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Tickets for Pompeii: Skip The Line

Explore one of the world’s best preserved archaeological sites

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Opening hours
09:00 - 15:30
09:00 - 15:30
09:00 - 15:30
09:00 - 15:30
09:00 - 15:30
08:30 - 15:30
08:30 - 15:30
Best time to visit
Early in the morning
  • 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

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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Skip The Line
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Smartphone tickets accepted
  • 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

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Via Villa dei Misteri 2, Pompei, 80045, Naples
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Additional info

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

In 1972 Pink Floyd played a live show here that became the beloved concert documentary Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii. There's a cool exhibition about it underneath the amphitheater where they played. It's cool to supplement the window into Ancient Roman life with a glimpse at an iconic piece of rock n' roll history.

Regional Manager
Mar 18, 2018
This was a great visit, which went very smoothly. Make sure that you wear good walking shoes as there is much to see. A remarkable and not to be missed experience.
Mar 17, 2018
Fantastic day.. Money well spent
Mar 14, 2018
Very easy access to the site. Lots of tour guides offering there services. I highly recommend going into the museum on the right hand side as you enter on the ramp up...and watching the 3D map presentation before venturing further. Gives great insight as to the city and what are the key points for viewing
Mar 11, 2018
Did not wait a minute to go through! Will use it again.
Mar 10, 2018
Highly recommend the 2hr guided tour with entrance fee. Great tour!
Mar 10, 2018
We had our own dedicated line... no waiting
Mar 10, 2018
Love the day it's mind blowing how big it is take plenty of water and some food you will need it. Wear good shoes it was amazing.!!!
Mar 7, 2018
El lugar es impresionante como imaginé, lamentablemente no está muy bien señalizado, y hay pocos servicios para una visita a la que sin duda merece dedicarle horas. Pompeya vale por sí misma, no por lo que le han agregado para los visitantes.
Feb 28, 2018
A bit pricier, but saved me 20 minutes in line.
Feb 26, 2018
Ticket office promptly processed our tickets on the spot; recommended

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