. Also, if you have little ones along and are concerned about the body casts upsetting them, there were only a few casts that we saw and this area can be easily skipped - there are plenty of other things to focus on.

Advice to future travelers: bring a backpack with water, snacks, hat/sunscreen/umbrella, and coins the bathrooms outside the site did charge for admittance. Also, this place is assuredly not stroller-friendly!

After the tour, Daniele picked us back up for our return trip. He had a menu for a local restaurant if we wanted to stop there, but we elected to head back although we later decided to stop along the way for another restroom break and a snack, at which point we could have also bought sandwiches if we desired. We were back at our apartment by 4-ish, so all told the outing lasted roughly 8 hours.

In short, I would wholeheartedly recommend this tour. Yes, there are cheaper options. You could travel to Pompeii by train, but then you have to get to Termini in Rome, change trains in Naples, then get from the Pompeii dropoff point to the site's actual entrance. Once there you could i pay for admission individually but you'll have to wait in line with tours you can skip the line and then you may be more focused on wrangling your family members and navigating thus meaning you won't be able to relax, or ii you could split the difference and join a larger tour of 25 or so but Pompeii can be loud and crowded and if you aren't up close you may not be able to hear or ask your own questions or go at your own pace e.g., bathroom breaks. However, private tours were our splurge for the trip and we all agree that they were well worth the price!!!

Burnell H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great Trip - Wonderful Guide owner of the company and driver.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Another brilliant tour. Max was our driver and he gave a lot of information along the way. Our guide David inPopeii was awesome and again so very knowledgeable. Definitely a tour to take

stephanie m b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We took the private tour and paid a surplus to have a guided tour. It was amazing! Our driver was fabulous. Taught us things along the way, he was pleasant and insightful by answering any questions we had. As for our tour guide, she was so good too. She knew so much and if we didn't understand, she was more tha willing to explain with patience. We highly recommend this tour!!

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