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Following the mighty Mount Vesuvius’ destructive eruption in AD 79, the ancient city of Pompeii was little more than a distant memory. That is, until budding architect Domenico Fontana came across the site when digging a canal in the 16th century. Remarkably well-preserved for centuries thanks to a thick layer of volcanic stone from the Vesuvius’ eruption, the humble town of Pompeii stands today as a UNESCO heritage-listed site, providing travellers with a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse into ancient eras gone by. Stroll the streets of Pompeii and poke around in Pompeii attractions like the millennia-old homes, shops, temples, cafes, amphitheatres and even the local brothel. See how the other half lived during this age-old era, uniquely fossilised and now one of the most compelling archaeological sites to date.

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Things to do in Pompeii

  • Our tips for Pompeii

    Our tips for Pompeii
    • It’s a day-trip destination. Seeing this UNESCO Heritage site is the highlight of touring the Pompeii region. The ruins can be explored in detail in a few hours, so Pompeii day trips from Rome are the ideal way to ensure you’re making the most of your Italian getaway.
    • Have a bath… or at least look at one. The ruin’s oldest bath and one of the key Pompeii attractions, the Stabian Baths boast a big chamber, and sees a lot less crowds than the city’s other bathing sites. Preserved bodies are also on display here.
    • Take some time out at the Great Palestra. Next to the amphitheatre, the Great Palace was also an ancient exercise park. The perfect place to take a breather, visitors often head to Great Palestra to have a picnic on these stunning greenery between Pompeii tours.
  • Good to know

    Good to know
    Best Time To Visit This site is beautifully evocative year-round. With plenty of things to do in Pompeii, a Pompeii day tour should be added to your Italian itinerary no matter what the season. During the hot summer months however, opt for Pompeii tours that run first-thing in the morning to avoid the early afternoon’s peak heat. When considering what to do in Pompeii, and when to do it, make sure you take into account that the site is exposed to the sun throughout the day.
    Getting Around Most Pompeii day tours take you directly from Rome to Pompeii by coach. To take your own Pompeii day trip, a train from Rome to Pompeii via Naples takes about 3 hours and runs regularly, although train prices can add up.
    Stay Safe When visiting the Pompeii ruins, which attracts huge crowds, Keep these precautions in tow so your trip can go off without a hitch…
    • Be sure to protect yourself against pickpockets by staying vigilant, and keeping your personal belongings safe and secure.
    • In case of emergency dial 112 for police, or 115 for fire.
    Money Saving Tips Bring some snacks and a water bottle to avoid overcharged tourist prices at the nearby food outlets. Pompeii sightseeing day tours covers both travel and admission costs in one. Plus, if you’re unsure of things to do in Pompeii, your on-site guide will provide the knowledge and historical context to this visit that’s not necessarily found on the audio guide. Peek at one of our trips to pick up a good deal and clarify what to do in Pompeii!
    Did you know? Impress your fellow travellers with these interesting titbits about the Pompeii Ruins
    • Lapilli (burning fragments of pumice stone) covered the town of Pompeii during the Mount Vesuvius’ eruption. These burning stone fragments acted as a protective layer against the elements of time and erosion over the town. Once dug up, the site of Pompeii ruins was revealed as a remarkably well preserved site with countless historical significance.
    • The townspeople of Pompeii weren’t aware that Mount Vesuvius was a volcano, as the mountain had not erupted for 1,800 years before the destructive events of 79AD.
    • Pompeii’s brothel (or ‘Lupanar’) is located on a narrow, winding street in the town’s centre, and is one of the most visited sites of the ruins. The site was identified as a brothel by its layout, – the space is divided into cubicles, each with a separate masonry bed, – the explicit graffiti that listed sexual acts and its prices, as well as the many erotic wall paintings.

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