Pompeii Tour from Naples: what to see in in one day

Few archaeological sites offer a more immersive travel experience than the excavated ruins of Pompeii. Are you ready to take an unforgettable journey through an engaging Pompeii tour from Naples? Pompeii is located 30 minutes from Naples and it is one of the largest archaeological sites in Italy.

The historic town was buried under 20 feet of volcanic ashes during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79; it was accidentally discovered in the 18th century and, due to the lack of air and moisture, artefacts were still very well preserved.

Today, the site covers 33 square kilometres and once on the site, you will walk through the paved city streets.

The layout is just as it would have been before the eruption, with private homes mixed in with shops, restaurants, temples, an amphitheatre and even a hotel.

And the extent of the preservation gives an amazing insight into how the Romans lived here.

You can see graffiti carved into the walls, indentations in the road which have been worn down by the wheels of chariots, and an early ‘beware of the dog’ sign made out of mosaic tiles. A Pompeii tour from Naples is a journey into the history, time and lives of the city’s inhabitants.

Every year, approximately 2.5 million people visit this city to firsthand where time came to a screeching halt. This vivid glimpse into their daily lives and habits is a rare privilege you can’t get from anywhere else.

Though you could spend an entire day touring the site, the average time needed for your Pompeii tour from Naples is about three-four hours.

Touring Pompeii is not difficult, but in order not to waste time, we recommend to book a tour guide.

There are no signboards and not too many descriptors in Pompeii, hence making sense of what you’re seeing will be hard.

Having a guide along with you in enriching as the local guides are so knowledgeable that they have lores and facts that surface nowhere on the internet. (Admission tickets: € 15)

Pompeii Travel Tips: Things to know before you go!

-If you’re planning a Pompeii tour from Naples, make sure you grab your tickets in advance as the queues outside can take up to an hour during peak season. Skip the line tickets with guided tours are highly recommended.

-Wear comfortable shoes and bring with you a sandwich, water, smartphone for photos, sunscreen in summer and umbrella in winter… there is much to see and you have to walk.
-Luggage or bags larger than 30x30x15cm are not allowed into Pompeii. There is a cloakroom at the entrance gates where you can leave bags and there is a commercial left luggage facility by the Circumvesuviana train station.

-Once inside Pompeii, facilities are minimal and totally non-commercial. There is just one small restaurant/cafe and restroom facility in the middle of the site.

-Keep your camera handy: photos are permitted so yes, you can fill your Instagram feed with wonderful photos snapped with your smartphone. Larger cameras are permitted as well for photos and videos so long as they don’t require professional equipment.

-Don’t miss: Villa of the Mysteries, one of the most captivating and mysterious in the entire ruins

-The train is the easiest mode of transportation when it comes to travelling from Naples to Pompeii. Once you arrive at the main station in Naples (Stazione Centrale), you’ll want to look for the Circumvesuviana train, as this is the one that will take you right to Pompeii.

The train takes about 35 minutes and you’ll get off at your stop “Pompei Scavi/Villa dei Misteri”. Few minutes away from the train station you’ll find the main entrance to Pompeii ruins.

Pompeii Hotels – Where to Stay

resort bosco de medici

Best luxury hotel: Resort Bosco De Medici 4*

A unique oasis of peace

The Resort Bosco De’ Medici (situated behind the Sanctuary and bordering the archeological site) covers an area of 4 hectares. It is an ideal place to live a holiday of relax and wellness, if you wish to reconcile with nature, if you are looking for peace and quiet in a confortable hotel, in the Italian most visited city of art. The property features an on-site bar, horse riding stables, a petting zoo and an organic garden.

hotel forum

Best mid-range hotel: Hotel Forum 4*

Fabulous breakfast

Opposite the entrance to the Pompeii excavations, this hotel is situated in the heart of the town, just a 5-minute walk away from the main Piazza. Personally run by the owners, Hotel Forum offers a quiet and relaxing stay. It distinguishes itself for the warm hospitality and the high quality service its staff can offer to either leisure or business tourists.

hotel del sole

Best budget hotel: Hotel del Sole 4*

Excellent location

Located right in front of the Pompeii archeological site, Hotel del Sole offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, and some with a panoramic balcony.Some rooms overlook the Vesuvio and the archeological site, while others overlook the garden. A breakfast of sweet and savoury items, such as cold cuts and croissants is served daily at the Hermes Café restaurant with relaxation area and views of Pompeii archaeological site.

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