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Activity Level
Moderate
Duration
4 hours

Highlights

Explore the Excavations of Pompeii at your own pace with this private tour. Follow the steps of great travellers and enter the myth: the Ancient town of Pompeii has been buried for centuries under volcanic ashes. Together with your guide you will explore the public Baths, the private Homes, the Forum, Taverns, Shops, Theatres and more: an incredible journey through time back to the Roman Times!

Included

Mercedes private vehicle with a professional driver, all taxes, fuel, parking fees and pay tolls.

Extra

Entrance fees to Pompeii.

Optional

Private tour guide in Pompeii or for the entire tour, Skip the line tickets (if any guide option selected), Pompeii 4kids option.

Meeting place

Where request in Naples, Sorrento or Salerno.

Wheelchair friendly

Please ask us about the Accessible Pompeii Tour.

Dress code

Casual with comfortable shoes.

Additional info

The tour is available as a Private Shore Excursion from the Port of Naples or Sorrento or Salerno.

Pompeii is too big to be visited entirely in one day. Leisure Italy  will make sure you see the highlights. The aim of our optional guided tour is visiting an example for each typology of building.

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Practical Info

Your private driver will meet you in Naples, Sorrento or Salerno where requested.

The Site of Ancient Pompeii is located on the Bay of Naples in between Naples, Salerno and Sorrento. Along the road you can see and feel the towering presence of Mt Vesuvius on your left.  On the other side you will instead enjoy nice views of the Bay of Naples and its islands. In a distance across the Bay lays Cape Misenum, where the Roman Military Navy was based and from where Pliny the Elder started his description of the eruption.

Please be aware Pompeii site is extended  on a surface of approximately 160 acres. To make the best of your time Leisure Italy offers a professional guided service. Our guided walking tour shall be adapted on the interests and walking attitude of the participants.

The following is a suggested itinerary for our private guided walking tour but please let us know if you have any special request.

In  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 with its port, with a path for charts and one for people.

Right before this gate there is a not-to-be-missed, 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 (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 Forum 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 a stop by 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.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 4 reviews
10th September 2019

I had no idea what to expect with this tour but after reading many reviews, we went with this company, and we were not disappointed. Flavia was an exceptional tour guide, really knew her stuff. She was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting and answered all our questions. I can’t imagine trying to navigate thru this attraction without a guide, it would be overwhelming and I don’t think you’d have the same great experience taking it all in. Call Flavia to get that experience!!

26th February 2019

First of all, our tour guide Fabrizio was amazing. A thoughtful and knowledgeable local who has been giving Pompeii tours for 25 years.

He walked us through a magical tour of Pompeii that enthralled our family. We know so much about this period in history in the area because Pompeii is spectacularly preserved.

The citizens of Pompeii were extraordinarily advanced with indoor plumbing and architecture.

I won’t spoil the whole tour. Just know it was one of the highlights of our visit to Italy.