Take a day tour from Rome to visit the fascinating ruined city of Pompeii. This great value tour offers you maximum flexibility. Book your seat on the coach at a great value price and on the day you can decide whether to pay extra to join the guided tour or explore on your own.
Discover amazing details about this once prosperous city of shops, villas, taverns, gyms and brothels. Walk the streets and see the well-worn cart tracks and the pedestrian crossing points.
Find out how the Pompeians lived, worked and played. Visit the houses, the theaters, and the baths. See everyday objects perfectly preserved for centuries by the smothering ash. View haunting plaster-casts of the fleeing inhabitants and some of their domestic animals.
Everyone should visit Pompeii at least once in a lifetime. It is a unique and powerful experience.
The bus leaves from Rome at 7:30am and there will be a comfort stop after 2 hours. You will arrive in Naples at about 10:30am. For a short stop in this intriguing city. The bus then stops at the port to let out those travelling to Capri.
You will also stop for a visit to an ancient cameos and coral factory in Torre del Greco. Your journey will then continue on to Pompeii for lunch at a local restaurant and a visit to the excavations.
Step back 2000 years and explore the ancient city of Pompeii, the world’s most famous archaeological site. Together with the nearby city of Herculaneum, Pompeii was destroyed during a two-day eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD.
The catastrophic event buried Pompeii under 22 meters of ash and pumice, which preserved the city buildings and objects to a remarkable degree. The bodies of the citizens decomposed under the ash leaving spaces which were later filled with plaster or resin by archaeologists to create eerie statues of the victims in their last seconds of life.
You can walk the streets where the citizens of Pompeii went about their daily lives. Notice how the stones are worn with cart tracks. Also look out for the stone blocks that allowed pedestrians to cross the street and which also acted as speed controls for carriages. In the ground you can see small shiny tiles called cat eyes. The moon’s light or candle light reflected off these tiles and gave light, so people could see where they were walking at night.
You can see the Forum, the center of cultural and political life, the bath houses, and the Lupanare (the brothel) with its erotic frescoes.
Look at some of the homes and see how the Pompeians lived. In the villas of the rich you can see many beautiful murals. A good example is the House of the Vettii an example of a home owned by wealthy merchants. You can also see the House of the Tragic Poet – a typical middle-class house which has a mosaic of a chained dog and the inscription “Cave canem” ("Beware of the dog!").
You can visit the The Anfiteatro (Amphitheater), where Pompeians went for entertainment, usually gladiator fights. As well as the plaster casts of the victims of the eruption, you will see many everyday objects such as pots, which survived under the ash.
After Pompeii, you will board the coach for the return to Rome.
I chose to add on the guided tour of Pompeii with lunch, and Naples. Glad I did as Pompeii seems to only have places to get lunch for tour buses. Our guide Lilly is an...MISS V JONES
Adrian the Driver was Excellent...Mark Dembski
Thank you so much for a well organised, good value for money day. It was truly a day we will never forget. Your efforts to accommodate my disabled husband were superb....Mrs Patsy Littlejohns
Via Aureliana 59/61: 7:15am
Pick up from city centre hotels: Between 6:30am - 7:00am
Pick up is available from selected Rome hotels (in the areas of Termini, Navona, Vaticano, Via Veneto, Trevi, Coliseo, Aventino, Piazza Fiume/ Porta Pia, San Giovanni, Piazza di Spagna, Via Nazionale and Villa Borghese).
If your hotel is not in one of these areas you will need to meet the shuttle at Via Aureliana 59/61 (the nearest station is Termini)
(We require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)
The tour returns to the starting point
Wear comfortable shoes and, in summer, bring a hat and sun-screen. Carry a bottle of water and don’t forget the camera! Bring a guidebook if you are not taking the option of a guided tour
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm the pick-up and departure details.
An optional add-on to this tour includes the Pompeii entrance fee, a guided tour and lunch in a restaurant in Pompeii. You can pre-book this package at the activity operator’s office before departure, on the bus or when you arrive in Pompeii. Please note that credit card payment is only possible in the activity operator’s office before departure. On the bus or at Pompeii you need to pay by cash.
Reductions to Pompeii entrance fee are offered to EU citizens aged 18-24 and EU permanent school teachers. Reductions and free tickets can be issued only by showing a valid document (passport, identity card, driving license).
Hotel pick up is not offered from Hotel Ripa (Via degli Orti di Trastevere)
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