Tickets for Pompeii: Skip The Line

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

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Overview
Opening hours
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!

Ticket
Ticket features
Instant ticket delivery
Skip The Line
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.

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Feb 18, 2020
Very good. Try it !
Feb 15, 2020
The instructions were clear and it was easy to get to the right place, so ticketing experience was good. However, one of our party was in a wheelchair, and information was totally inadequate, causing us to lose precious time
Feb 9, 2020
Fantastic. Recommend to everyone and will be going back for a guided tour!

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