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Best of Pompeii Tour

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



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.


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.


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


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


5-stars from over 548 Customer Reviews

Very good guide! I will praise Walks of Italy to everyone! All 3 of our tours were excellent! Fantastico! :)
Francesco was great. He really brought the history of Pompeii alive. A terrific tour.
Francesco was friendly, very knowledgeable and thoughtful by keeping us in the shade with the hot sun. Highly recommended. A fantastic tour.

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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Excellent guide
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Very good guide! I will praise Walks of Italy to everyone! All 3 of our tours were excellent! Fantastico! :)
Francesco was great. He really brought the history of Pompeii alive. A terrific tour.
Francesco was friendly, very knowledgeable and thoughtful by keeping us in the shade with the hot sun. Highly recommended. A fantastic tour.
While I did not personally take this tour, my wife and kids did. They loved it! My kids were engaged with the guide, asked a bunch of questions, and came back with huge smiles and a greater understanding of the history of Pompeii and Roman life. I'm thrilled they got to do this tour!
This was the perfect way of seeing all the sights of Pompeii. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and her English was perfect. I would highly recommend walks of Italy tours.
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Very nice tour, but could have been longer. We seemed to skip over things just because there was so much to see.
Ilaria was fantastic with such an amazing wealth of knowledge. This was our second walks of Italy tour and we will definitely do one again!
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Wonderful tour. Only thought is if three hours is enough considering the amount of places to see. It felt a bit hectic but we had time afterwards to revisit some of the sights.
We spent 10 days in Italy and the Pompeii tour with Paolo was a highlight. Paolo was passionate and extremely knowledgeable about the ruins, was charismatic, and funny throughout the tour. He made the experience very intimate, despite about 15 other people being on the tour. You are lucky to have a guide like Paolo working on your team!
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Francesco was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable and very engaging. He should receive a rating of 6 stars in the above survey.
Our guide was very informative and considerate, answering any questions asked and made sure parents with children were okay with them visiting the brothels. It was definitely worth experiencing and exploring Pompeii with someone with an archaeological background as our guide. It made all the difference!
Ilaria wad an amazing tour guide! She used to work as an archeologist at Pompeii, and was extremely knowledgeable about everything. This tour was wonderful; I only wish it was longer. Next time, I will look for a longer one because I couldn’t get enough of Pompeii! Especially with ilaria.
The tour was great! Our Guide is an archeologist that worked onsite in Pompeii for years so she was able to provide us so much incredible insight into what life was like there before the eruption as well as all that transpired since the discovery of the buried city to get it to where it is today. We walked away feeling happy and well educated!
Great 3 hour tour of Pompeii thanks to Eliana!
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Great tour with a very knowledgeable guide.
The tour was really good and Roberto is very well informed. I think it would have been better if we had a map or an information booklet so when we stopped and Roberto would talk to us, we could see where we were on the map and how these spots related to the Roman, Greek and other divisions of the city. The small tour group was good
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Hilaria made history come alive! A wonderful tour!
Our guide was excellent..very informative, considerate of the heat and shade.
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A wonderful tour of The Buried City. Our tour guide was informative and entertaining.
This tour was well organized and very informative. Paolo was passionate about the history of Pompeii and was eager to share his knowledge. His presentation style was very engaging, encouraging us, for example, to think about the use of an artifact before he explained what it was. The headsets allowed us to easily hear our guide. We did several Walks of Italy tours while in Italy. I highly recommend this company.
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Guide was very knowledgeable!
Our guide was awesome! He was both educated on Pompei and funny!
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This was an incredible tour! Paolo was so knowledgeable and engaging, he made everyone on the tour feel included, and we all learned so much. He was especially wonderful with the youngest members, putting information in terms they could understand. He was also sensitive to the special needs of one member who had trouble keeping up, and made sure she felt included also. We all felt enriched by the experience. It was memorable.
Paolo didn't just provide us with a tour of Pompeii, he took us on a journey. The tour was three hours and we felt like we could go on another couple of hours. The most important thing I will remember him saying was that his goal was to show us that this wasn't just an archeological site, it was a place where people had lived. He humanized the place for us.
Fantastic tour and Paolo is a fountain of knowledge
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Our tour guide was great - very knowledgeable and accommodating
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Our family really enjoyed the tour. Our guide was Prunella (I may not have that exactly correct, sorry) and she was amazing! Great knowledge. We would have missed so much if we tried to do this without a guide. Highly recommend your tour. Thanks!
Guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, and entertaining! Unfortunately I was running late and stressed I was missing my tour time and I was able to easily get in touch with the staff through email and they were nice enough to let me take the next tour!! Would highly reccomend!!
I would have liked to be able to ask questions at the various stops. For example, I had a few questions about the forum, such as whether they know what the inscriptions around the edges said, but it felt like the guide started walking away after each description. Otherwise it was a great tour and our guide was very accommodating of us since we had an infant.
Giovanna was an excellent tour guide. We were a Group of 9 people and we really liked the pace of the tour. Would highly recommend this tour and Giovanna as the guide.
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Alfredo was knowledgeable and entertaining. Already recommended to following your group travelers.
Francesco was just wonderful! We had a fantastic time with him on our Pompeii tour, and highly recommend him and Walks of Italy. Thank you!!
What an amazing tour. Our guide Illary was an archeologist and shared in great detail the history of Pompeii. She shared effortlessly as we toured and asked throughout the tour if we had any questions, and answered all questions with extensive knowledge of the city. When we were in Rome, we toured the Colosseum with Walks of Italy as well, with GiGi. Both tours were lead by archeologists. We used Trumpy Tours scheduled through Disney as we continued on throughout the Mediterranean and they didn't even come close to quality. Thank you Walks of Italy for making our tours memorable and so very interesting!