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Key Details

  • City: Pompeii / Amalfi
  • 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 647 Customer Reviews

Ilaria was a wonderful guide! She was very knowledgeable about the ruins and is clearly passionate about archaeology. Her tour was both funny and informative. I would highly recommend tours with her!
Ilaria was a great guide. Humour with information.
Giovanna was a great guide and provided some good insight into the development and excavation of Pompeii. It is such a large site that I would have been lost without a good guide. The length of the tour was just right, and the size of the group was good.

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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Ilaria was a wonderful guide! She was very knowledgeable about the ruins and is clearly passionate about archaeology. Her tour was both funny and informative. I would highly recommend tours with her!
Ilaria was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Pompeii and presented the information as a story, which made the tour very interesting. The headphones are a great improvement over a traditional tour guide commentary. This is our first trip to Italy and we have signed up for several of your tours in different cities. If they all are as well done as this first one, we will be thrilled! Thank you for a great experience. Kathleen Beane
This was the first time we booked a tour with Walks and we were very impressed. We found the tour to be very well organized with our meeting place and time and for the tour itself. How thrilled I was to discover that our guide, Francesco, was an archeologist with an insiders knowledge of the excavations. We will definitely book more tours with Walks in the future.
Ilaria was a great guide. Humour with information.
Ilaria was a wonderful guide. Great disposition, wonderful sense of humor and, most importantly, such a great source of information about the history and culture of Pompeii. We really appreciated having a guide with her archaeological background, expertise, passion and firsthand work experience at the site. We felt lucky to have had her as our guide. Three hours was a good length for the tour.
Ilaria (Hilary) was an amazing guide for this tour. She was very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the site, clearly keeping up to date on all the latest news from the ongoing excavations and restorations. Her pacing was great and she was very thoughtful about helping each of us create great memories to take back with us.
Giovanna was a great guide and provided some good insight into the development and excavation of Pompeii. It is such a large site that I would have been lost without a good guide. The length of the tour was just right, and the size of the group was good.
Our guide was very engaging, friendly, and knowledgeable. She kept up a good pace and provided information to frame some of the specific sites we encountered. I also appreciated the fact she waited a few minutes for us to arrive, as we were caught in unexpected traffic and were delayed about 10-15 minutes. Our guide was also flexible in adjusting the tour slightly based on group preferences and questions.
Iliria was very fun and informative. We loved her commentary and her in-depth knowledge of the site. She was able to answer every question we had, and she made sure that everyone understood and was having a good time. Loved it!
Paolo was the best guide we had on our trip - knowledgable, funny, flexible! He made a tour in the pouring rain so much fun, we would do it all again anytime!
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So glad we took this tour of Pompeii. Francesco was a terrific guide and was able to paint a picture for us of life as it was prior to and during the eruption. We thoroughly enjoyed the stories and his sense of humor. I would recommend this tour and guide to others.
Our guide was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable, easy to understand, and great at helping us imagine what life was like in ancient Pompei.
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Guide was so knowledgeable and interesting. One small suggestion- when answering a question from the group, please repeat the question. We can head the answer in our headsets but don’t always know what was asked. This is our 4tb or 5th WofI tour. Everyone was top notch.
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She was great!
It was raining and windy, but she still gave the best tour. She didn’t let the rain ruin our trip to Pompei!
Very very nice experience. The guide was excellent and enthusiastic and made the experience unforgettable. best regards Per Oivind Johansen
It was very obvious that the guide was professional archaeologist with her knowledge. Everything about her was highly competènt with an appropriate sense of humour. Performed her job in a most excellent way. The tour itself was very informative and was a good length of time.
Our guide was fantastic and did a great job explaining everything. Was worth the price to have a smaller group and the audio devices.
Excellent experience. Ilaria was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable, and made sure we all had everything we needed.
Ilaria was wonderful. I would highly recommend her for anyone going to Pompei. Her knowledge was more than impressive. The tour was great and we will probably use Walks of Italy again
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Couldn't think of a better way to have seen Pompeii in the three hours. Whilst we clearly only scratched the surface of such a large site, our guide Hilaria could not have been better and brought a varied range of locations to life, with her expert professional knowledge based on exceptional academic and practical archeological experience.
Best tour of our trip! The guide was amazing and she knew so much about pompei
We had a fantastic tour with Francesca who was super friendly and very knowledgeable about Pompeii and Italian history and was able to answer all of our questions throughout the tour. We had such an amazing time and would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Pompeii.
Explained highlights of ruins in detail. Great guide.
Fantastic guide. Apps good. She brought things to life. V knowledgeable
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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