Pompeii: Remnants of a Distant Past
- Pompeii: The world's most famous excavation site reveals a pristinely preserved ancient Roman city with temples, villas, baths, mosaics, and frescoes.
- Mount Vesuvius: The fuming giant that destroyed an entire city looms in the distance as the one of the world's most dangerous volcanoes.
- Cameo factory: Browse the shop and explore the factory where semi-precious stones are carved with silhouettes of ancient Romans.
About This Naples Tour
Few places on earth have sparked the same curiosity as the lost city of Pompeii, and today you're going straight to the source. Hidden for centuries under volcanic ash, immaculately preserved in time, the excavated city at Pompeii offers a snapshot of Roman life in the 1st century, conserved as it was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
In one of history's great ironies, the eruption occurred just one day after Vulcanalia, the festival of the Roman god of fire and volcanoes, in 79 AD. Pompeii's fate was sealed when three surges of Vesuvius's hot gases and ashes descended rapidly on the city, instantly killing anyone in its path and blanketing the city in layers of ash.
Pompeii wouldn't be found for 15 centuries, its ruins buried under Vesuvius's wrath. But its excavation in 1748 proved to be one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever: Pompeii was entirely intact: with bodies, buildings, and ancient artifacts shielded from air and moisture by the hardened ash.
Over 1,150 bodies, frozen in their final postures before death, have been found and cast in plaster at Pompeii. You'll see these haunting figures, along with pristinely preserved artifacts and inscriptions that provide extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of the ""lost city"" during the Roman era.
Pompeii was first rediscovered in 1599, when architect Domenico Fontana unearthed frescoes and pottery at the site. He deemed the sexual content depicted on these works so obscene that he covered them with dirt and pretended he never found them. They were eventually found and brought to a museum, but never displayed until recently.
Arriving by cruise ship? Please meet outside “Molo Beverello” hydrofoil station. Staying in a hotel? Meet your bus outside your hotel. Name your cruise ship or hotel at check out. A central meeting location may be given.
This is not a private tour. A main meeting point may be requested if your hotel is not one of the listed pick-up locations.
For security reasons, large bags, backpacks and trolleys are not permitted inside Pompeii excavations. These large items can be left in the vehicle. Lockers are not available.
Entrance fees to Pompeii are not included but can be purchased directly on the day. A main meeting location may be given if your hotel is not listed as a pick-up venue.
Expect an extensive amount of walking. If you have limited mobility, this tour will be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Scenic, Shopping
Vehicle will vary based upon number of travelers.
English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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