Moderate
Activity Level
Pompeii
Departure Place
2 hours
Duration

Worried that your visit to Pompeii may be restricted by the reduced mobility of a family member? Leisure Italy has expressly designed “Accessible Pompeii Tour” as a friendly tour for wheelchair users, strollers and mobility scooters. The itinerary is tailored along a special path that finally made Pompeii accessible to everyone. Thanks to ramps and elevators created to overcome architectural barriers, you will be able to experience and explore Pompeii Archaeological Site as a everyone else. With your professional tour guide you will enjoy the visit of amazing buildings with their mosaics and wall paintings. A journey through the Ancient Pompeii to discover how its inhabitants lived before the tremendous eruption of Mt Vesuvius on 79 AD.

 

INCLUDED Private Official Tour Guide
EXTRA Admission fees to Pompeii
OPTIONAL Transport; Special activities designed 4 kids aged 6 to 11 yrs and their families
MEETING PLACE Pompeii Site – Meet your guide at Café Hortus Pompeii, Piazza Porta Marina Superiore 1, Pompei
KID FRIENDLY Yes
WHEEL CHAIR FRIENDLY Yes
DRESS CODE Comfortable Shoes
ADDITIONAL INFO This tour can be combined with any other half or full day tour which includes a visit to Pompeii.

The tour will be adapted to the group. The starting point is “Piazza Anfiteatro” but the tour will end at “Piazza Esedra” gate located at Piazza Porta Marina Inferiore.

 

This special Ancient Pompeii Private Tour is baby strollers, mobility scooters and wheelchair users friendly. The aim is to create accessible travel resources to allow everyone to enjoy an interesting but relaxing and fun visit to this unique World Heritage Site. The discovery of Pompeii Archaeological Area will start from the Amphitheatre to make the best of special ramps designed to access many of the ancient buildings and open areas.

The Excavations of Pompeii are too big to be visited entirely in one day. Your private guide shall make sure the tour will adapt to your pace and energy.

In Pompeii you will first enjoy the city walls, dating back to the pre-roman town (4 centuries BC). Then you will be able to appreciate the outdoors of the amphitheatre, the oldest of the Roman World and on left side the huge building of the Great Palestra (Gym) used for the training of young boys and for gymnastic exercises and sports activities.

The Road

To explore the town of Pompeii you will be using the recently renewed sidewalks and paths made out of smooth concrete. Your attention will be caught by big blocks of basalt emerging from the middle of the road. They were the stepping stones used by pedestrians to cross the road. In Pompeii indeed, differently from other roman towns,  there was not a complete sewer system because the city was build on top of a lava platform too hard to be worked. Nowadays it is possible to ride on top of these stepping stones thanks to the ramps pitched properly.

The House – Domus

During our special Accessible Pompeii Tour you will certainly visit one or two ancient Domus (private houses) . This is probably one of the most interesting building of Pompeii. The pumice stones and ashes coming out from the volcano have in fact buried the town keeping nearly intact shining floors, wall mosaics and colourful wall paintings such as the frescoes.

The City Centre – Forum

The city centre was called the 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 farmer’s products. In the Forum you will also see a display of the well-known plaster casts.

The Bath House – Thermae

Close by there were public thermal baths where both men and women (in different sections), poor and wealthy, free and slaves could enjoy daily hygiene. Pompeii had 3 of such complexes in town plus 2 right outside the city walls, all provided with following facilities: a changing room (apoditerium), a tepid room (tepidarium), a hot room (calidarium) and a Gym (Palestra). You can easily visit the Termae Stabiane by using the access ramps in order to explore the area which was open to the female public.

Taverns –Thermopolia

You will notice several places overlooking the road with large vases built in a masonry counter: this is what the Romans called popinae or cauponae, today’s taverns! In fact those terracotta jars where filled up with food and beverages, and many ancient Pompeians used to stop in such places for lunch.

Bakery

You will certainly recognise some of the bakeries of Pompeii, with their ovens and their millstones: several round carbonized loafs of bread has been found during the excavations are nowadays  on exhibit at the Archaeological Museum of Naples together with more carbonized organics such as almonds, pine cones, figs, dates etc…

Exit

On our way out you will use the specific elevator made for travellers with special needs. This will also give you the chance to stop at the Antiquarium for watching the video of the Virtual Reconstruction of the Eruption and to buy souvenir at the Book Shop if requested.

By the exit are slso available wheel-chair accessible restrooms. 

  • Itinerary designed for wheel-chair users, visitors with strollers and mobility scooters
  • Personal knowledgeable Guide Expert in Roman Archaeology
  • Avoid being on line
  • Also available as a shore-excursion from the Port of Naples and Salerno and Sorrento
The garden of a house accessible by wheelchair users
Wheelchair accessible path
Weelchair and stroller platform
Wheelchair accessible path

Tour Reviews

5 based on 1 review
23rd October 2017

First of all, the itinerary was very interesting. I understand we didn’t see some things that may have been interesting, but still, we really enjoyed the diversity of what we could see. We’ve been to Pompeii before (around 2001 with our son), and while I’m sure we missed a few things that would have been interesting, we didn’t feel like we’d missed anything as the whole tour was interesting and there was plenty to see.

Fabrizio was a very good guide. He kept us entertained and informed the whole way, asking our many questions when he could, and admitting he didn’t know in the couple of occasions he couldn’t. To us, that was a key; he didn’t try to make anything up to keep us happy, and it was clear he knew a lot about the site and he shared an awful lot of knowledge. He was friendly and personable, and we really enjoyed and appreciated his company and guidance.

The route itself was a little difficult to traverse. My father-in-law was in a rented wheelchair that doesn’t quite fit him, and so it is generally a little difficult for us to navigate bumpy terrain. There were many areas where I had to be particularly careful to avoid an accident, as the ramps and other surfaces are not generally what I would expect, or at least don’t meet international standards for mobility, I don’t think. This wasn’t a problem for us, we still very much enjoyed the visit, and it was just a little bit of hard work in a few places. But I feel like the site isn’t necessarily safe for all mobility impaired visitors, as there are places where it would be fairly easy for someone to run off a ramp or off the side of uneven stones. I’m not making this observation as a complaint; it didn’t diminish our enjoyment at all. I’m just sharing it as something you (or the site staff) might consider in relation to liability for other guests.

Thanks again for the great tour!

Cheers,

Pete & Darlene

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