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Skip-the-line Small-Group Pompeii Tour with a Local Archaeology Expert Guide

Badge of ExcellencePompei, Italy

From $62.42

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the fascinating ancient city of Pompeii with an expert guide on this guided tour. Walk through the cobblestone streets to see the ruins of the forum, bathhouse, individual homes, and even a brothel. Gain fascinating insight into the tragedy of the city from the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius from your knowledgable guide.
  • Walking tour of Pompeii excavations
  • Explore the ruins of the ancient Roman city with an expert guide
  • Learn about the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that buried Pompeii and the surrounding area
  • Visit the main attractions of the city, including the forum, theater, and brothel

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Admission tickets
  • Gratuities
  • Food
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Hotel Vittoria
    Piazza Esedra, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy

    The guide will wait for you at the entrance of the Coffee shop Vittoria, close to Porta Marina Inferiore entrance. Be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the starting time, in case of any delay the guide WILL NOT wait since it is a group tour and the entrance tickets are booked for that time.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Make your way to the Pompeii excavation on your own (it's an easy trip from Naples or Sorrento on the Circumvesuviana train to the Pompei Scavi station). Meet your guide not far from the entrance to the Pompeii archaeological site. From there, follow your guide into the ancient city and travel back in time.

Learn about the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 that buried Pompeii and preserved it. Walk on ancient Roman cobblestones, looking out for the ruts left by wagon wheels.

Visit the theater, where once there were lively performances of tragedy and comedy. See Pompeii's thermal bathhouse, where residents would go regularly to bathe, exercise, and gossip. Peek into the remains of local businesses, such as restaurants, bars, and shops selling food and clothing.

Walk through the forum, the heart of any ancient Roman city, to see the ruins of both temples and civic buildings. This is where priests and politicians spent their time, and where government and religion came together. Look at the barracks where Roman gladiators once trained and lived. Don't miss the rebuilt brothel, one of Pompeii's most popular attractions.

Pack a hat for summer sun, and wear comfortable shoes. You actually walk on lava rock.

Pompeii Archaeological Park

You will visit the highlight of the Ancient city of Pompeii, from the small theatres to the incredible baths; from the Gymnasium to the House of Menander, the Lupanare and many more! A trip into the ancient Roman habits and way of living!

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable shoes, because you will be walking on the original ancient streets
  • At the time of reservation please specify your mobile number inclusive of the country code in case of any emergency
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • If you are late or miss the tour there wil be no refunds
  • Please note that the 5 pm tour last 2 hours.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is not a ticket to the ruins, this is a guided tour confirmation, you can use it only with the guide
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-the-line Small-Group Pompeii Tour with a Local Archaeology Expert Guide?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Skip-the-line Small-Group Pompeii Tour with a Local Archaeology Expert Guide?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip-the-line Small-Group Pompeii Tour with a Local Archaeology Expert Guide?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Traveler Tips

It was worth the extra money to have a small group tour as the bigger groups seemed quite rushed and less personal.
Definitely do this tour over the headset tour - it's worth your time and money!
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Our guide was so...
Eric_S, Nov 2022
Our guide was so knowledgeable and funny at times. He was great with the younger children and adults. What a great experience.
Pompeii in the Rain! Highly recommend
Ryan_S, Nov 2022
Our host really brought Pompeii to life. We were lucky enough to go when it was raining, so we saw how ingenious the Romans were with water management. Our host was funny and had a deep knowledge of Pompeii. It was so much more incredible that I imagined. Highly recommend visiting Pompeii if you are in the south of Italy.
Great tour to learn a lot
Brittany_Z, Nov 2022
Italo was an excellent guide! Very fun and focused on the science behind what has been discovered In Pompeii. Very accurate and interesting
Engaging Tour with an Archaeologist
Caitlin_D, Nov 2022
We had a great tour with Lelo. The group size was small enough to easily move around and allow everyone to ask questions. Lelo was entertaining and informative, and made the tour engaging and interactive. There is so much to see in Pompei, so it was very helpful to have a guide show us some highlights and give us the historical context of what we were looking at since we only had a couple hours to spend in Pompei. For things we didn’t see during the tour, Lelo told us what they were and where to find them. Having an archaeologist as our guide was also a great asset! We would recommend this tour.
Awesome tour
Thomas_A, Oct 2022
We had a wonderful tour with our guide Giulia. She was extremely Knowles able, easily able to answer all our questions. A very great experience
Great experience
Barton_K, Oct 2022
The tour was great! Best tour guide I have ever had on any tour anywhere. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. Highly recommend.
Very enjoyable
Krystle_M, Oct 2022
Our guide was very engaging and made sure to involve everyone. Pompei is a very large place and having someone navigate us around and take us to the most important places was very beneficial. Along with explaining special facts you wouldn’t know by simply walking around.
We had a very experienced...
Terry_M, Oct 2022
We had a very experienced and knowledgeable guide. She showed us incredible items in the city, and explained and answered in great detail.
Fantastic day in Pompeii
Randy_M, Oct 2022
This was our third trip to Pompeii and the first time we really were able to fully understand the history and what life was like prior to this catastrophe. Fabrezio, our guide was outstanding. His knowledge and passion as he presented the rich culture of Pompeii in vivid detail made this tour a must.
Knowledgeable and humorous tour guide
Jennifer_H, Oct 2022
Fabrizio was both entertaining and knowledgeable. He was easy to find (had a sign with the names of the group members that was easy to read). Left on time. Knew how to work the area and avoid overly crowded areas. One member of our group had commented that he learned more from 2 hours with Fabrizio than he did with a 6 hour audio tour a few years ago. Highly recommended!
Great experience made by great tour guide!
Jaclyn_T, Oct 2022
Lelo was the best tour guide! Super knowledgeable, very engaging - he really made this an excellent experience for my husband and I. Would definitely recommend this small tour - much better than one of the larger tours we passed. So much more personal. Thanks Lelo!
The most amazing tour of Pompeii
Cassie_R, Oct 2022
We had the most amazing tour of Pompeii and the best tour guide ever!!!! Lello is an archeologist and an expert on the history of Italy and Pompeii! This was my first time in Pompeii and I learned so much from this tour! I highly recommend Lello!
Wonderful experience
Scott_B, Oct 2022
Our tour was lead by a guide who clearly knew and loved the history of Pompeii. His knowledge made our experience.
Very good experience.
John_M, Oct 2022
Very good. Giovanna was a very good guide. Our guide was knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed the entire experience of Pompeii.
Tour with Roberta
Tracey_W, Oct 2022
Listening to Roberta bringing the everyday lives of the residents of Pompei to life and being able to walk the same streets as they’d once walked.
Love it
Danuza_B, Oct 2022
Our guide was amazing! Very knowledgeable and easy going. Thank you for such a great experience. Pompei was a very nice surprise !
Best tour in Pompeii
Charlie_A, Oct 2022
The tour was fantastic. Francesca the tour guide was amazing and really made the history of the place come alive. In the two and a half hour trip we got a great insight into what happened at Pompeii.
Must do!
Chelsea_T, Sep 2022
Our tour was with Lelo, he was so informative and made our tour an extra special experience! I highly recommend this tour!
Best Tour Guide in Pompeii
John_b, Sep 2022
Out tour guide was both knowledgeable and personable. You don't find that combination every day. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would recommend it to anyone looking to learn about Pompeii while enjoying a pleasant tour.
Fantastic tour guide and tour of Pompeii
Janeth_W, Sep 2022
Clelia was an excellent guide! She was friendly and SO very knowledgeable! We enjoyed every minute of our tour. There just two of us (my younger sister and I) and we learned so much from Clelia. I highly recommend taking a very small group tour because we were able to see and learn so much with only the two of us.