Pompeii Archaeological Area

Pompeii represents a unique heritage of architecture, sculpture, paintings, and mosaics - don't miss it!

Overview

Pompeii is the only archaeological site in the world able to show the appearance o fan entire ancient Roman city. Rich of traffic and pulsating with life, the city was crystallized by the famous eruption of AD 79, during which a rain of ash and lapillus enveloping everything: houses, people, roads, public buildings and objects of everyday life. Everything was as “locked” in a terrible instant. With an extent of about 66 hectares of which 50 dug in the ground (suburban areas included), Pompeii represent a unique heritage of architectures, sculptures paintings and mosaics. The ash that buried the city after Vesuvio's eruption in 79 a.C. allowed an exceptional preservation of the Roman city in its magnificent wholeness.

Scavi di Pompei
Via Villa dei Misteri 1, 80045, Pompei (Naples)

OPENING HOURS:

  • November to March: 8:30am to 5pm (last entrance at 3.30pm)
  • April to October: 8:30am to 7:30pm (last entrance at 6 pm)

INFORMATION about access for visitors with limited mobility and disabilities:

  • People with motor difficulties and heart diseases should be especially careful.
  • People with motor difficulties are advised to enter from Piazza Anfiteatro and to limit the visit to the surroundings of the Amphitheatre.

Reservations must be made with a minimum of 1-day notice.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations and changes without penalty if communicated within 24 hours from the original booking
  • For cancellations or changes up to 3 days before the date of the visit, the cost of the service is due as penalty
  • For cancellation or changes from 3 days before the date of the visit, no refund of the ticket, service, or ancillary services such as guides or earphones will be granted.
  • Any change is subject to confirmation according to availability.

IMPORTANT – Code of Conduct

  • Take extra care while moving, do not stop on the eyelashes or climb on the walls of the excavation
  • Observe the limitations of entry and access
  • Be respectful. Refrain from shouting, writing on the walls and dispersing waste rather than place them in the appropriate containers
  • Photos, films and TV films are authorized for private use only. Please contact the Office of the Superintendent for shooting with tripod, using flash and artificial light, as well as for commercial or different uses.
  • Please leave bags, backpacks, umbrellas and other bulky items in the wardrobe
  • Do not smoke
  • Pets are not allowed

We point out the possible presence of stray dogs, which have passed the perimeter defenses of the excavations. We recommend to stay away and pay attention.

We recommend the use of shoes with low heels.

There is an equipped area for picnics near Porta Nola.

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PLEASE NOTE: Immediately after submitting an order, you will receive an email with your order summary plus a second email confirming your successful payment. A confirmation email with links to the vouchers will be sent one business day after you place your order (Monday afternoon for orders submitted on Friday and during the weekend). Please make sure that your anti-spam filter does not block automatic emails from [email protected]

How to get there:

By train

  • Trenitalia Naples – Salerno (Stop Pompei): Entrance Piazza Anfiteatro
  • Circumvesuviana from Naples and from Sorrento (Stop Pompei Scavi Villa dei Misteri): Entrance Porta Marina and Piazza Esedra
  • Circumvesuviana Naples - Poggiomarino (stop Pompei Santuario): Entrance Piazza Anfiteatro

 

By bus

  • SITA from Napoli and Salerno AUTOBUS
  • Line CSTP n. 4 from Salerno
  • Line CSTP n. 50 express coach from Salerno (by motorway)

By car

Motorway A3 Naples - Salerno (exit Pompei ovest). Free parking near the Anfiteatro entrance

 

Before You Book

PLEASE NOTE: Immediately after submitting an order, you will receive two emails. The first email contains your order summary (this one you receive immediately after placing your order), the second email confirms your successful payment (one business day after placing the order). In order to receive these two emails, please make sure that you enter your email address correctly and check that antispam or antivirus filters do not block emails from our [email protected] address. Users of AOL, Comcast and Sbcglobal.net need to pay special attention to this, please. Vouchers will also be available, one business day after the request, at your dashboard.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The closest available time, which can be anytime during opening hours on the selected date, will be automatically confirmed if your preferred time is no longer available.

Restrictions and rules of conduct

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 Pets are not allowed

Overview

Discover Pompeii, the ancient Roman city that was crystallized by the eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 AD. In the course of just a few hours, a rain of ash and fragments of lava (lapillus) buried the rich city pulsating with life 25m/82' deep – houses, people, roads, public buildings, and objects of everyday life were encased, locked forever in a terrible instant. With an extent of about 66 hectares/163 acres, Pompeii represents a unique heritage of architecture, sculpture, paintings, and mosaics. The ash that buried the city after the eruption allowed for exceptional preservation, giving visitors today the unique opportunity to experience the Roman city in its magnificent wholeness.

Pompeii Archaeological Area

 

Discover Pompeii, the ancient Roman city that was frozen in time by the eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 AD. In the course of just a few hours, a rain of ash and fragments of lava (lapillus) buried the rich city pulsating with life 25m/82' deep – houses, people, roads, public buildings, and objects of everyday life were encased, locked forever in a terrible instant. With an area of about 66 hectares/163 acres, Pompeii represents a unique heritage of architecture, sculpture, paintings, and mosaics. The ash that buried the city after the eruption allowed for exceptional preservation, giving visitors today the unique opportunity to experience the Roman city in its magnificent wholeness.

 

You could easily spend several days visiting the spectacular archaeological site of Pompeii, from “everyday life in a Roman city,” to “architecture,” “painting,” or “the urban structure.” The nature trails along the outer walls offer a fascinating picture of the ancient city outside the city walls. Join us for the route recommended by the Superintendent for a one-day visit. Discover the most representative buildings and the daily life in a Roman city. You will find this itinerary along with two other suggestions (two hours or a half day in the site) on the free map distributed at the info point inside the archaeological area.

Sites and itineraries:

From Porta Marina
  • Porta Marina and walls
  • Temple of Apollo
  • Basilica
  • Public Administration Buildings
  • Building of Eumachia
  • Temple of Vespasian
  • Public Sanctuary of the Lares (guardian deities)
  • Temple of Jupiter
  • Macellum (indoor fruit and vegetable market)
  • Forum Baths
  • Temple of Fortuna Augusta
  • House of the Faun
  • House of Ancient Hunt
  • Bakery
  • Lupanare (brothel with erotic frescoes)
  • Stabian Baths
  • Great Theater
  • Small Theater (Odeion)
  • Temple of Isis
  • House of the Ceii
  • Fullonica Stephanus (cloth-launderer)
  • House of Achilles Lararium (house altar)
  • House of the Small Fountain
  • House of the Dioscuri
  • House of Meleager
  • House of Sallust
  • Herculaneum Gate and walls
  • Herculaneum Gate necropolis
  • Villa of the Mysteries

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)
  • House of Achilles Lararium
  • Home and Thermopolium of Vetutius Placidus
  • House of Octavius Quartio
  • House of Venus in the shell
  • Amphitheater
  • Great gymnasium

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
  • Stabian Baths
  • Public Administration Buildings
  • Building of Eumachia
  • Temple of Vespasian
  • Shrine of the Lares Public
  • Macellum (indoor fruit and vegetable market)
  • Temple of Jupiter
  • Forum Baths
  • Temple of Fortuna Augusta
  • House of the Dioscuri
  • House of Meleager
  • House of the Faun
  • House of Ancient Hunt
  • Bakery
  • Lupanare (brothel with erotic frescoes)
  • House of the Ceii
  • House of the Ship Europa

Cancellation Policy

Once a confirmation code has been assigned to the reservation we can refund the cost of unused tickets minus a service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee) up to 1 business day before the visit. No refund is possible for a cancellation less than 24 hours before the visit, and for no-shows.

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