Pompeii opening hours

Plan Your Visit | Pompeii Opening Hours, Facilities

The lost city of Pompeii is a true gem in the history of Europe. Once a thriving town near the Bay of Naples, it was reduced to ash and debris when Mount Vesuvius erupted back in 79 AD. After centuries of being buried, excavation and preservation efforts began between the 18th and 19th Centuries, leading to the discovery of the ruins of Pompeii. Today, tourists from all around the world flock to this fascinating little town to explore its well-reserved remains. 

Plan Your Visit to Pompeii

Opening Hours
Facilities
What are Pompeii opening hours?

Pompeii opening hours are between 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM from Tuesday to Sunday. Final entry is at 05:30 PM.

What is the best time to visit Pompeii?

The best time to visit Pompeii is right at the beginning of the day, when the entrance gates open. The best time of the year to visit Pompeii is during the off season, between November to March since the summer season (between May to September) is always crowded.

When is Pompeii closed?

Pompeii is closed on Mondays and official holidays.

Is luggage storage available at Pompeii?

Large pieces of luggage are not permitted inside the premises of Pompeii. However, you can store your baggage at the storage facilities available before entry. For convenience, you can carry a small backpack or purse.

Is Pompeii wheelchair-accessible?

Yes. A lot of the different paths inside the town have been modified to accommodate wheelchair access. Some paths might have uneven flooring and therefore difficult for wheelchair accessibility.

Are there any dining options at Pompeii?

Yes. Restaurants and cafes are available at Pompeii for visitor use.

What additional facilities are available at Pompeii?

Guests can avail facilities like the ATM, public washrooms, bookshop and more.

Book Your Pompeii Tickets & Tours

Pompeii Skip The Line Entry Tickets
Pompeii Skip The Line Entry Tickets

Pompeii Italian-Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line
Pompeii Italian-Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

Pompeii Half-Day Guided Tour with Transfers from Naples
Pompeii Half-Day Guided Tour with Transfers from Naples

Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Full Day Tour with Lunch from Naples
Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Full Day Tour with Lunch from Naples

Pompeii and Herculaneum Full Day Archaeological Excursion From Naples
Pompeii and Herculaneum Full Day Archaeological Excursion From Naples

Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Full Day Tour from Rome
Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Full Day Tour from Rome

Pompeii and Naples Archeological Full Day Trip from Rome
Pompeii and Naples Archeological Full Day Trip from Rome

Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Day Trip from Rome
Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Day Trip from Rome

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Tips for Your Pompeii Tour

Here are some tips to keep in mind before planning your visit to Pompeii:

1. Wear comfortable shoes and try to avoid footwear with heels. Since there’s plenty of walking involved on uneven surfaces, sneakers/shoes are your best bet.

2. Summers can get pretty hot in Pompeii. If you’re travelling during these months, carry plenty of sunscreen and a bottle of water for your visit. Also try to avoid carrying large bags. 

3. Ensure that you book your Pompeii tickets online and in advance. The site only accepts online reservations right now. 

4. The best way to explore Pompeii is by opting for a guided tour. They are your best bet in learning maximum information and visiting all the prime attractions at Pompeii.

5. If you have the time, try to visit the Mount Vesuvius crater. The perspective you gain from there is just unparalleled to anything.

6. Prepare to spend a good 4-6 hours at the site. While it is impossible to cover everything Pompeii has to offer in a few hours, this time slot should be sufficient to visit the main attractions at least.

FAQs

Q. What are Pompeii opening hours?
A. Pompeii opening hours are between 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM, from Tuesday to Sunday, with final entry at 05:30 PM. It is closed to the public on Mondays.

Q. What is the best time to visit Pompeii?
A. The best time visit Pompeii is early in the morning, when the entry gates open, to avoid large crowds. The best time of year to visit Pompeii is between November to March, which is the off-season.

Q. Is Pompeii wheelchair accessible?
A. Yes. Most paths have been redesigned to accommodate wheelchair accessibility. Some paths, however, have uneven surfacing and might be difficult to visit while on a wheelchair.

Q. Is storage space for luggage available at Pompeii?
A. Yes. While visitors are not permitted to carry large pieces of luggage into Pompeii, storage facilities have been made available to accommodate large baggage.

Q. How long should I spend at Pompeii?
A. While it is impossible to cover the vast premises in a single day, to visit all the major attractions, visitors can plan to spend about 4-6 hours at least, here.

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