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Tickets for Pompeii: Skip The Line

Explore one of the world’s best preserved archaeological sites

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Overview
Opening hours
Today:  09:00 - 19:30
Tomorrow:  09:00 - 19:30
Thursday:  09:00 - 19:30
Friday:  09:00 - 19:30
Saturday:  08:30 - 19:30
Sunday:  08:30 - 19:30
Monday:  09:00 - 19:30
Best time to visit
Early in the morning
Highlights
  • Explore one of the world’s most important and best-preserved archaeological sites. It’s over 50 hectares in size and contains a remarkable volume of objects, art and buildings from two millennia ago
  • Enjoy the great outdoors and find yourself looking at the most famous volcano of all. Mount Vesuvius dominates the surrounding skyline!
  • Indulge your sense of curiosity about the world and realize how much we have in common with people who lived almost 2000 years before us. You’ll see everyday objects that make the villagers seem real and relatable
Description

The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 C.E. was a paradoxical thing. It was truly cataclysmic – it wiped out the entire populations of nearby towns – but it also yielded to history one of the most extensive and intact ruins of an ancient city. That settlement was Pompeii. This is one of Italy’s most visited sites and you can Skip The Line with this ticket.

The force of the eruption was many thousands of times greater than an atomic bomb. Unsurprisingly, the entire population was wiped out but the ash combined with the lack of moisture to preserve much of Pompeii. And what you witness today is an extraordinary insight into the life of a city during Roman times.

The details of everyday life abound. On the floor of one of the houses (Sirico’s) you can read a famous inscription, Salve lucru (“Welcome, profit”) and it indicates a trading company owned by Sirico himself. You can inspect wine jars labeled Vesuvinum – a play on both Vesuvius and the Latin for wine, vinum. This is quite possibly the world’s first-known marketing pun!

There are over 50 hectares to be explored. That’s a lot of space and makes for a full day. You can walk around the Forum with Vesuvius itself in the background or you can sit yourself under a tree and marvel at the nearby amphitheater, which is considered by modern scholars to be of a particularly sophisticated design.

You can see the remnants of the all-important aqueduct, which provided water for 25 street fountains, at least four public baths, and a large number of private houses and businesses. There are numerous statues and frescoes, and all in all you get a remarkable picture of a real, functioning town. Just one that happened to exist more than two millennia ago (though it was wiped out in 79 C.E., the town was founded about 700 years prior).

A FAMILY AFFAIR: For centuries all we knew of Vesuvius was an eyewitness account by Pliny The Younger. He watched from afar as the lava engulfed the area – and his beloved uncle, Pliny The Elder.

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Ticket features
Skip The Line
Instant ticket delivery
Smartphone tickets accepted
Instructions
  • Show your smartphone ticket at the "Porta Marina Superiore" or "Porta Marina Inferiore (Piazza Esedra)" entrance and take the skip-the-line lane
  • If you go to the Piazza Anfiteatro entrance, you won't be able to skip the line
  • Kids pay only for Skip The Line
Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Pompeii
Via Villa dei Misteri, Pompei, 80045, Naples
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Additional info
  • Only small dogs on a leash and picked up while inside the homes can be brought inside the park (service dogs assisting disabled people are also permitted, with a certificate)
  • Free entrance for all on the first Sunday of the month from October-March
  • Getting There:

    Train: Take any train to Naples and, from there, take the Circumvesuviana train bound to Sorrento and get off at Pompei Scavi (Villa dei Misteri), the closest stop to the Porta Marina entrance gate.
Insider tip

Not sure about transport? Shuttle taxis are available from the Pompei train station directly to the venue. Give yourself about 3-4 hours to really explore the ruins, and see some things that you might miss otherwise. There's also a café on-site so you can split up your exploring with a leisurely lunch or coffee.

Mick
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Reviews
May 19, 2019
Was quick & simple
May 18, 2019
Easy to book, didn’t have to queue to get in, price ok.
May 17, 2019
Everything was quick, simple and fine! :)
May 15, 2019
Good value
May 13, 2019
Skipped the line as promised but did have to go to the online ticket counter to collect our paper tickets. Only took a minute or two so no big deal. Once Inside we were free to walk around the site as we pleased. You will definitely need to stop by the information office and get a free map of the site so you know what you are looking at or at the very least download an app. Either way you will enjoy your visit
May 12, 2019
Perfect
May 12, 2019
Great place to visit, need at least 3-4 hours though
May 11, 2019
We went straight to the front of the queue!
May 11, 2019
Very simple. Much better than standing in the long queue to purchase tickets at entrance
May 9, 2019
Wasn’t much of a line to buy tickets because we went in April. Would recommend during summer months.

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