High
Activity Level
Naples
Departure Place
5 hours
Duration

Discover the Ancient Pompeii as a local person would!
This tour is designed to move around by public transport so to get immersed in the local way of living and moving around.
It is safe and cheap: the best way to discover Pompeii!
Enjoy a private guided Tour of the Ancient Pompeii, the most famous Roman Excavation, buried for centuries under volcanic ashes. This private walking tour from Naples will let you discover Pompeii ruins at your pace. You will be guided to Pompeii public baths, private homes, public buildings, taverns, shops, theatres and more. Marvel at the fabulously preserved frescoes and mosaics which still adorn the walls and floors many places of the Excavations of Pompeii. High on the list of the Wonders of the World, the second most visited archaeological site in Italy, a must for any traveller.

 

INCLUDEDEnglish Speaking Tour Guide
EXTRAAdmission fees to Pompeii, train tickets if not selected in the booking form
OPTIONALSpecial activities designed 4 kids aged 6 to 11 yrs and their families
MEETING PLACESorrento Railway Station
KID FRIENDLYYes
WHEEL CHAIR FRIENDLYNo
DRESS CODEWear good comfortable Shoes
ADDITIONAL INFOAll the walking will  adapted to the group, although this tour requires some resistance, especially in summer time
TRANSPORTThe tour is available as a Private Shore Excursion from the Port of Naples or Sorrento.. Upon request we can organize a one day trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum also from Rome

 

Practical Info

Your private guide will meet you at Sorrento Railway Station. We will catch the Circumvesuviana train, a ride to Pompeii is available every 30 minutes and it takes about half an hour. Pompeii train station is right in front of the entrance to the archaeological site.
The Excavations of Pompeii are too big to be visited entirely in one day. The aim of our guided walking tour is visiting an example for each typology of building in order to have an overview of  ancient Pompeii and of the Roman World at that time. Your private guide shall make sure the tour will adapt to your pace and energy.

Pompeii private walking Tour

In Pompeii you will first admire the city walls, dating back to the pre-roman city (4 centuries BC). One of the best preserved ancient gates is called Porta Marina, it connected Pompeii and its port with a path for charts and one for people.
Right before this gate a not-to-miss place is the Suburban Bath House, recently excavated and therefore very well preserved.
Once in town you will be walking on the original road made by basalt (volcanic rock), and you will notice on the ground hundreds of little white spots made of travertine which were used to reflect torch light (this is what nowadays people call “cat’s eye”).
Your attention will be caught by big blocks of basalt emerging from the road: they were stepping stones used by pedestrians to avoid getting wet when it rained; in fact, differently from other roman towns, Pompeii didn’t have a complete sewer system because the city was build on top of a lava platform too hard to be worked.
The city centre was called Forum, it hosts all the buildings with a public function: Religion (the Temple of Apollo, the Capitolium and the Temple of the Emperor), Trade (the meat and fish market called Macellum, the textiles market headed by a priestess called Eumachia), Administration (the Basilica) and Politics (Comitii). Other facilities in the Forum where exchange offices, public restrooms and a public scale (tabula mensurae) where to compare and weigh farmers’ products. In the Forum you will also see a display of the famous human casts.
Close by there were public thermal baths where both men and women (in different sections), poor and wealthy, free and slaves could access daily hygiene. Pompeii had 3 of such complexes in town plus 2 right outside the town, and they all had the following facilities: a changing room (apoditerium), a tepid room (tepidarium), a hot room (calidarium) and a Gym (Palestra).
You will notice several places fronting the road with large vases built in a masonry counter: this is what the Romans called popinae, today’s taverns! In fact those earthenware jars where filled up with food and beverages, and very many ancient Pompeians would stop in such places for lunch.
You will certainly recognise some of the bakeries of Pompeii, with their ovens and their grinding machines: incredible but true some round carbonized loafs of bread where found during the excavations. This is nowadays  on exhibit at the Archaeological Museum of Naples together with more carbonized organics such as almonds, pine cones, figs, dates etc…
Your visit would be incomplete without the red light district: the brothel  (Lupanare) shows us today an interesting display of roman frescoes featuring several erotic images!
Pompeii had three places for public performances: an outdoor theatre (for comedy and tragedy), an indoor theatre (Odeion, for mimes and declamation of poetry) and a big amphitheatre (for games like gladiators or beast fights). You shall visit at least one of those places.

After the tour at Pompeii  you could stop for a few minutes for a pressed orange juice or to browse the souvenir shops.

Same way back.

Upon request you can choose to stay for longer on own in the site. Once you made the first trip the way back is pretty easy.

Ancient Pompeii

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