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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 484 Customer Reviews

Having Amanda be so helpful was fantastic!! Brunella on the tour was great. They both made the whole experience the best guided tour we have ever done, and we’ve done many all over the world. Thank them again for Kathy and I .
Meeting instructions and location were clear and easy. Eliana was fantastic and had very good information and entertaining facts and stories. We really learned a lot.l and really loved our guide.
We had a great time in Pompeii and our tour guide, Eliana, was very knowledgeable. It was a wonderful experience.

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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Having Amanda be so helpful was fantastic!! Brunella on the tour was great. They both made the whole experience the best guided tour we have ever done, and we’ve done many all over the world. Thank them again for Kathy and I .
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Meeting instructions and location were clear and easy. Eliana was fantastic and had very good information and entertaining facts and stories. We really learned a lot.l and really loved our guide.
We had a great time in Pompeii and our tour guide, Eliana, was very knowledgeable. It was a wonderful experience.
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Paulo was great! He was very well informed and did a great job of getting us to the busy spots after the crowds had left.
This was an excellent tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and his passion for the subject was apparent. This made it easy to understand the narrative and made it a very interesting and engaging tour throughout. A great 3 hours spent.
Francesco was great! Loved the tour.
Really enjoyed the tour and Caterina was very knowledgeable and informative. Learnt so much about everyday Roman life and she pointed out lots of the little things that we would have otherwise missed had we not been on a guided tour. Asked lots of questions and got great answers. Particularly enjoyed seeing the theatres. I understand that the site is enormous and to cover it all on a tour would be impossible but my only complaint is that we weren't taken to see some of the most famous sites such as the House of the Faun or the Villa dei Misteri. Would have gone ourselves at the end but due to our tour being at the end of the day, when we were finished we had only half an hour or so to wander around and so missed these areas. The site is so large though that it pretty much warrants a second trip anyway. Thanks for an unforgettable experience!
Katrina was an excellent guide...the tour was very enjoyable would highly recommend
Everything from finding the group to the tour itself was just as described and beyond our expectations for the educational value! Giovanna is hilarious, sweet and definitely helped us feel like we stepped back to a different time. Thank you Giovanna!!
The tour was easy to book. I loved the fact that everything could be booked and paid online even one day in advance. The group was the perfect size (only 8 persons) and the guide was friendly. We had higher expectations regarding the content of the explanations. All the other tourists in our group were Americans or Canadians who propably did not study romaine history and latine at school but for us (from Belgium) who have studied romain history and latine for many years in high school we were hopping for more detailed explanations. Our guide was nevertheless great and tried to adapt to the all group. We would definitely recommend the tour.
Roberto was a fantastic guide and brought Pompeii to life for us. Thanks for a wonderful experience.
Very interesting tour our guide Francisco was excellent, money well spent, this the third time I have used walks of Italy and I would recommend this tour.
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Caterina did a great job of leading us through Pompeii. She was very knowledgeable and added many personal elements to help us relate to what we were seeing -- not to mention doing a nice job of keeping us in the shade whenever possible. Recommended the tour to others on the train the next day! One opportunity that really helped us when touring in Rome was our guide carried a book that showed the "current" and a visualization of what things likely would look like - something simple really would have helped here as well. On the customer service side, the guidance we got was to use bathrooms and store luggage at the train station -- but then we immediately stopped at the gate for a rest break and it would have been easier to drop luggage there (and less expensive!).
Really knowledgeable guide!
Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. Very happy with the tour.
Very informative, great afternoon.
Paulo was very knowledgeable and also very friendly. He made this a very enjoyable tour, rather than just making it feel like a history lesson.
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Paulo is the best. He truly made the entire experience come to life. Will stick with Walks if all guides are even half as good as him.
Really enjoyed the tour with Giovanna! She clearly had an interest in her subject and conveyed her knowledge of Roman history through the course of her tour. Very informative and interesting, thank you!
Giovanna did a wonderful job explaining the ruins while bringing a human element to it. She also went above the call of duty assisting us with recommendations for refreshments and lunch. Her English was superb ( a little British accent). I would highly recommend Giovanna to anyone. Giovanna, thank you for making Pompeii a wonderful and meaningful part of our Italy trip.
Paulo was amazing! We enjoyed every minute of the tour and was a highlight of our trip to Italy! Paulo was so informative, had a great sense of humor, kept us away from the crowds and gave us an amazing experience and education on Pompeii! I will absolutely recommend him to friends and family!
Our guide was fantastic. Passionate about the subject, knowledgeable and thoughtful. The walk was the highlight of our holiday.
Excellent tour! Thank you!
I enjoyed the walk. It provided me a good guide of the place which could be overwhelming for the first time visitor. Ilaria was great. Probably because she’s also an archeologist, I found her explanations quite insightful. I also liked her upbeat attitude and enthusiasm.
Our tour guide was very good and loved her subject. There was a problem with the headphones which cost us 10 minutes of fuss but in the end we had a small group and went without headsets.
Ilaria was excellent and informative. Since she is an archaeologist, she brought more insight to the topic than your average tour guide doing their script.
Once again, very happy with our tour with Walks of Italy. Our guide Ilaria was very knowledgeable and the tour was operated at a comfortable pace. The 3 hours flew by which is always a good sign!
Our guide IIaria was excellent, she brought Pompeii alive and was obviously very passionate about archaeology and Pompeii.
Giovanna was amazing -so knowledgeable and her love of Pompeii could definitely be felt. She was very good with her explanations. Also her voice was great to listen to. Loved her accent.
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Very passionate guide who knew what he was talking about and enjoyed sharing his passion with the group. Would definitely use again !!
Guide kept our interest by relating points s of interest to contemporary references. Nice presentation maybe a bit quiet compared to the other tour guides ( we had 2 others) but the volume control kept me in touch as necessary.
Good professional guide
Great tour. I had no idea the site at Pompeii was so big! Guide was extremely knowledgeable which really added to the experience.
Paolo was a fabulous guide with excellent knowledge and inspiring enthusiasm. He made the site come alive, and he shared some interesting points with us that added an extra good feel to the tour. I would highly recommend him and the tour without hesitation.
Excellent!
Love the earpiece as well as the information!
Our guide was Brunella. She was wonderful! Very friendly and very informative. A very clever young archeologist who knew her stuff!!! Would totally recommend this tour to anyone.
Hilaria was our guide. She was brilliant, interesting and simply fantastic. Her passion was contagious. We loved the tour of Pompei and will recommend to all our friends travelling to Italy. Gratze Mille!
Ellaria (Hillary) was a fantastic guide. Her English was perfect. I learned a lot and was inspired to make a second visit to the Archeological museum after the tour. I highly recommend her!
Very fluent and informative guide. Knew when to move on if crowds were too large at specific exhibits!