Meet your guide at the Santa Maria degli Angeli at 7:00am
Travel along the Highway of Sun as we head towards the city of Naples
Upon entering the city of Naples, catch a glimpse of Mount Vesuvius. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Naples and a photo stop overlooking the city and the Gulf of Naples
Naples is famous for its pizza - What better way to lunch than by enjoying a traditional Neapolitan pizza
Guided tour of Pompeii - Spend the afternoon exploring the archaeological remains of the city frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, before heading back to Rome
One of the most attractive aspects of travelling to Italy is that its antique past remains clear for all to see. And for any history buff that wants to explore Italy’s must-visit Greco-Roman sites, the ancient city of Pompeii is bound to be at the top of the list. Join us on our Pompeii Tour from Rome as we step into the past and visit the renowned archaeological site that attracts millions of visitors every year.
Escaping the bustling streets of Rome, our journey begins by cruising down the famous Autostrada del Sole, or Highway of the Sun. As we make our way south, there are scores of stunning countryside vistas to soak up before you get your first glimpse of Mount Vesuvius, the Gulf of Naples, and Castelli Romani – a series of 13 historical towns recognised for their lush hillsides and celebrated wineries.
Upon entering the outskirts of Naples, there are panoramic views aplenty from the comfort of the coach. Here, we’ll make a pit stop at an impressive vantage point so that you can snap a photo of the unparalleled bay views and the looming Mount Vesuvius beyond.
Naples is considered the birthplace of pizza so this tour would be amiss if we didn’t stop for lunch at a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria. Once everyone is satisfied, we’ll drive the final section of the road to Pompeii. You’ll be welcomed to the historic city by your expert local guide, plus you’ll get to skip the lengthy queues so that you can spend more time exploring.
Pompeii was buried by volcanic ash for 1700 years following Mount Vesuvius’s massive eruption in 79 AD, but the ruins are a remarkably preserved portal into the past. Here, your guide will explain all the grizzly details about Pompeii’s final days, while you make your way around the surviving landmarks, villas and the unnerving plaster casts that still entomb the city’s residents.
Having finished exploring Pompeii’s rich ancient history, it’s time to head back to modern civilisation. Dotted along the road back to Rome, you’ll pass by quaint townships and a plethora of attractions from bygone eras. Arriving back in Rome with plenty of time left to enjoy the evening, after your extensive day spent touring antiquity, your contemporary creature comforts might seem just a little bit nicer than before.
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