Explore the 2,000-year-old city of Pompeii!
After months of closure following the COVID-19 pandemic, Pompeii is set to open up to tourists -- with an added bonus! The site will allow tourists into areas that have previously never been open to the public. However, this move comes with several health and safety measures in place to ensure public safety. If you plan to visit Pompeii, please ensure that you’ve familiarized yourself with the new guidelines and restrictions in place.
Here are all the public safety measures at Pompeii:
Once upon a time, Pompeii was a vibrant blue-collar town until the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 covered it under a thick carpet of volcanic ash and reduced it to ruins and debris. Today, what is left of the ancient city of Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage site and pulls millions of visitors yearly.
This archeological site, set on the coast of the Bay of Naples, is about 240 km from Rome and just about 25 km from Naples, making it an excellent day trip option. Moreover, coming so close to Pompeii and not visiting the Pompeii Ruins and Mount Vesuvius is an absolute crime! There’s plenty of historic sites to be visited and olden culture to be soaked in! Book your Pompeii tickets today to explore a gem of European history.
Due to the vast space it covers, exploring the ruins of Pompeii can feel overwhelming. The best solution is to opt for a guided tour of Pompeii. A professional, multi-lingual tour guide will accompany you along the way, guiding you towards all the main points of attraction and enlightening you with interesting trivia and history of the landmark.
Owing to its popularity, the ruins of Pompeii are almost always crowded, particularly if you plan to visit during peak season. If you’re looking for a way to bypass the long waiting queues, your best bet would be to opt for priority access tickets. With these, you can avoid the long lines and get straight to the entrance without wasting time.
The closest city to Pompeii is Naples, located at about a 30 km distance. Planning your commute between the two regions can be quite a hassle. To avoid this, you can opt for tickets that include return transfers. In this way, you will be picked up and dropped back off to your hotel in an air-conditioned coach.
Children between the ages of 3-17 and EU Nationals can book discounted tickets. Infants under the age of 2 can enter for free.
Pompeii skip the lines tickets also come with a dedicated audio guide option. The audio-guides are available in Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, and Mandarin.
These tickets cannot be canceled, amended or refunded
Cancel up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund
Cancel up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund
Cancel up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund
While there's plenty to explore and discover in Pompeii, here is a list of things to do in Pompeii.
Also known as the Villa of the Mysteries, the site is a well-preserved landmark in the Pompeii ruins, complete with a garden and terrace. It is fabled for its wall frescos which are believed to illustrate the initiation of a young woman into a Greco-Roman mystery cult. It was discovered in 1910 and is said to have belonged to the Istacidii’s, a wealthy family that resided in Pompeii during the Augustan Era.
Also known as the Homeric House or The Iliadic House, this is 2nd Century villa in Pompeii is famous for its mosaic floors and fresco walls that depict detailed stories of Greek mythology. Archaeologist Antonio Bonucci excavated the house in 1824; despite its small size, it is deemed to have the best interiors amongst all the houses in Pompeii due to the still-visible frescoes and elegant decor.
Located behind Teatro Grande, this landmark is a Roman temple dedicated to Isis, an Egyptian goddess. It was one of the first sites that surfaced when the Pompeii excavations began. The first temple built in 62 AD was destroyed by an earthquake; the current structure was built to replace it. Principal devotees of the Temple are believed to be women, slaves and freedmen. It is believed to have been used as a forum for social, political and economic gatherings.
One of Pompeii’s most important -- and most-visited -- religious buildings, the Temple of Apollo, is dedicated to the Greek and Roman god Apollo. The temple has 48 Ionic columns and stands on a high podium. In this compound, you will find a bronze statue of Apollo archer and in front, you will find the bust of Diana in the original location that they were before it was buried under debris.
Pompeii Spectacula, the amphitheater of Pompeii, was built around 70 BC. It is the oldest surviving Roman amphitheater known, built of stone; earlier, amphitheater’s were said to have been built with wood. The Colosseum in Rome postdates the Pompeii Spectacula by over a century! This amphitheater has given historians a great deal of information about the gladiatorial culture of Rome as it was the primary ground for major sporting events during the time.
The Stabian Baths stand close to the Forum and are the oldest in the city. It is evidently divided into 2 sections along the same axis: male and female, with a courtyard gym. Much like other Roman baths, there were different rooms with thermal pools of different temperatures and depths. Apparently, hot water ran through the chamber walls for heating. The dressing rooms here are an interesting detail with figurative panels of mythological figures and athletes.
Lupanare, Roman for “wolf den”, was the largest and most famous brothel in Pompeii. The prostitutes here were called Lupa (Roman for she-wolf) and were said to be frequented daily by patrons and traders from across Italy. Those days, brothels were typically small with a few rooms; over the years, 35 lupanares have been found around Pompeii. They were identified by erotic paintings on their walls; like phalluses engraved on paving or stones on house facades around the Lupanar.
Spanning an entire block, the House of Vettii is one of the largest in Pompeii, preserved in almost pristine condition. This luxurious Domus, through its fresco and pictorial depictions, tells a great deal about the rich merchants of Pompeii. It is said that the brothers Aulo Vettio Restituto and Aulo Vettio Conviva who owned the house, had the walls decorated by one of the best painters in Pompeii in order to flaunt their status symbol.
Also known as Casa del Fauno, this house was built during the 2nd century BC and is found to be one of the largest and most impressive private residences in Pompeii. This luxurious aristocratic household was home to several famed pieces of art like the legendary Alexander Mosaic, and speaks a great deal about the lives of the rich Romans. It houses 2 atriums, one intended for residence and the other for work.
The Forum was the center of all cultural and political activities of Pompeii. The large, rectangular open space was also thought to be the home of the marketplace and the bathhouses. The cross-shaped design of the courthouse was later adopted by churches across Europe. Albeit most of the buildings lie in ruins, the nobility and splendor of the erstwhile Pompeii can still be approximated by simply observing the elaborate architecture and designs of the town.
Pompeii's opening hours are from 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM between Tuesday to Sunday.
Ideally, it would take two days to complete an entire tour of the ruins; however, you can tour the major parts of the town within a day.
The best time to visit Pompeii is during the off-season, between October to April, if you’re looking to avoid large crowds.
The closest cities to Pompeii are Rome and Naples. From these cities, the fastest and most economical way to get to Pompeii is by taking the train or opting for Pompeii tickets that include hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Yes. You can take a train from your location and get off at Stazione Trenitalia Pompei, the primary train station in Pompeii.
There are three primary entrances to enter Pompeii: Porta Marina, Piazza Anfiteatro and Piazza Esedra. The ones commonly used by guests are Porta Marina and Piazza Anfiteatro.
With your skip-the-line Pompeii tickets, you get audio guides as well. You can choose from multiple language options like English, Spanish, German, Italian and French.
Yes, the ruins of Pompeii are wheelchair-accessible. Several pathways have been created to facilitate ease of movement.
No. Large backpacks or suitcases are not permitted on the premises. A small baggage counter is available where you can check in personal belongings like coats, umbrellas, purses, etc.
Yes. Photograph is permitted at Pompeii.
Plan a day trip from Rome to Pompeii. With your tickets, get skip-the-line access to bypass the long waiting lines and enjoy informative tours with a professional guide. Moreover, you also get return transfers with your tickets, allowing you to avoid the hassle of planning a commute. On a Rome to Pompeii day trip, you can also opt for combo offers that will take you on a tour of neighboring regions like the Amalfi Coast or the city of Naples. Additionally, you can opt for tickets that also provide access to Mount Vesuvius as part of the tour.
Plan a day trip from Naples to Pompeii. With your tickets, enjoy informative tours with a professional guide and return transfers, allowing you to avoid the hassle of planning your commute. On a Naples to Pompeii day trip, you can also opt for combo offers that will take you on a tour of neighboring regions like the Amalfi Coast or Capri. Additionally, you can opt for tickets that also provide access to Mount Vesuvius as part of the tour.
The tragic story of Pompeii has been told and re-told over centuries of a bustling little town that was flattened under a blanket of volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted back in 79 AD. Today, not only can visitors explore the ruins of Pompeii, but they have the rare opportunity of visiting the infamous volcano as well! When you book a tour of Mount Vesuvius, you can actually trek right up to the crater and take a peak inside. Note that all Pompeii tickets do not include a tour of the volcano; you would have to specifically book tickets that include a tour of Mount Vesuvius.Mount Vesuvius Tickets
When Mount Vesuvius erupted back in 79 AD, Pompeii wasn't the only town that was buried under volcanic ash -- its neighboring town, Herculaneum, was destroyed as well. When excavation began back in the 1700s, archaeologists were pleasantly surprised to find that most of the town was perfectly preserved. Ancient villas, wooden objects like roofs and doors, along with daily items like papyrus and even food was found to be in near-perfect condition. Book a tour of Herculaneum to gain an interesting insight into the lifestyle and culture of its people.Herculaneum Tickets
The Royal Palace of Caserta is a stunning landmark located in Southern Italy, located just about 45 minutes from Pompeii. It was the official residence of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies in the Kingdom of Naples, constructed on the orders of King Charles III to rival the Palace of Versailles. In 1997, it was marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the world's largest royal residences today. The palace is simply extraordinary, covering an area of approximately 235,000 m2 (2,529,519 sq. ft) and designed with classic Baroque architecture and influence. Its complex features a massive park with artificial fountains and several gardens; the palace's interiors include about 1,200 rooms spread across five floors, a large library and even a theatre.Royal Palace of Caserta Tickets
Located just about 30 minutes from the ruins of Pompeii, the city of Naples is sure to give you the ultimate Italian experience. Often overshadowed by popular cities like Rome, Florence and Venice, Naples however holds it own. Home to several historic castles, cathedrals and museums, there's plenty to explore in Naples. Soak in the ancient ruins, indulge in authentic Italian pizza, and explore its artistic side. Another major benefit of visiting Naples is that it is a great location to take day trips from, to regions like Pompeii, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, etc. Book Pompeii tours that include a visit to the city of Naples and make the most of your Italian experience.
The little island of Capri is famed for its picturesque landscape, sparkling blue ocean and vast expanse of lush greenery. It is the ideal day trip destination, often frequented by top celebrities as well. A major attraction in Italy is the Faraglioni; these are three massive limestone rock formations situated between the ocean. You can take a relaxing boat tour out to view them, or even swim out and get a close-up look. Another thing to not miss out on is the food! Indulge in fresh pizzas, delicious gelato and more. When in Capri, make sure to visit the less-visited but equally beautiful little town of Anacapri and explore the quaint lanes, shop till you drop and enjoy nature walks.Tours to Capri Island
Few places define the magnificent Italian landscape like the Amalfi Coast. Spread across only 30 miles, the coast is dotted with colorful little houses, massive trees and towering mountains, and of course, the glittering blue-green ocean. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Amalfi Coast comprises several beautiful little municipalities like Scala and Amalfi. While at the Amalfi Coast, indulge in some limoncello liqueur, explore ancient cathedrals and churches, stroll along the bustling piazzas, and lounge by the stunning beaches.Tours to Amalfi Coast
Q. Is it safe to visit Pompeii post-COVID-19?
A. To ensure the safety of its visitors, Pompeii now accepts only online reservations. Several safety measures and guidelines have also been enforced to ensure the safety of its visitors.
Q. What are the safety measures and guidelines in place at the Pompeii ruins?
A. In light of COVID-19, multiple health and safety measures have been enforced. Pompeii now accepts only online reservations. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and face throughout their entire visit; they will also be subject to temperature checks by thermal scanners before entry. Only 10 individuals are permitted per tour group, and visitors will be allowed in 15-minute slots.
Q. Are Pompeii tickets available online now?
A. Yes. You can book your Pompeii tickets online as they now accept only digital reservations.
Q. What is the cancelation policy for Pompeii tickets?
A. It depends on the Pompeii ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation.
Q. What is the maximum group size for guided Pompeii tours?
A. Pompeii is accepting guided tour groups with a maximum of 10 visitors.
Q. What are Pompeii opening hours post-COVID-19?
A. Pompeii opening hours post-COVID-19 are 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM (final entry at 05:30 PM). It will remain closed on Mondays.
Q. Where is the entrance for Pompeii?
A. Visitors can enter Pompeii only through Piazza Anfiteatro and exit through Piazza Esedra.
Q. Are Rome to Pompeii day trips available?
A. Yes. You can book Rome to Pompeii day trips now. Your experience would include priority access, guided tours, return transfers and a combo tour of neighboring regions like the Amalfi Coast or Naples. Additionally, you can also opt to book Mount Vesuvius tours.
Q. Are Naples to Pompeii day trips available?
A. Yes. You can book Naples to Pompeii tours now. Your experience would include guided tours, return transfers and a combo tour of neighboring regions like the Amalfi Coast or Capri. Additionally, you can also opt to book Mount Vesuvius tours.
Q. Are Mount Vesuvius tours included in my Pompeii tickets?
A. No. You would have to specifically book Pompeii tickets that include Mount Vesuvius tours.