Meet your guide in front of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri church
Aboard the comfortable transportation and enjoy the journey.
Take a panoramic tour of Naples with fantastic views of Vomero Hill.
Use your skip the line ticket to explore the ruins of Pompeii
After you have explored at your own pace we make our way back to Rome.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as you travel from Rome to the incredible ruins of Pompeii. On the way, your bus will take a panoramic tour of the city of Naples, travelling through its streets and allowing you to take a whistle-stop tour of its sights.
After leaving Rome at 7:30 am your comfortable tour bus will travel south through Italy to Naples. As your coach climbs up Vomero Hill, you’ll enjoy incredible views extending over the city of Naples and out to sea. Take fantastic pictures from this viewpoint and look toward the active volcano that destroyed Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius.
Descending towards the port of Mergellina, you will leave the city of Naples and travel south to the main stop on your tour, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD was one of the most devastating events ever to take place in Italy, but it was also one of the most miraculous. The chemicals found in the ash and volcanic debris preserved the city, offering archaeologists a window to the past, the likes of which they had never seen before.
Pompeii is a city frozen in time, with much for you to discover. Did you know that the eruption wasn’t the first big disaster to hit the city? A mere 17 years before, a huge earthquake rocked the city. Amazingly, this was a blessing in disguise for many of Pompeii’s residents who settled in nearby towns, meaning that they were no longer in peril during the eruption.
One of the most haunting sights among the ruins are the casts of the many victims of the eruption. Volcanic debris encased those that died, so when their bodies decayed, they left a print of themselves inside it. Many casts have been made from these imprints and they provide insight into what each inhabitant was doing in the last moments of their lives.
As you stroll through the ancient Roman city, you get a sense of what the lives of the inhabitants would have been like. Temples, shops, cafes, and bathhouses were common in Pompeii and you can still wander in and out of them during your visit. One of the most impressive discoveries in Pompeii was the city’s amphitheatre, so big that it could have accommodated 20,000 people effortlessly.
Art also survived the volcanic blast, with sculptures, bowls, jewellery, graffiti, and frescoes discovered throughout the remains. The frescoes are one of the most popular sights in the city, with their impressively preserved images of myths, religion, and erotica still sporting brilliant colours.
After you’ve explored the many streets and buildings of the city and delved into its fascinating and tragic past, you will return to your tour leader in the afternoon to head back to Rome.