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Tickets for Pompeii

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

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Last admission: 1 hour and 30 minutes before closing
Wheelchair accessible
Max group size: 5
Smartphone tickets accepted

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Overview

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
  • Enjoy 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.

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!

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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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.

Amendment policy

  • Changes are not possible for this ticket

Instructions

  • Show your smartphone ticket at the "Porta Marina Inferiore (Piazza Esedra)" entrance between 11:30-17:30 on the day of your visit
  • Please note that you cannot use any other entrance and that you can redeem your entrance ticket only on the day of your visit!
  • Please note that you cannot enter before 11:30!
  • There you'll also have to choose between two visit routes. You can find a detailed map of the each route on your voucher

Ratings & reviews

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S
Oct 7, 2020
Excellent
Great very easy to use would recommend it to others
J
Oct 1, 2020
Excellent
Better than expected not busy at all, a true sense of ancient Pompei.Get rid of the cheap fast food place on the premises so low class
P
Sep 28, 2020
Excellent
Needed a few more signs but otherwise brilliant. Incredible to walk in tbe footsteps of the Romans 2000 years ago

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