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Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

1. Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

Transport yourself back to Roman times on a guided tour of Pompeii led by an archeologist. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site for 2 hours with the help of your expert guide, who will take you around the city preserved by volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. Choose the experience you would like to have, with the choice of either a shared small-group tour or a private tour for your and your group alone. Skip the line when you enter the city at Porta Marina Superiore, one of the ancient city’s 7 gates. Walk the main streets and wander around the Forum, the old heart of the city and the center of public life. From here you can see Mount Vesuvius overlooking the city. Discover highlights such as the basilica (business and legal center), thermal baths, temples, bakery and great Theater of Pompeii. Listen to interesting anecdotes from your archeological guide, who will tell you about people who lived in Pompeii. Peek at plaster casts of those who were in the city at the time of the eruption. See well-maintained artworks, mosaics, and frescoes and travel back nearly 2000 years. Highlights include the House of the Vetti and the Lupanar Brothel. Find out how this famous brothel got its name and see its preserved stone beds and frescoes. Get great tips from your guide at the end of the tour about how to spend the rest of your day, or even choose to stay inside the archeological site longer to explore on your own. Get directions to the Sanctuary Dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, the local cathedral that is located close to the excavation site. You can also get directed to the Amphitheater and Orto dei Fuggiaschi.

Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

2. Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Explore the world-famous Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius on a guided day trip starting from Naples or Sorrento. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Pompeii and admire the Bay of Naples from Vesuvius’ summit. Start at Pompeii, where you can skip the ticket line before your guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  With your guide, inspect well-preserved ruins, artworks, mosaics, and frescoes, including the Roman Forum, and Temple of Apollo. Even glance at plaster casts of people in the city at the time of Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. Exit the archeological site with your guide and enjoy some free time to wander around Pompeii town. Choose the lunch option for a two-course meal consisting of a main course, a dessert, and one drink followed by a round of Limoncello tasting Next up is Mount Vesuvius. Skip the majority of the arduous climb, with your vehicle taking you 1000m up the volcano.  From there, enjoy a 30-minute walk to the crater’s edge, where you’ll have some free time to explore. Take the opportunity to savor and photograph unforgettable views over the whole of the Bay of Naples from here. Look out for the official alpine guides at the summit who can share the volcano’s turbulent history with you.  The day trip ends with a transfer back to Naples or Sorrento.

From Naples or Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

3. From Naples or Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

Visit Italy’s Amalfi Coast and all its must-see sights on a day trip from either Naples or Sorrento. See the coast’s colorful cliff towns, including visits to Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi itself. Join your guide at your meeting point in either Naples or Sorrento before your scenic drive to your first stop. Venture into the cliffside village of Positano with your guide, who will drop you in the center and give you a quick introduction. Enjoy an hour to yourself to explore Positano's pebble beaches, narrow café-lined streets, and perhaps even go for a swim. Take in the stunning views of this cliffside town from the shores. Personalize your 2 hours in the town of Amalfi with options including a boat trip along the coast. Select the lunch option and choose from a variety of gourmet sandwiches with 1 bottle of water. Alternatively, take time to explore the historical town on your own. If exploring by yourself, don’t miss the iconic Sant'Andrea Cathedral, home to eclectic Byzantine, Norman, and Moorish architectural styles. Finally, visit the beautiful town of Ravello, with its pretty streets and gelato shops. Enjoy an hour at your leisure for sights like the 13th-century Villa Rufolo with its picturesque gardens overlooking the sea, before your journey back to Sorrento or Naples.

Ercolano: Herculaneum Priority Entrance Ticket

4. Ercolano: Herculaneum Priority Entrance Ticket

Gain instant access to the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum with your priority entrance ticket. Herculaneum was buried under ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD but, unlike the nearby site of Pompeii, a lot of the town was preserved: roofs, beds, doors, food, and even 300 skeletons. Walk the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and get a glimpse of what life was like before the devastating eruption. Marvel at artifacts that have kept their original form for almost 2000 years.  Explore intact buildings at your own pace, see well-preserved frescoes and imagine the daily rituals of those using the shops, public gymnasium, and public swimming baths that can still be seen today. 

From Sorrento: Amalfi and Positano Boat Tour

5. From Sorrento: Amalfi and Positano Boat Tour

After pickup from your hotel, your boat tour will depart at 9:00 AM. First, you'll sail around Li Galli island, where the myth of Ulysses and the Sirens is said to have been set. Then your boat will head to the Ancient Marine Republic of Amalfi where you'll enjoy 4 hours of free time to explore the town. Don't miss seeing the main local attractions such as the Cathedral and the Cloister of Paradise. Enjoy some time on the pebble beach, tanning and swimming in the azure waters. You may also want to shop for local products like the world-famous Amalfi Coast lemons and limoncello.  Next, sail towards Positano, where you'll also have about 1.5 hours to yourself. Admire the picturesque Furore and the beautiful old town of Praiano. On the return trip, you'll find the Fjord of Crapolla and the enchanting Islet d'Isca that belongs to Eduardo de Filippo. Finally, arrive back at the port at about 5:15 PM to catch your shuttle back to your accommodations.

Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist Guide

6. Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist Guide

Walk through the ruins of Pompeii with your small group and explore this ancient city, which was buried by Vesuvius in 79 AD. Walk straight past the long lines of tourists and enjoy skip-the-line access to this iconic archaeological site.  Visit the western part of the town, where the most important buildings are located. See monuments such as the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the main street and the theaters. You will also get to see plaster casts of Pompeii's tragic citizens. At the end of the tour, your guide will give you some suggestions on how to spend the rest of the day in the modern city of Pompeii and can direct you towards the Sanctuary Dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, which is just a few steps from the archeological site.

Naples: Underground Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

7. Naples: Underground Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

Immerse yourself into a world beneath Naples and witness the city's history unfold on a guided tour. See relics of ancient times, including the Hypogeum Gardens and Emperor Nero's dressing room. Descend 40 meters into the honeycombed underground of Naples and discover its haunting history. See several cavities excavated in the 4th century and used as cisterns for the city's water supply for nearly 23 centuries. Step into the past as you explore air-raid shelters from World War II, the War Museum, and the Hypogeum Gardens, as well as the Greek-Roman aqueduct. Hear the history behind each turn from your guide. Witness the remains of the ancient Roman Theater of Neapolis and see where Nero kept a private dressing room for when he performed shows in Naples.

From Naples: Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full-Day Tour

8. From Naples: Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full-Day Tour

Immerse yourself in 3 stunning Italian towns on this day trip from Naples. Shop in boutiques, taste limoncello, and enjoy a light lunch on this relaxing day to remember. Depart Naples and journey to Sorrento and admire the beauty of the landscape along the way. Listen to informative commentary during the journey. Stop to taste some of the local limoncello liqueur made from lemons, and then wander the narrow streets for 1 hour. Pop into artisan shops and sample the local delicacies. Continue to Positano and get an hour to go to the beach or admire the colorful flowers in the summer. Shop for the traditional Moda Positano clothes before going to a nice restaurant on the coast to enjoy lunch on a terrace with breathtaking sea views. Next, get 1.5 hours of free time in Amalfi and visit the cathedral or relax on the beach with a handmade ice cream.

Naples: Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

9. Naples: Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

Visit the Amalfi Coast on a day trip from Naples. Take in Sorrento from the sea. Visit Amalfi and Positano, with the option of exploring Ravello too. Admire incredible scenery worthy of a UNESCO World Heritage listing. From the convenient meeting point in Naples, you will transfer to the port of Torre del Greco. From there, set sail to Sorrento, enjoying the amazing Mount Vesuvius in the background and learning about its tragic history from your expert guide. Admire the beauty of the Sorrento coastline: the panoramic terraces overhanging the sea, the Baths of Queen Giovanna, the Bay of Jeranto, and the Protected Sea Area of Punta Campanella. When you arrive at Amalfi, you will have free time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its picturesque views, romantic landscapes, and the cathedral of Saint Andrew. Depending on the option chosen, you can also visit Ravello, a resort town, where you can see the Villa Rufolo and its serene garden, which offers a breathtaking panorama over the entire Gulf of Salerno. Then you will depart for Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast, famous for its narrow streets, small shops, and colorful pottery. You will have some free time here to explore before relaxing on board for the journey back to Naples.

Pompeii: Afternoon to Sunset Guided Tour

10. Pompeii: Afternoon to Sunset Guided Tour

Explore one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe with your expert guide. Stroll through the ancient streets and discover more about the daily life of citizens of Pompeii prior to the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. See many important buildings and structures which were essential for civic life in Roman times, such as the new Antiquarium, the Basilica, the Forum, the thermal baths, and the Theater. Observe what remains of commercial and residential neighborhoods including a bakery and typical housing blocks. After exploring the site, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere as the sun sets over Pompeii at the end of your tour.

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Vincenzo was excellent (he lived in New York)! He even offered to let us contact him later in our trip for restaurant recommendations. It was a treat to be escorted by a native driver in a clear, cool car. The day was very well organized and efficient — we could not have planned all of these activities ourselves, and each part of the day was just as fun as the last. I recommend paying extra for the guide in Pompeii, as she provided additional context that we would have otherwise missed. Make sure to budget an additional €75-125 per person for the tickets and food (or €225-375 total). All around, it was a fabulous day!

We had a wonderful visit throughout the museum. Our guide Nicoletta met us outside the museum 10 minutes prior to our scheduled time. She ushered us in prioritizing our collection visits so that we had no almost no other people around us! She is a true archeologist that has been on many digs! Her explanations helped us understand our visits to Pompei and Herculaneum. She knew the elevator access helped us secure a lost bag successfully and explained every collection perfectly. Some of the best things are very small! It was a great day in a great museum!

What an amazing tour! Beautiful sites, fun and educational. Martha was excellent and fun! We enjoyed everything this tour had to offer. 100% recommended!!

This is the best way to understand the city’s history and culture to decide which area and activities you want to focus on.

Really nice small museum. Worth visiting when seeing the cathedral.