Inhabited for centuries and then buried in an instant, the preserved Roman city of Pompeii offers an unparalleled view into daily life in ancient Rome. During this three-hour Pompeii tour with a local archaeologist we will dive deeply into the site and learn about Roman politics and society in one of the most exciting archaeological sites in the world. This private tour includes transport from Naples by private car.
What sets this—and all—Context tours apart is the caliber and expertise of our guide, who will be a trained archaeologist or classical historian with deep experience of the site and a dynamic narrative ability. With this expert by our side we'll begin with a historical overview starting with the successive habitation on this site of the Oscans, then Samnites, and finally the Romans, until the fateful day in 79 A.D. when the nearby volcano, Vesuvius, exploded, burying the city instantaneously in deep, suffocating ash.
Over the next three hours we'll explore the site, walking down ancient Roman roads, dipping our heads into private homes, shops, public baths, and amphitheaters. As we move along our guide will talk about the daily life of Romans and how society was structured. We'll learn about the role of women, the education of children, and the institution of slavery, using the amazingly well preserved city as our textbook.
Ancient Roman Home Life
We will pay special attention to the construction and decoration of private homes, most notably the magnificent frescoes of the Villa of the Mysteries. We will also have time to reflect and be emotionally moved in front of the remains of the desperate inhabitants attempting an escape from impending doom.
How It Works
The private car service will either pick you up at the Naples train station (if you are coming from Rome) 30 minutes before the beginning of the tour, at your accommodation in Naples 30 minutes before the beginning of the tour, or at your accommodation on the Amalfi Coast 1 hour before the beginning of the tour, depending where you are staying.
The ride out to Pompeii will take approximately 30 minutes (1 hour from the Amalfi Coast). You will meet your guide directly in Pompeii at the start time of the tour. Note, we also offer a Pompeii Full Day Excursion (from Naples)
and a full-day Pompeii Full Day Excursion (from Rome)
, both of which include the Naples Archaeological Museum. (N.B.—We also offer a Full Day Tour of Pompeii for Kids
that includes games and fun activities.)
At the end of our time together the whole group will walk away with a much richer understanding of everyday life in the Roman Empire, as well as the history of the city of Pompeii and its untimely fate. Together we will peel back layer after layer of the past and peer into those last moments before this once prosperous town was lost to antiquity.
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What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.
What is a small group tour?
Our small group tours cover many of the same itineraries as our private tours, but they place you with other travelers in groups of 6 or less. They operate on a pre-scheduled calendar, and are designed to provide an opportunity to engage with and learn from other travelers. Most of our small group tours require at least three (3) participants to run, although there is some variation from walk to walk. However, there is some variation from walk to walk. As you sign up for a tentative walk we display the minimum number required in order to confirm.
If I am coming from Rome and I need train tickets, how should I proceed? If you're coming from Rome, your train tickets to and from Naples are not included in the price of this tour. You can email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask us to add them to your booking or you can purchase tickets via an independent vendor. You should book the following train tickets: if your tour starts at 9:30 am: 7:35 am from Roma Termini (arrives at Napoli Centrale at 8:45 am) and 2:10 pm from Napoli Centrale (arrives at Roma Termini at 3:20 pm) / if your tour starts at 3:00 pm: 1:05 pm from Roma Termini (arrives at Napoli Centrale at 2:15 pm) and 7:30 pm from Napoli Centrale (arrives at Roma Termini at 8:40 pm).
I am staying in the Amalfi Coast (Vietri sul Mare, Ravello, Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento), is the car service to Pompeii included in the price of the walk? We can have the car pick you up one hour prior to the start time of the tour at your accommodation without any additional fee. You will meet your guide at the archaeological site of Pompeii.