Pompeii Archaeological Area Entrance Ticket

Pompeii, Italy
  • 2 to 3 hours (approx.)


Visit UNESCO-listed Pompeii and explore it independently with this entrance ticket to the archaeological park. Choose from multiple admission times and make your own way to the gate. Then, head inside and discover the ruins, all buried by the ash of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD, as you wish. See shops, houses, and monuments; view must-sees like the Forum and brothel; and absorb the atmosphere of this once-flourishing city, seemingly suspended in time.
  • Entrance ticket to Pompeii archaeological site
  • Explore the ruins of Roman Pompeii as you wish
  • View houses, streets, and buildings buried by ash from Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD
  • See highlights such as the Theatre, Forum, and fresco-coated brothel
  • Site route map available inside entrance
  • Multiple entrance times throughout the day

What's Included

  • Guaranteed to skip long lines
  • Guided tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions

What To Expect

Book your preferred entrance time to Pompeii and on the day, make your own way to the archaeological site.

Show your pre-booked ticket to bypass the ticket lines and head inside to explore independently. If you wish, collect a complimentary map inside the gate for recommended routes around the ruins.

Covering about 66 hectares (163 acres), the UNESCO-listed site is filled with the ruins of the Roman city of Pompeii, all frozen in time by the ash that showered down on the streets during the 79 AD eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. In just a few hours, Pompeii’s streets and houses, and many of its people, were completely buried, only to be rediscovered centuries later, in 1748.

Wander the stone-paved streets at your own pace and see the different sites as you wish. View the casts of the victims’ bodies, delve into grand houses and colonnaded gardens, and visit the shells of long-ago shops, temples and other buildings.

Be sure, too, to see highlights like the Forum, Theatre, and Lupanare, the 2-story house that was Pompeii’s brothel, where the walls are still adorned with erotic frescoes.

After exploring the ruins, your experience finishes when you exit the park.

Pompeii Archaeological Park

Witness the most representative buildings of this ancient site and discover the daily life of citizens within this Roman city. From Porta Marina • Porta Marina and walls • Temple of Apollo • Basilica • Public Administration Buildings • Building of Eumachia From Piazza Esedra • Forum Baths • Temple of Fortuna Augusta • House of Pansa • House of the Tragic Poet • Thermopolium (a place for buying hot food) • House of the Faun • House of Cecilio Giocondo • House of Citharist • Fullonica Stephanus (cloth-launderer) From Piazza Anfiteatro • Necropolis of Porta Nocera • Porta Nocera and walls • Garden of the Fugitives • House of the Garden of Hercules • House of Octavius Quartio • House of Venus in the shell • Amphitheater • Fullonica Stephanus (cloth-launderer) • Small Theater (Odeion) • Great Theater • Temple of Isis • Triangular Forum • Doric Temple

Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • People with limited mobility are advised to enter from Piazza Anfiteatro and to limit their visit to the surroundings of the Amphitheater.
  • The archaeological area of Pompeii is a fragile and precious site. Please respect these few rules, and help preserve one of the great treasures of mankind, as well as your own health and safety!
  • Please walk with care, do not stop on the edges of the excavations, nor climb on the walls
  • Respect the limitations of entry and access
  • Be respectful. Refrain from shouting, writing on the walls, and dispersing waste. Please place your waste in the appropriate containers.
  • Photography and filming are authorized for private use only. Please contact the Office of the Superintendent for shooting with a tripod, using flash and artificial light, as well as for commercial or other uses.
  • Please leave bags, backpacks, umbrellas, and other bulky items at the wardrobe
  • Do not smoke
  • There is a possible presence of stray dogs, which have passed the perimeter defenses of the excavations. We recommend to stay away from any and be careful.
  • Use of shoes with flat soles is recommended
  • There is a picnic area near Porta Nola.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      The driving directions are next to...
      Mark L, Apr 2018
      The driving directions are next to impossible to follow, as was the signage the ruins. We followed Parking signs that got us to an area about 20 minutes away. We went to the first entrance we found and the admission kiosk did not recognize the voucher and sent us to what apparently is the main entrance. Then the signage for advanced admission was not prevalent. When we finally got in and found the information office they said we had to go somewhere else to get the tour. We we through part of the ruins by ourselves and read the the Guide for information.
      Didn't really get the point in...
      Debbie W, Mar 2018
      Didn't really get the point in joining a queue to get the entrance ticket, but being low season it was a small queue. What I would highlight is this place is HUGE so do allocate a full day. We allocated half a day and missed so much.
      We used the entrance ticket and the...
      Noelle C, Dec 2017
      We used the entrance ticket and the Rick Steves app and map to get around. Pompei is a huge place so the app was good to show us the highlights and then we wandered more. We spent almost 5 hours at the ruins.
      You must book a guide but it is cheaper...
      Steve H, Oct 2017
      You must book a guide but it is cheaper on site then through Viator
      Pompeii was great but the ticket...
      Matthew_M, Sep 2017
      Pompeii was great but the ticket said we would have skip the line access, but we still had to line up to exchange our tickets at the ticket booth before we could go in. The process of exchanging the tickets took longer than if we'd just bought them at the gate like everyone else was doing.
      Too much to see in one session......it...
      Alan P, Aug 2017
      Too much to see in one session......it is the heat!! wONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.
      En attente de remboursement prévu par le contrat, ce que nous avons apprécié
      nicole_l, Dec 2021
      J’attends des nouvelles de ma demande de remboursement, comme prévu par le contrat, ayant dû annuler mon voyage à Naples. J attends pour le remboursement pour donner la note définitive.