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Key Details

  • City: Pompeii / Amalfi / Sorrento
  • Duration: 3hrs
  • Start Time: Times vary. Please select a specific date to see availability.

Tour Highlights

  • Wandering the ancient streets of Pompeii, it’s easy to miss out on the real must-sees – and difficult to understand them when you do see them. Get the best from your visit with an expert archaeologist.

  • You’ll visit all the top sights of the ruined city, including the plaster death casts, the Roman Forum, a theater, ancient fast food restaurants, the cemetery, the bakery, the main street and even the supermarket.

  • With pre-reserved tickets, you won’t have to wait in line. Small groups of 15 people or fewer ensure that your exploration is intimate and engaging, and that you get the most from your time with our expert guides.
Reading ancient graffiti on our Pompeii tour Pompeii amphitheatre See what they Pompeii - the buried city Spot chariot tracks in the cobblestones Bath or business? Decipher the ruins. Pompeii's Forum with Mt. Vesuvius behind Pompeii death cast Death cast at Pompeii Death cast Hear stories behind the ruins at Pompeii Colors & sculptures remain from 79AD

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

STEP BACK IN TIME AT POMPEII ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE.

There’s no better place in Italy to experience life as an ancient Roman than at Pompeii. And the best way to experience Pompeii? With an expert Walks of Italy tour guide! That's not just because your guide brings the sights to life with spine- tingling tales from Pompeii's past. It's also because the site is huge, while signs on the ruins are old, hard to read, and usually with only dull, cursory information.

GET THE MOST FROM YOUR VISIT, UNDERSTANDING THE SIGHTS BEFORE YOU.

Experience Pompeii without the stress of following a map and trying to decipher ruins by yourself. With an expert archaeologist on hand, you'll be taken right to the coolest sights Pompeii has to offer and truly understand what they are.

You’ll see all of the most popular sites, including a Roman bakery and the Roman Forum. You’ll learn what Ancient Romans ate and drank, what they did for fun and the sad, misguided beliefs they held about the cause for those ground tremors they felt before the eruption, or the frequent clouds of ash from the nearby Mt. Vesuvius.

Of course you’ll visit what, for many visitors, is the highlight of their Pompeii tour – the world-famous plaster casts of those killed in the eruption; eerie and moving glimpses of what it must have been like to experience Armageddon.

We recently extended our Pompeii tour to include one of Pompeii's beautiful theaters, which are amazing well-preserved so you can easily imagine what it was like to watch a performance here in summer, on a warm Italian evening.

POMPEII GUIDES HAND CHOSEN FOR THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND FRIENDLINESS.

Tour operators are required to use official Pompeii tour guides at the archaeological ruins. We’ve chosen only the best of the bunch to work with, hand-picking guides with passion and knowledge, not to mention the storytelling skills required to bring this incredible city to life for you. As on all our tours, we only work with the best 5- star guides, because we understand that they’re the most important element of any tour. So when you walk with Walks, you can trust that you’re getting the best.

If you take a guided tour on only one stop of your Italy vacation, make it Pompeii. With the power to entrance and delight, Pompeii is a hieroglyphic of a site, needing an expert touch to translate. But in the hands of the right archaeologist, it truly comes to life as a living, breathing city.

For details on how to reach Pompeii from Rome, Naples or Sorrento, see our Important Notes page (link below).

Sites visited

  • Plaster-cast remains of Pompeii’s doomed inhabitants
  • Theater
  • Porta Marina
  • The Roman Forum
  • Roman Baths
  • Roman Houses "Domus"
  • Pompeii's Main Street
  • Ancient "shops"
  • Brothel
  • Panoramic View of Pompeii

Included

  • Pre-reserved entrance tickets to Pompeii
  • Official Pompeii tour guide
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer

Reviews

5-stars from over 401 Customer Reviews

"Anna is as good as guides can be. She did a Terrific job today! Bravo. John & Bev
He was the best guide we have had yet.
Great guide!

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

Reaching Pompeii by train from Rome:
First, take a train from Rome (“Roma Termini”) to Naples (“Napoli Centrale”). You can view train times, prices and book your tickets in advance on www.trenitalia.com.

We recommend taking the fastest train, Frecciarossa, which takes about one hour.
Once at the Napoli Centrale train station, take the Circumvesuviana train, which you can access directly from the Naples station. Take the Napoli-Sorrento Circumvesuviana line. Trains leave about every half hour, arriving at the Pompeii Scavi – Villa dei Misteri stop in about 30 minutes. For more information about the Circumvesuviana train schedule, please visit: http://www.vesuviana.it/web/en/Orari.

By train from Sorrento or Naples:
Take the Napoli-Sorrento Circumvesuviana line. Trains leave about every half hour, arriving at the Pompeii Scavi – Villa dei Misteri stop in about 30 minutes. For more information about the Circumvesuviana train schedule, please visit: http://www.vesuviana.it/web/en/Orari.

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The only thing that could have made it better would be if there was transportation option available from Naples to Pompeii. We took the train there from Rome(easy) and then took a local train service to Pompeii (not so easy, delays, etc). Otherwise, our guide was terrific and clearly knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter.
"Anna is as good as guides can be. She did a Terrific job today! Bravo. John & Bev
Hello ... my name is Kelly, David's wife, and have been fascinated by Pompeii since I started studying history in high school ( several years ago ). This has been a dream of mine to visit the city. As we rounded the corner to enter the Quadriportico, all I can say is, that, had the Lord taken me then, I would have been happy. I was amazed and awestruck at that initial experience, and remained that way through the entire visit. I cannot say enough great things about Paolo ... what an amazing tour guide! His knowledge of this archaeological site was phenomenal. He was easy to understand and easy to follow physically through the crowds and streets of Pompeii. He was attentive to the members in our group. He was also respectful of the city itself and the importance of its preservation - uncompromising when he found a person ( not from our group ) standing on one of the fallen columns in the forum. The thing that I enjoyed the most about his tour, however, was the humanism. It is easy to get captivated by the site itself, the physical structures, the geography, yet Paolo brought the human element to these structures, reminding us that people were living here, carrying on in their daily lives, when this tragedy struck. His stories of those human elements were just as captivating as the amazing architecture. I also liked the modern day connections he made ... things that people were doing hundred of years ago that we are still doing / using today. We had booked our train trip back to Rome a bit too close to the end of our tour, so did not have a chance to explore further that day ... I will be returning, and I would not hesitate to do another tour with your company. We have recommended you to friends traveling to Italy in the spring. Thank you so, so much for this experience!!
He was the best guide we have had yet.
Very nice guide. He was in a difficult spot when a family with elderly parents had to re-think their participation in the tour, wasn’t his fault but we all had to stand around in the rain while they decided what to do. Considering the weather it was a lovely tour.
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My guide for the Pompeii tour, Paulo, was fantastic a guide. He was very knowledgeable and shared his vast understanding of the details of life in ancient Pompeii in a friendly, engaging and always appropriate way. I have not had a better professional guide for any tour. Ever. Please tell him that I said "thanks."
Great guide!
The tour guide was interesting and informative
Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny. He made the whole experience very enjoyable. The whole tour was very well planned out.
Great tour. Guide was fantastic!
Our guide was excellent! Knowledgeable and entertaining! Thanks
This was excellent, so much information I would never have known just walking through on my own and so many amazing things pointed out that I would have overlooked. Well worth the money. The walk wasn't rushed yet we saw so much. There was only 4 people in the tour apart from our guide which made it even better. Definitely recommend. Pompeii is HUGE and I think having a guide to explain what you're seeing is an absolute must, to learn how they lived etc etc
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Anna was amazing! We lucked out and had a private tour and it was - as she said - like walking around with a friend. She was so knowledgeable and funny. Because this was a small group, we got to see more of Pompeii than she usually shows. Anna made this visit my favorite part of our time in Italy.
Francesca was knowledgeable, professional and is a skilled guide. I was impressed with how she handled a diverse group and made everyone feel comfortable. I would have no hesitation recommending a tour with her.
Hillary was very knowledgeable and patient. She was super friendly and had lots of interesting stories!
Anna was a star :). She brought Pompeii to life. She was so knowledgeable and enthusiast that the 3 hours walk was over before we knew it. And we will be back !!
Our guide rocked our world!!!
Anna was wonderful. It’s great when the guides are excited about sharing their knowledge. We would have liked to keep going if the park wasn’t closing. One of our favorite guides on this trip.
Ilaria was very knowledgeable and amazing. I recommend this tour with Ilaria.
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Great tour! Informative and fun!
We had a wonderful tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided interesting information that made our tour very enjoyable. The group size was reasonable. Also the information/picture of the meeting location made the initial contact very easy and clear.
We had a wonderful time! Francesca was full of information and the directions and logistics were very well done. Thank you!
Needed maybe to start a half hour earlier so we had more time on our own if needed.
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It was an absolutely fascinating tour, our guide Brunella took our group to the highlights with such an informed and detailed commentary that only an expert in the field could provide. She was a wonderful, patient and very client focussed guide. We could never have had the same level of information and experience of this enormous archaeological site if we had not opted for a guided tour, and we were so thankful we had opted to book on a guided tour. While our tour took approximately three hours overall, we really only saw the highlights, as there is so much to see in such a large area, and I would love to return to see more! I will be recommending Walks of Italy for certain. Thank you!
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Amazing guide with great knowledge and perfect manner.
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When we booked 3 different "Walks" you should at least offer the discount that you offer in the follow.up email that you send out at the time of order! We are very satisfied with the tour and guides in all three of our events.
Excellent tour. Ilaria had a lot of information atio to share. Well done
We had a fantastic three hour tour and were so pleased that we had booked it. The group size was 12 which was perfect. Our guide, Paolo, was fantastic. He brought Pompeii to life for us and catered for both the adults and the children in equal measure. He showed us all the details that demonstrated that a thriving community had once been there and included lots of stories that have been pieced together during the excavation of the city. We all came away feeling enriched and full of knowledge that we could draw on when we visited Herculaneum, Vesuvius and the museum in Naples. Thank you!
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It was well organised and you accommodated us changing dates. Francesca had lots of interesting facts and was friendly.
Pablo was an EXCELLENT tour guide. We learned so much from him and his passion for Pompeii was contagious!
Again, Roberto was an excellent, informative guide who led us round at a pace which meant we could take in what we were seeing, rather than hurrying us on to the next thing. Just one suggestion: could a map be included in the cost? We were shown the approximate route we would be taking, on his map, but when he left us at the end with the option of returning with him to the entrance or carrying on exploring we had no idea of where anything else was, so although we wandered round for a bit it wasn't very productive. Just a thought!
Anna was great - she told us stories that really painted an image of what Pompeii was like in its heyday. She was also very mindful of the crowds, always thinking ahead of where we could go next to avoid big crowds. Her pace was easy and her stories cute. We left the ruins of Pompeii with a real reverence for how powerful and progressive the Roman empire and its people was. Thank you, Anna!
Our guide Paolo was amazing. In addition to an extensive knowledge and a very obvious devotion to the subject, he possessed a great improvisational talent that we would compare with a skilled jazz musician. No empty routines here, but a vibrant and responsive way of telling this exciting story. The 3 super interesting hours seemed to disappear just too fast! A good sense of humour, a dialogue based and relaxed contact with the group - not to speak of a perfect English - only made this guided tour even more sublime! It was a fantastic way to experience Pompeii, and we felt great inspiration to continue on our own after having said goodbye and thanks to Paolo. Hanne & Jesper, Denmark.
This tour was great! Our guide was very knowledgable and we loved the tour.
Great Guide, very knowledgeable.
All our Walks guides and tours were extremely professional and we informed. I would highly recommend your tours to anyone.
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Hilaria was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly, and I was impressed at the answers she gave to people's questions. We would recocommend this tour to anyone.
Very interesting tour, and the guide was great. She made Pompeii come alive and was wonderful at answering questions. Our only suggestion would be is to offer more information on changing trains in Naples.