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Key Details

  • City: Pompeii / Amalfi / Sorrento
  • Duration: 3hrs
  • Start Time: 2.30PM

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, the amphitheater (Pompeii's own Colosseum), 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 also include the amphitheater - Pompeii's own Colosseum - which is a little off the beaten path in a more peaceful part of the ruins, 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
  • The amphitheater
  • 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 193 Customer Reviews

Pompeii was one of my favorite places on my Italy vacation, and the tour was great. I liked the route and all of the interesting information. I would stay another day in Pompeii for sure.
Great Tour. In hindsight I would have allowed myself more time to explore on my own after the tour. But would recommend
Again - nothing but great.
My boyfriend and I had a great time with our guide! We would definitely recommend this tour for anyone wanting to explore and learn some history about the ruins of Pompeii
Really enjoyed Paolo's commentary and the choice of sites he took us to in the limited time.
Loved the expertise and knowledge of our tour guide.
Our guide (Francesca?) was excellent - entertaining, very well-informed, happy to answer questions.
Another great tour. I would recommend Walks of Italy to others.
A fabulous tour, so glad I booked it.
Rossella introduced us to Ilaria, who was our guide for the Pompeii tour. Illaria was excellent - her knowledge and ability to communicate were faultless. She really brought the ancient city to life and as a result we were more engaged and learnt a lot more than had we visited Pompeii on our own.
The tour was great and our guide was full of information. Great experience.
Excellent tour, very informative. So very much to see it was wonderful to have some guidance.
Loved both tours. Both guides knowledge was excellent. Very tired at the end of the day! Julie
Even though it was raining, the tour was still fantastic. Our guide was excellent.
Loved our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and courteous and highlighted the key points.
Guide was brilliant, really gave a great description of how life was in Pompeii.
Guide was knowledgeable and put a creative spin on her presentation.
Excellent guide
Eliana was absolutely wonderful with such amazing knowledge
So informative and patient it was well worth it!
we really enjoyed our tour last week with Paulo & found him to be very knowledgeable & approachable
Excellence and only too pleased to assist or help with queries. Very patient. Great guide
I have studied Pompeii for many years and the guide still managed to teach me a few things I didn't know before. She was engaging, experienced and able to answer every question asked. I would do it again in a heartbeat! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Such a beautiful area of Italy. The back drop of Mount Vesuvius was an eerie feeling but the tour gave you sense of what it was like at the time of the eruption. Our guide, Serena, did a great job explaining the structures at the location. You can't go wrong with this tour.
Best tour of Pompeii thus far ! Great guide.
Great tour and guide. A Little hard to understand. Had to concentrate a lot.
We went on many tours while in Italy, and by far the Walks of Italy were the best! Thank-you!
Great trip. Wish we had more time to view the artifacts. Our tour guide was informative, adaptive, flexible, fun and a great rep for your company.
Amazing tour. Brought Pompeii to life. A targeted approach to that vast site was definitely the best way to go. Eliana was knowledgeable, interesting and a great guide.
Fascinating tour of Pompeii! Francesca was an excellent and extremely knowledgeable guide. I would highly recommend this tour.
very friendly and knowledgeable! did a great job!
Good English, very informative, not too long or too short (good length), smaller group, saw newly opened part of the ruins. Would definitely recommend.
Our guide was wonderful! She was full of interesting information and helped us feel welcome to ask any questions.
Paolo gave us an excellent tour with amazing insites on the life of the residents of Pompeii. We were limited by a rain storm, but enjoyed our shortened tour greatly.
Our guide, Carmen, was amazing. We had a fabulous tour, one of the best we have done whilst traveling. Thank you so much.
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour of Pompeii... the guide was excellent and really painted a picture of what life in Pompeii would have been like... I rushed home and watched the movie- would definitely recommend!!
The guide had really interesting way of describing the old way of living in Pompei and there were excellent devices that enabled us to hear everything she said.
We thought the guide was extremely knowledgeable and communicated all the information in an interesting way.
Lovely lady. Informative and funny.
Great tour! We learnt so much about Pompeii, the history of the city, the people the lived there and the day to day activities of the city. I would recommend this tour to anyone traveling to Pompeii. Our guide was fantastic, very knowledgable and helpful when we had questions.
Anna was excellent, knowledgeable and funny. She helped take us back in time. Many thanks.
The tour was fascinating and the tour guide was brilliant. She pretended to be a wife of a business man taking merchants around the city which was enjoyable and really allowed the place to open up etc. she was so enthusiastic about it all it was great even if it rained.
Francesca was great! She really gave a view of what life would have been like in Pompeii in an informative and enjoyable way. This was our 4th tour with Walks of Italy, and we recommend you to others.
The guide was professional and knowledgeable.
Ilaria was fantastic! Her love for archeology and dedication to Pompeii shines through. The ruins would have been overwhelming without a guide to help interpret them for us, and keep us directed. She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and patient. :) I highly recommend this tour.
Our tour was very good and our tour guide was very informative. She was so pleasant and full of so much information. We really enjoyed the tour and found the tour guide to be excellent.
Our guide was really knowledgeable and obviously passionate about the history of Pompeii
Paolo our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable! His english was excellent and vocabulary very extensive which made the tour even better. Five stars!
Anna was a great tour guide. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour with her. At time it was a bit hard to hear through the microphone but other than that it was excellent. We wish we had more time to spend in Pompeii but we had booked the tour to Mt. Vesuvius.
Great your guide, learned alot.
The guide was great. The audio system was a bit unclear or muffled and could be better. Could I suggest a starting time at about 10:10, to allowfor the train coming from Napoli Central.
The guide was great. The audio system was a bit unclear or muffled and could be better. Could I suggest a starting time at about 10:10, to allowfor the train coming from Napoli Central.
Amazing! The guide was very knowledgable and easy to understand. I like the stories that explained and brought us back to the ancient Pompeii!
Well informed guide.
Excellent start to a really good day. Informative and entertaining.
Iliaria was great! Great personality! You could tell she was passionate about her job
Our guide was excellent, would definitely recommend
I enjoyed the tour, it was very interesting and the guide was enthusiastic and told us a lot of information about Pompeii
Excellent tour. We learned so much. Ilaria is clearly passionate about Pompeii.
Nancy our guide was very knowledgeable - excellent walking tour - thanks
Francesca was informative, knowledgeable and fun. Couldn't have asked for a better guide to Pompeii.
Francesca was a wonderful tour guide and we learned so much about Pompeii that was unexpected. Definitely a wonderful day and a great tour!
Highly recommend. We were running late and communication was excellent and they were able to wait for us. The guide was knowledgeable and engaging in telling the story. Would use Walks tours again.
We thoroughly enjoyed Francesca's commentary and in depth knowledge of the area.
Maybe make it clearer that there is no where to store luggage. Three Australians had luggage with them but fortunately we had a car so they were able to store them.
Ilaria was very knowledgeable and passionate about Pompeii and the history. Great tour and lot of information. Loved it!
One of the best tours I've had in Italy, Hilary was extremely knowledgable and made tour fun. I can't recommend this tour and tour guide highly enough!!
We found our guide well informed and she spoke very clear English. The tour was just the right length of time due to the heat, although we did have to rush at times to get through it.
Guide was brilliant, very informative and interesting and clear. Great tour.
Nancy was an excellent guide. Very informative and very good sense of humour.
Excellent guide (Francesca). It was VERY hot which made the walk a challenge but it was always fascinating...well done
Hillary was great! We enjoyed the beauty of the ruins and Hillary had so many interesting facts and stories :) She kept us moving and out of the crowds which was greatly appreciated as it was extremely hot. Even with the heat, this was our favorite of all the tours we took.
I don't remember our guide's name, but she was wonderful! She interacted well with the group, was fun, engaging, and very informative. I really enjoyed the tour and her expertise of the area. I enjoyed this tour.
The walk was very informative and our guide was knowledgeable and her English was excellent! My only (small) complaint is that we were a bit hurried and if we stopped to take photos, we tended to get separated from the group. Very glad that we visited Pompeii with "Walks"!
Excellent tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable.
Eliana was great! Got us in past the long lines. There were only 4 in our group so she took time to answer all our questions. Showed us all the major sites I wanted to see. 2 and 1/2 hours was about right for us. Really enjoyed the tour.
Enjoyed the tour immensely. Francesca was an excellent guide and the audio equipment was invaluable given the numbers of people who are on the site. It's not cheap, but it's well organised and there's no waiting, queuing or aimless wandering which is a godsend.
The tour to Pompei under the guidance of Franceska was superb and thank you. Nevertheless, you have churged me in dollars although I made the reservation from Europe. Why? With Kind Regards, Prof. Vasileios Stavrinos
This was an excellent way to tour Pompeii and our guide was perfect. She was personable and informative (and spoke amazing English - thank you!)
We took a private tour so we could go at our own base since two in our group have mobility issues. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and was very helpful and accommodating. We recommend this tour!
We loved our tour. Francesca was friendly and knowledgeable and we particularly appreciated her ability to include our young children (5 and 8) while sharing her knowledge wtih the adult tour members. We were very happy with our experience.
Francesca was an excellent guide. She was very knowledgeable and interesting. The tour of Pompeii was quite thorough.
Guide was very good
Hi, we very much enjoyed our tour with Serena - she made it come to life and answered all our questions. We had to move our tour from Friday to Saturday because of a train strike and were very impressed by how efficiently this was sorted out for us. Thanks very much.
Serena was wonderful. She was on-time and was enthusiastic. We enjoyed her and the tour very much.
I had a great time and she made the tour extra special. I would highly recommend this tour.
Wow! What can I say! Serena was outstanding. This is the first time I've done a tour in any of my travels to Europe. Was a little skeptical about it, but it was great. She is very knowledgeable and nice. Will do it again when we return to Italy ! Thx again Todd.
Francesca was wonderful.....an excellent tour and guide
Anna was wonderful! She was extremely knowledgeable and energetic! I liked the way she "put us in the time frame" and personalized our experience! I definitely recommend the tour!
Our guide was wonderful! She was friendly and extremely knowledgeable, and we appreciate her answering all of our questions!!

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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Pompeii was one of my favorite places on my Italy vacation, and the tour was great. I liked the route and all of the interesting information. I would stay another day in Pompeii for sure.
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Great Tour. In hindsight I would have allowed myself more time to explore on my own after the tour. But would recommend
Luciana definitely knew her subject matter about Pompeii but her accent made it a bit difficult to understand exactly what she was saying. It was an unusually windy day and Luciana chose not to use the earphones with our group. So every time she would look away and be talking, we had no idea what she said. Also, there was one lady who strayed and lagged behind throughout the tour making it difficult to assemble as a group and talk about what we were looking at. Luciana had so much knowledge about the site and the history of the area. She was fascinating but the wind got in the way.
We had a great tour. It was quiet, we had a small group and out tour guide (Illiana? I think that's how you spell it) was really good. She answered all our questions, spoke clearly and gave us plenty of time to look and see. The pick up arrangements were painless. Would definitely recommend this tour and guide.
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Again - nothing but great.
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My boyfriend and I had a great time with our guide! We would definitely recommend this tour for anyone wanting to explore and learn some history about the ruins of Pompeii
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Really enjoyed Paolo's commentary and the choice of sites he took us to in the limited time.
Loved the expertise and knowledge of our tour guide.
Our guide (Francesca?) was excellent - entertaining, very well-informed, happy to answer questions.
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Another great tour. I would recommend Walks of Italy to others.
Very interesting. Length just right. Meeting point easy to find. Guide was very knowledgable and brought Pompeii to life for us.
A fabulous tour, so glad I booked it.
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Eliana was fantastic! We enjoyed every minute of our tour of Pompeii with her. She is very knowledgeable, most patient and informative, a true pleasure as a guide. The tour of Pompeii was wonderful. We would never consider booking a tour with any other company than Walks of Italy. We can always count on in depth, enriching tours with you. Can't wait to return and see something new with Walks of Italy!
Rossella introduced us to Ilaria, who was our guide for the Pompeii tour. Illaria was excellent - her knowledge and ability to communicate were faultless. She really brought the ancient city to life and as a result we were more engaged and learnt a lot more than had we visited Pompeii on our own.
The tour was great and our guide was full of information. Great experience.
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Excellent tour, very informative. So very much to see it was wonderful to have some guidance.
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Loved both tours. Both guides knowledge was excellent. Very tired at the end of the day! Julie
My husband and I just returned to Canada after 10 days in the Sorrento/ Amalfi region (mid-September 2016). I had researched tours for Pompeii and finally decided on Walks of Italy. We were not let down. Our tour guide was fluent in English as well as fluent in her vast knowledge of Pompeii, the history, and all of the aspects of the site that we toured. Her information was very detailed and accurate but and was delivered in an engaging way so that her audience too was always engaged in the tour. We did several other tours of other areas during this last trip and I would rate our guide for Pompeii at the top - five stars.
I wish this was a 5 star, but I think because we had combined this tour with the Vesuvius hike, my husband and I were a bit tired. From a visual perspective the frescoes and the men's baths were my favorites. While I can understand why, I felt that the modern sculpture exhibit took away from the ruins and felt compelled to try to crop them from my photos. Ilaria was knowledgable and passionate and willing to answer questions, while hitting the main features of the vast Pompeii ruins.
Even though it was raining, the tour was still fantastic. Our guide was excellent.
The tour was slow pased and with not too much commentary. The story was good, but I would have liked to have less quiet periods in between the walks from ome point to another.
Loved our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and courteous and highlighted the key points.
Guide was brilliant, really gave a great description of how life was in Pompeii.
Guide was knowledgeable and put a creative spin on her presentation.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and did a good job. But Uta set the bar very high.
Excellent guide
Eliana was absolutely wonderful with such amazing knowledge
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So informative and patient it was well worth it!
we really enjoyed our tour last week with Paulo & found him to be very knowledgeable & approachable
Excellence and only too pleased to assist or help with queries. Very patient. Great guide
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I have studied Pompeii for many years and the guide still managed to teach me a few things I didn't know before. She was engaging, experienced and able to answer every question asked. I would do it again in a heartbeat! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Such a beautiful area of Italy. The back drop of Mount Vesuvius was an eerie feeling but the tour gave you sense of what it was like at the time of the eruption. Our guide, Serena, did a great job explaining the structures at the location. You can't go wrong with this tour.
Very knowledgeable and friendly guide who brought Pompei to life for us. Roberto was classically Italian but with great grasp of English so that he always used the right vocabulary to explain matters of detail. The pace was sedate - great when it was 33 degrees in the hot afternoon sun - perfect for taking in his absorbing commentary.
Best tour of Pompeii thus far ! Great guide.
Great tour and guide. A Little hard to understand. Had to concentrate a lot.