You could easily spend a day or two exploring Pompeii and still not uncover everything.

But to truly delve into the main archaeological and architectural marvels Pompeii has to offer, we recommend allocating at least four hours for your visit.

In 79 AD, this bustling city on Italy’s west coast met its fate, buried beneath a thick layer of ash and stone as Mount Vesuvius erupted nearby. Despite nearly two millennia passing since, much of the city remains in tact due to the eruption burying much of its buildings, and inhabitants under a thick layer of lava and ash.

Must-See Sights in Pompeii

With a history spanning over 2500 years, Pompeii boasts numerous captivating, well-preserved architectural wonders just waiting to be discovered! Easilythe most renowned are the People of Pompeii. Discovered in 1748, the excavation revealed many skeletons of eruption victims. Plaster casts of these victims’ bodies are now on display for the public in the Museum of Pompeii. Additionally, visitors can see ancient graffiti dotted around the city, which offers insights into the political and social lives of Romans at the time. It’s an archeology lover’s paradise.

  • Fascinating Structures

Temples, shops, cafes, bathhouses, brothels, and homes have all been unearthed in Pompeii. Among the significant discoveries is the city’s amphitheater, the oldest known in all of Ancient Rome, with a capacity to seat over 2000 people! These buildings provide glimpses into Pompeii’s rich history, showcasing the city’s wealth, social divisions, and daily routines. Notable sites include Villa dei Misteri, House of the Tragic Poet, and House of the Faun.

The very volcano that sealed Pompeii’s fate, Mount Vesuvius beckons visitors, whether seasoned hikers or casual observers. The ascent is relatively straightforward, taking no more than 40 minutes. At the summit, breathtaking 360-degree views await, encompassing Naples, the Bay of Naples coastline, and the islands of Capri and Ischia. Rest assured, if signs indicate an impending eruption, public access to the walk will be restricted.

  • Stunning Art

Pompeii boasts a wealth of renowned artworks, many of which are intricate mosaics crafted from colored glass, ceramic, or stone. Among the most famous is the , depicting the battle between Alexander the Great and King Darius III of Persia. While the original is housed in Naples’ National Museum of Archaeology, an exact copy graces the House of the Faun in Pompeii.

Join a Pompeii city tour

Add a Pompeii tour to your Italy itinerary and visit the main attractions the city has on offer. We offer day trips from Naples, Sorrento and Rome. Check them out via the link below!

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