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Discover the Ancient Pompeii as a local! Skip-the-line at the ticket office with your private guide then explore Pompeii public Bath-Houses, private buildings, taverns, shops, theatres and more. This practical and inexpensive tour is designed to move around by public transport so to get immersed in the local way of living and moving around.

Included

English speaking tour guide, train tickets.

Extra

Admission fees to Pompeii.

Optional

Skip the line tickets with your guide at Pompeii.

Meeting place

Naples or Sorrento train station.

Wheelchair friendly

No

Dress code

Casual with comfortable shoes.

Additional info

This tour requires some physical endurance, especially in summer time.

For wheelchair users please check our “Accessible Pompeii”. For families with kids, please check our “Pompeii 4kids” option.

The tour is a round trip, however you can decide to stay in Pompeii for longer. In this case the guide will provide you with the train tickets and information to go back on your own.

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Practical Info

You will be met by your tour guide in Naples or Sorrento.

The tour is also available from Naples Cruise Terminal. In this case we will take the underground line to get to the railway station and catch the local Circumvesuviana train. The ride to Pompeii is available every 30 minutes and it takes about half an hour. The entrance to the archaeological site is within walking distance from Pompeii train station .

Pompeii walking Tour

The Excavations of Pompeii are too big to be visited entirely in just one day. The aim of our guided walking tour is to explore an example for each typology of building in order to have an overview of the ancient Pompeii and of Roman World at that time. Your private guide will adapt the tour to your pace and energy.

At Pompeii you will first admire the city walls, dating back to the pre-roman Pompeii (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 there is a not-to-be-missed building, 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 stone (a 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 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 famous human casts.

Close to the main square there were public Bath-Houses 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 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!

Do not miss the chance to discover Pompeii 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 fresh-squeezed orange juice or to browse the souvenir shops if you wish to bring some souvenir home.

Same way back.

Upon request you can choose to stay for longer on your own in the site. In that case the guide will provide the time table and the tickets to go back on your own.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
30th May 2018

My daughter and I traveled to Pompeii with Giuseppe. He was able to meet us at our hotel. From there we rode the “Tube” to the train station and then took the train to Pompeii. Giuseppe is very knowledgable and excited to share his knowledge of Pompeii with you. Pompeii is truly amazing to see! After our wonderful tour of Pompeii, we traveled back to Naples. Giuseppe was kind of nice to walk us to the National Archaeological Museum and pointed out a wonderful restaurant near the Museum. We were so happy to spend our day with such a great tour guide!

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