Pompeii

Pompeii is a vast archaeological site in southern Italy’s Campania region, near the coast of the Bay of Naples. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried under meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The preserved site features excavated ruins of streets and houses that visitors can freely explore.

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Tickets for Pompeii

Admission into ancient Pompeii costs €11, but it’s free on the first Sunday of the month. It’s not necessary to purchase tickets in advance online, and you can enter at one of three entrances: Villa dei Misteri, Porta Marina and the Anfiteatro. For those who want to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Boscoreale and Stabia, a 3-day pass costs €20.

What Are the Opening Hours?

Pompeii is open from April to October from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM, and from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM from November to March.

How Do I Get There?

The Circumvesuviana departs on the Naples-Sorrento train line every half hour and takes 30-40 minutes to arrive at Pompeii-Scavi – Villa dei Misteri station. The SITA bus operates Monday to Saturday only. It leaves from the Port of Naples and Naples Central Station and stops at Piazza Esedra in Pompeii (entrance to the site from here is at Porta Marina). If you’re traveling by car, take the A3 highway (autostrada).

When Should I Visit?

In southern Italy, spring and fall offer pleasant temperatures, while summer is quite toasty. Pompeii isn’t small in area, and you should expect to spend a minimum of 2-3 hours exploring. It’s best to bring a bottle of water, and don’t forget to wear proper shoes and sunblock.

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When should I visit?

Open April to October, 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM and November to March, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

How to get there

Take the Circumvesuviana train to the Pompeii-Scavi-Villa dei Misteri station, or the SITA bus to the Piazza Esedra station.

Is it expensive?

Adult admission starts at just €11 and continues upwards with tour and transportation options.

Will I need a guide?

This site offers so much history, having a guide definitely enriches your visit.

What people are saying about Pompeii

★★★★★ Fast train from Rome, pick up @Naples train, a great day in Pompeii!

During our trip to Rome, some of the group wanted to see Pompeii. A friend gave me advice to stay off of the “rickety” train from Naples to Pompeii and if we could afford it take the tour from Naples. We did and had an easy trip. Our visit to Pompeii was very enjoyable with a wonderful guide Elisa whose commentary amused us all. It was a great day in Pompeii!

★★★★★ Great service , great driver and guides pity about the mini bus

The mini bus vehicle was not suitable for a long drive as half the passenges had to sit with back to direction of travel which meant they could not see what the guide was talking about and also not good for car sickness

★★★★★ Fantastic Guide adds to an unforgettable experience.

I will recommend this to everyone. If you get Andrea as a guide (our tour was English speaking), I can attest to his knowledge and friendliness. Try to check ahead of time on the status of the trail up to Mt. Vesuvius; we were lucky and it had only re-opened the day prior. It is a beautiful view from the top and worth every step. Then to have a tasty pizza and explore Pompeii with an educated, and hilarious guide, Willie. A great time. No need to pack heavy. Wear comfortable shoes for walking. Bring cash for various 'gift shops' and convenience stands.

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