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Pompeii Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with an Archaeologist

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With skip-the-line entry, explore key excavations of Pompeii, including the ancient amphitheater, accompanied by an archaeologist guide.

Highlights

  • Discover the Pompeii Archaeological Park with an expert archaeologist guide, with a skip-the-line entry ticket.

  • Walk through the ancient streets of Pompeii, and marvel at Mount Vesuvius while your guide recounts the dramatic history of this city.

  • Stroll along Via dell’Abbondanza to Teatro Grande, uncovering ancient artworks and Roman graffiti at Casa del Menandro along the way.

  • Marvel at the frescoes depicting the Nucerians-Pompeiians battle, and opt for an English, Spanish, Italian, French, or German-speaking guide, as per your comfort.

  • Fun fact: Pompeii's Amphitheater could hold up to 20,000 spectators, showcasing the scale of entertainment in ancient Rome.

Inclusions

  • 2-hour guided tour of Pompeii

  • Skip-the-line entry

  • English, Spanish, Italian, German, and French-speaking archaeologist guide (as per option selected)

  • Entry to Villa dei Misteri (optional)

  • Small group (optional)

  • Earphones for small groups (optional)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Guests from Spain, United States, France and over 22 countries have loved this experience
Cindy Ann Rogers

Cindy

5/5

May, 2024

Our guide Cia (I think that was her name) was very knowledgeable and also had a great sense of humour making the tour so interesting and enjoyable
INGRID ESTEVE PEREZ

Ingrid

3/5

May, 2024

The guide arrived on time but the start of the visit was delayed with the issue of the delivery of the audio guide and the entrance to the site. She also finished the visit earlier (I finished before 2h). The explanations were very good but it was very fast and did not give you time to attend the explanations and see what he was explaining.
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Björn Sieh

Björn

3/5

May, 2024

Too little attention was paid to interesting details and the tour ended before the agreed time. It was supposed to be an archaeologist-led tour, but there was no difference. The extra price was not justified.
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Heribert Moik

Heribert

5/5

May, 2024

Great guided tour in German. The guide went into the quieter parts of Pompeii and brought the life of the time to life with lots of stories.
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P.P.F. van West de Veer

P.p.f.

5/5

May, 2024

Pompeii is beautiful and the enthusiastic guide showed us many special places about which he had great stories. Two hours is just a bit short, though. So we stayed a little afterward to climb the tower and see the exhibition space inside.
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Through an archaeologist's lens

Take a 2-hour guided walk through Pompeii, an archaeological marvel, offering insights into daily life during the Roman Empire. Breeze past the queue with the skip-the-line ticket, and begin your expedition with an archaeologist guide through ancient streets and the bustling Forum, a central public space serving as the heart of civic, commercial, and social activities.

Learn about the city's history, including the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This volcanic eruption buried the city under a thick layer of ash and pumice, preserving it remarkably well for centuries. Discover hidden secrets of attractions like the Basilica, the Thermopolium of Asellina, and the Stabian Baths, considered to be the oldest public baths in the city, constructed during the 2nd century BC.

Walk through Pompeii’s highlights

Stroll down the Via dell’Abbondanza to reach the Teatro Grande, Pompeii's foremost theatre, primarily hosting theatrical performances, musical events, and various public spectacles. Throughout the exploration, you'll have the opportunity to appreciate ancient Roman artworks. Have the opportunity to step into the culinary world of ancient Pompeii as you explore the Thermopilia, ancient Roman "fast-food" establishments that once served as communal gathering spaces for locals.

Get to see the erotic frescoes woven into the walls of Pompeii's ruins where your guide will provide a nuanced perspective on the sensual aspects of Pompeii's culture.

Visit Foro, a hub of ancient political activities where you can get a sense of political chatters that once existed in these ruins. End the tour at the 'Calchi dei Corpi,' plaster casts that preserve the final moments of victims during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

What to bring

  • Bring along comfortable shoes since this is a walking tour.

  • It is recommended to bring along sunscreen in summer.

What's not allowed

  • Due to venue restrictions, only small dogs on a leash can be brought inside the park. Guide dogs with a certificate are permitted.

  • Strict dress code: Modest clothing is recommended.

  • Keep in mind sharp metallic tools or objects are not allowed in this experience. Pack wisely!

Accessibility

  • This experience is not accessible by wheelchair.

Additional information

  • The fee for the excavation sites of Pompeii is free for all first Sundays of the month.

  • Guides will adapt the route to accommodate opening/closing restrictions or restoration work, so the specific tour sites may vary.

  • Facilities: Cloakroom

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting point

  • Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.
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