Wonders of Ancient Pompeii

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Activity Level
Moderate
Duration
2 hours

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 4 reviews
15th September 2019

Best Tour ever ! As Kiwis travelling through Europe, visiting historic sites and learning about ancient history is such an excitement. Stefania was fantastic, she was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We learnt so much from her, she was energetic ( even in the 35+ heat) She answered all our questions, she was easy to understand. We had a fantastic time, that will be a treasured memory.

7th November 2017

Fabrizio was super knowledgeable, cordial and just the perfect private tour guide. We learned all secrets of the city. He took us around spots that avoided the masses and gave us a truly memorable, bespoke experience. Thank you, Fabrizio