Pompeii Day Trips and Tours from Rome
Pompeii is a vast archaeological site in southern Italy's Campania region, near the coast of the Bay of Naples. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried under meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The preserved site features excavated ruins of streets and houses that visitors can freely explore. Pompeii's history draws many tourists each year and it is a popular place to visit while in the vicinity of Rome, and there are some great tour options available to help you get the most out of your visit to this historic and intriguing site.
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Your day trip starts as you board your coach or minibus in central Rome for the 3.5-hour drive to Pompeii, one of the world's most fascinating archaeological sites-a city frozen in a time capsule. An onboard host is available to answer any questions during the journey, and you can look through provided books and brochures to learn about Pompeii, which was destroyed by heavy volcanic ash in 79 AD when Mt Vesuvius erupted, killing the residents of the city. When you arrive, you are free to explore own your own until it's time to return to Rome. Stroll down the ancient lanes, imagining what life was like here 2,000 years ago. Pass the limestone columns still standing along Via degli Augustali, and check out artifacts and ruins from the forum, thermal baths, temple, theater and homes. All walking paths are marked with frescoes that depict scenes from daily life in Pompeii, which give context to what you're seeing and help you find your way around. Head back to your tour vehicle in the mid-afternoon for the drive back to Rome, where your day trip ends.
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Join this amazing journey through space and time, entering Pompeii: a unique document of Greco-Roman life. Begin your journey down the Highway of the Sun, passing through the famous Roman countryside, Castelli Romani. Enjoy incredible views of the Mediterranean, Mount Vesuvius, and countless historic sites. You will also enjoy a short sight of the city, the seashore and the gulf of Naples. After stopping for a traditional Italian lunch, make your way to the UNESCO Archaeological Site of Pompeii with Skip the Line Tickets. Spend the afternoon exploring this once thriving city that was frozen in time by layers of volcanic ash. Pompeii remained buried under a layer of pumice stones and ash 19 to 23 feet deep. The city's sudden burial served to protect it for the next 17 centuries from vandalism, looting and the destructive effects of climate and heavy weather. After your tour of Pompeii, resume your trip through the Roman countryside, enjoying the scenery as you leisurely make your way back to Rome. Return in time to enjoy the rest of the night in Rome at your leisure.
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Begin your Rome to Naples day trip with a pickup from your hotel. Or, simply meet your guide near Rome Termini station. Once aboard your coach, relax on the journey south to the Campania region and look out for sights such as the Abbey of Montecassino. The Benedictine monastery is a dramatic sight, perched on top of a hill in the rocky Castelli Romani area. After three hours on the road, arrive in the Campania capital of Naples, and see its sights from the comfort of your coach. Take in views of the coast as you pass along the road from Mergellina Port to the fishing district of Santa Lucia. Then, stretch your legs with a photo stop by the medieval seaside fort of Castel dell'Ovo. Work your way into Naples' historic center for a look at Piazza del Plebiscito and its fine collection of monuments. Hear snippets of history about Naples Royal Palace, the three Bourbon palaces and the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola. Other Naples attractions seen include Castel Nuovo, Galleria Umberto I and Teatro di San Carlo. Leave the city by coach and travel further south toward Mt Vesuvius. Pass towns such as Ercolano, which is home to the ancient site of Herculaneum, as well as Torre del Greco and Torre Annunziata. Stop in Pompeii for lunch at a local restaurant, and then visit Pompeii's UNESCO-listed ruins on a 2-hour tour. Hear how the city lay buried under a sea of volcanic ash from Mt Vesuvius as you admire the excavations of monuments such as the 5,000-seater Teatro Grande. Finally, return to your coach and relax on your journey back to Rome. Your tour finishes with a drop-off in Rome.
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