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Do not miss the opportunity to visit the archaeological site of Pompeii.
Together with an expert guide who is passionate about history and archeology, you can enjoy a 2-hour walk in the ruins and relive the lifestyle of the prosperous Romans.
Meet your guide in Sorrento and reach Pompeii by train avoiding the stressful traffic of the highway.
Thanks to the priority entrance you will avoid long waits at the ticket office
Pompeii was buried in the volcanic ashes of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 and rediscovered much later when excavations began in the eighteenth century.
All the infrastructures, the frescoes and the artifacts are well preserved, and still today you can admire the thermal baths, the streets, the bakeries and the forum, an integral part of daily life.
Return to Sorrento by train in the early afternoon.
• Departure from Sorrento, Piazza Torquato Tasso nr. 16, towards Pompeii.
• Pompeii is a city in southern Campania, dominated by the active volcano of Vesuvius. It is known for its archaeological remains; the city was in fact buried following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
• The Basilica, with its extension of 1,500 square meters, was the most sumptuous building in the Forum; here business was done and justice was administered.
• The Civil Forum was the heart of daily life and the focal point for all the activities of the city: administration and justice, management of commercial activities such as the market, as well as a place of worship for citizens.
• The Temple of Jupiter dominates the north side of the Forum, with Vesuvius rising scenically behind it. When the city was founded (80 BC), the temple underwent a radical restoration and became a real Capitolium with the three cult statues of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, which resembled those of the Roman Capitoline triad.
• They were placed on a high base so that they were visible to all passers-by in the Forum.
• The Macellum consists of a four-sided tufaceous portico with a cult altar in an elevated position on the eastern side of the city with respect to the entrance. On the niches of the side wall there are copies of two marble statues, one female and one male army, together with the fragment of a larger statue, probably belonging to an emperor, Titus or Vespasian. This indicates how this area was intended for the cult of the emperor. To its left is a meeting room and to the right a large room with a masonry counter perhaps intended for the sale of fish.
• The via dell'Abbondanza was the main road (decumanus maximus) of ancient Pompeii; it crossed the city in an east / west direction from the Forum to Porta Sarno.
• In ancient times the street was crowded and noisy with many shops, workshops ("officinae"), cafes, snack bars and restaurants.
• The Forum Baths are located behind the Temple of Jupiter and date back to the years immediately following the foundation of the veteran colony by General Silla (80 BC). The women's and men's quarters had separate entrances. The men's section has an apodyterium (changing room), also used as a tepidarium (for medium temperature baths), frigidarium (for cold baths) and calidarium (for hot baths). Like many buildings in Pompeii, the baths were badly damaged during the earthquake of 62 AD.
• The Lupanare di Pompei was the most famous brothel in the Roman city. It is of particular interest for the erotic frescoes on its walls; "Lupanar" is in fact the Latin word that means "brothel". Today it is also known as Grande Lupanare. The prostitutes in the brothel were mostly Greek and Oriental slaves who were paid two to eight donkeys.
• The Casa del Menandro is an excellent example of a Roman villa owned by a high-ranking family. It is richly decorated with wonderful frescoes representing scenes from the Trojan War; here many objects in silver and pottery were found now preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Naples. The house owes its name to an image of Menander, an Athenian poet, placed in the portico. The house belonged to Quinto Poppeo Sabino of the Poppei family, relatives of the empress Poppea Sabina, Nero's second wife.
• The Great Theater of Pompeii was built by the Romans on the slope of a hill; they used the natural depression of the mountain to create a majestic auditorium divided into 5 sectors. On stage tragedies of the Greco-Roman tradition were represented.
• This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
• You have to confirm departure time with local service provider before the travel date.