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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 615 Customer Reviews

Francesca was very knowledgeable with great English. Lots of interesting facts and details.
Second time I booked a tour with Walks Of Italy, and looking forward to future tours with your organisation. I appreciate the clear communication (meeting point) and punctuality, as well as the knowledge of the guide (Illaria for the current tour). Great experience :-)
The guide is very knowledgeable and was attentive to the group’s needs. She was flexible in planning the route to avoid the crowd and respond to requests from us regarding specific places that we wanted to visit.

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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Francesca was very knowledgeable with great English. Lots of interesting facts and details.
Second time I booked a tour with Walks Of Italy, and looking forward to future tours with your organisation. I appreciate the clear communication (meeting point) and punctuality, as well as the knowledge of the guide (Illaria for the current tour). Great experience :-)
The guide is very knowledgeable and was attentive to the group’s needs. She was flexible in planning the route to avoid the crowd and respond to requests from us regarding specific places that we wanted to visit.
Guide was superb.
Anna was an amazing guide. She was very knowledgable and had a great sense of humor. /She offered to take pictures of anyone in the group who wanted and was very helpful at the end of the tour helping us connect with our driver.
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Paulo was a great tour guide! He really made Pompeii come alive and helped us to see what it would have been like as a bustling city. We loved the tour.
Enjoyed tour of Pompeii immensely. Guide Francesco was excellent.
Francesco was an excellent guide with a great sense of humour - a perfect day trip from Rome!
Anna was absolutely fantastic, so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful. We loved the tour and would highly recommend Anna, and Walks of Italy.
Guide was very knowledgeable, had great rapport with the visitors and provdided a most enjoyable tour.
Paolo was a fantastic guide and we really enjoyed the tour. He was very informative and personable. Touring Pompeii was one of the highlights of out Italian adventure
Excellent tour with knowledgeable and engaging guide.
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Francesco's knowledge was amazing and he made the tour both fun and educational. This was our 4th Italy Walks tour in 10 days across 3 cities and all have been fantastic
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Ilaria was EXCELLENT!! So much Information and history she was able to share with us. Highly recommend her!!
The guide was very knowledgeable and experienced; the insights she gave and the way she was able to give us a good overview of the history of Pompeii and the site was impressive and enhanced our experience in a way that guiding ourselves could not have done. Grazie.
Sonia was pleasant, friendly, engaging, and highly educational. Her deep knowledge and love of history made our experience a great one. It was obvious to us that Sonia was born to teach and her love of sharing the history of Pompeii was contagious. I would gladly recommend her to anyone and jump at the chance to take a tour with her again over any other guide.
Our guide Anna was great. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Would thoroughly recommend the tour with your company.
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Giovanna was fantastic!
Our guide seemed to be very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Pompeii. We very much enjoyed our tour. Would recommend Walks of Italy to others.
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Anna was very informative with dash of humour on the side, I thoroughly enjoyed it a came away much wiser.
A fantastic day with a very knowledgeable guide. Very enjoyable visit and quite educational.
Elisabetta was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of information. Per recommendation we stayed longer after the tour to explore more.
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Illaria was excellent. She arrived on time and kept to time. She had an excellent command of English. She had immense knowledge of Pompeii and told us some good stories about every day life there. We loved the visit. Please pass her our thanks
It was a great tour and we really enjoyed it! Our guide Franchesca was so informative and knowledgeable the tour really was a highlight of our trip to Italy.
We were a bit late but Daniella was more than helpful in connecting us with Caterina so we didn't miss our tour. Caterina was a very knowledgeable and skilled tour guide. Not only did she give a fantastic tour she also did a splendid job of reading the group and seeing what would work best at that moment. Would recommend to anyone!
Hillary (English name) was our guide and she was excellent! Her knowledge combined with her sense of humour made the trip fly by. It was so fascinating! We all learned so much and were benefitted from Hillary's expertise. This is a must do tour!
Amazing experience being taken through the ruins of Pompeii. I believe our guide's name was Ellaria and she was excellent!
The guide Anna was amazing - she was engaging and clearly knew the city incredibly well. I can't wait to return to explore more, but I couldn't add enough praise here for the tour by Anna.
Imari was exceptional, sunny and deeply knowledgeable. Her love of anthropology is evident, as her desire to share it.
Excellent again. An exceptionally hot day and the walk was just right with the timing. The option of being able to stay when tour was finished was welcome. We have had three tours with yourselves and can’t fault them
Thoroughly enjoyed our walk. Guide was lovely and knowledgeable
Anna gave us a wonderful tour!! She was enthusiastic and informative. She clearly loves Pompeii and made the ruins come to life for us. I recommend Walks of Italy to everyone because the tours and the guides are the best! Thanks !
Ilaria ‘s tour was great and with her background in archeology, she provided an extra level of insight about Pompeii that was super helpful!
Ilaria was suberb. She brought Pompeii to life us with her knowledge and stories. We really enjoyed her tour.
Our guide brought an extensive knowledge of Pompeii with a personal touch. It was well worth taking this personal tour versus a self audio tour.
The tour guide was amazing and so passionate about the history. She kept us engaged the whole time. She even tried her hardest to get one of the security personnel to let us see a certain area but we weren't allowed, she tried so hard to give us that experience, although we couldn't my husband and I were so appreciative of her efforts.
Ilaria was the BEST tour guide ever. Very knowledgeable and engaging. The tour was far from boring. Everyone was having a great time laughing and learning about Pompeii. I highly recommend this tour. Without the tour you will just be looking at old ruins but instead we got to learn what made Pompeii such a beautiful treasure.
Excellent! We will definitely go to Pompeii again as there is so much to see! Our best walks in Italy are with archaeologists and we loved the tour guide also had worked on the site so she had some interesting points. Again, excellent, highly recommend.
Hillary was wonderful. Passionate and very knowledgeable about Pompeii.
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