Wonders of Ancient Pompeii

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Highlights

Enjoy a Private Guided Tour of the Ancient Pompeii, the incredible Roman City buried by Mount Vesuvius. This private walking tour 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.

Included

Private licensed tour guide.

Extra

Admission fees to the archaeological site.

Optional

Skip the line tickets. Pompeii 4kids option.

Meeting place

Café Hortus Pompeii, Piazza Porta Marina Superiore 1, Pompei.

Wheelchair friendly

No. Please ask for our Accessible Pompeii.

Dress code

Casual with comfortable shoes.

Additional info

All the walking will be adapted to the group, although this tour requires some endurance, especially in summer time.

Upon request we can arrange transport.

Road book

Practical Info

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 the ancient Pompeii and of Roman World at that time. Your private guide shall make sure the tour will adapt to your pace and energy.

City Walls

At 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 there is a not-to-be-missed building, the Suburban Bath House, recently excavated and therefore very well preserved.

On the road

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 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 famous human casts.

The Bath House

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).

Taverns

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.

Bakery

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.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
15th February 2017

Fabrizio Belleni gave us a wonderful 2hr+ tour today that really brought Pompeii alive for us & our children. His tour meant we got so much more out of our afternoon than if we had just gone ourselves with a map. His knowledge & friendly professionalism were invaluable – this tour was an absolute highlight of our holiday & we’d thoroughly recommend it.

13th January 2017

We booked a two hour private tour of Pompeii with our family of four (Mum Dad and two teenagers). Unexpectedly Fabrizio was waiting at the Pompeii Scavi station holding a sign with our name – he had worked out what train we would be on from our correspondence! We had arrived early so his meeting us at the station meant we could start our tour earlier than arranged which was excellent as it was expected to rain later in the day.That was going above and beyond what we expected. Fabrizio has an incredible depth of knowledge which he generously shared with us on our 2 hour tour. We were captivated by his commentary and the areas that he showed us. He also ensured that we saw as much as possible of the site during our tour. He also made some helpful suggestions for other sites we could visit during our stay. We enjoyed our tour very much, which was one of the highlights of our holiday in Italy . I would highly recommend Fabrizio of Leisure Italy tours to any one visiting Naples/ Sorrento/ Pompeii/Herculaneum and will definitely contact him again if we visit in the future.

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