Tickets for Pompeii: Skip The Line

Explore one of the world’s best-preserved archaeological sites

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Overview
Opening hours
Today:  08:30 - 19:30
Tomorrow:  08:30 - 19:30
Monday:  09:00 - 19:30
Tuesday:  09:00 - 19:30
Wednesday:  09:00 - 19:30
Thursday:  Closed
Friday:  09:00 - 19:30
Best time to visit
Early in the morning
Highlights
  • Explore the ancient ruins of a city destroyed by Mount Vesuvius’ violent eruption 2,000 years ago
  • See the remnants of artefacts, artworks, buildings, and even people that were frozen in time and buried beneath a tsunami of superheated ash
  • Avoid the long queues with this skip-the-line ticket, and get straight to enjoying one of the world’s most important and spectacular cultural heritage sites
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. The spectacular ruins are one of Italy’s most visited sites, so queues are long.

But not if you’ve got a skip-the-line ticket!

When Vesuvius erupted with the force of 100,000 atom bombs, life in Pompeii perished in an instant. Ironically, the blanket of superheated ash combined with the lack of moisture to preserve much of the city for thousands of years. So what you see today lends an extraordinary window into life in Roman times.

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!

With over 50 hectares to explore, you can walk around the Forum with Vesuvius in the background, or sit under a tree and marvel at the spectacular amphitheater. There are remnants of the all-important aqueduct, street fountains, public baths, private houses, businesses, statues, frescoes, as well as hundreds of haunting plaster casts of lava-fried locals!

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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
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
  • Changes 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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Ratings & reviews
Oct 15, 2019
Very easy
Oct 13, 2019
Very fast
Oct 13, 2019
A fantastic glimpse into Roman life as it was in 79AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted freezing it in time. There are so many visitors that having a priority ‘skip the line’ ticket is essential if you don’t want to waste valuable time queuing with lots of other people. The site is so large you cannot possibly walk all around it all in one day so you have to settle for going to see main places of interest as shown in the map you have to ask for at the entry desk.

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