- Enjoy air-conditioned comfort - with free WiFi - from Rome to Pompeii and back; modern comforts for a trip into the ancient past
- Skip the ticket lines at Pompeii and walk right in and soak up the atmosphere of one of history's most well-preserved site. Walk ancient streets and peek into houses, cafes, temples and even a brothel!
- Take advantage of a well-informed and entertaining tour assistant on the coach ride, who can give you stories, facts and context, on the way there, and on the way back
Meet at Via Cavour - a spear's throw from the Colosseum - and board a bus bound for Pompeii. Enjoy an air-conditioned coach ride (with free WiFi) to one of history's most fascinating sites. Once you arrive, you'll get skip-the-line access to this fascinating ancient city preserved by the lava from Mt. Vesuvius. After a day spent wandering through the eerily well-preserved remains, you'll board your bus again and be shuttled in air-conditioned comfort back to Rome.
In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted, covering the ancient city of Pompeii in a layer of lapilli (molten fragments of stone). This force majeure froze the city, as if in amber. It's fascinating to be able to walk down ancient streets and imagine the busy city life that just suddenly stopped one day. Tinged with sadness, a visit here is nonetheless one of the best ways to bring history to life.
This full day excursion starts at 07:30 and lasts for about 12 hours. So prepare for a packed day of time travel. You start by making your way in the early morning to the Enjoy Rome tourist office (via Tomaso Grossi 10, near to the Colosseum). There you'll meet up with other travelers and board the coach for a comfortable, air-conditioned ride to the ancient site of Pompeii. Don't worry: there'll be plenty of stops for coffee and bathroom breaks along the way. And then, in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, you see it: the ancient city of Pompeii.
Imagine being able to go back in time and explore a city in the Roman empire; this is what this day trip offers. From the streets to the buildings to the everyday household objects - Pompeii is a glimpse into what life was really like almost 2,000 years ago. The preservation of Pompeii has also given the world a remarkable record of Roman paintings. Without Pompeii there would be virtually no record of the Roman art style.
The site is massive (64 hectares), and full of everything that made up a Roman city. Of course Pompeii has an amphitheater - which could seat around 20,000 people. Plus the villas of the rich, the more modest houses of the peasants - and even the brothels and bars at the edge of the city. If you're interested in ancient Roman religion, make sure to visit the Temple of Apollo. Set on a high podium with imposing steps, columns and a white marble altar it may inspire you to pay tribute to the sun, which will in all likelihood be beating down as you comb the city.
At the end of the day you'll be able to enjoy some much deserved air conditioning as you head back to Rome. Take advantage of that WiFi and start posting your pics online as the bus takes you on a road that, like all others, leads back to Rome.
NOTE: This trip runs from 1 March to November 30th every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
- Roundtrip bus journey with WiFi and air-conditioning on board
- Tour leader to assist you during the bus journey
- Skip the Line entrance tickets to Pompeii
- Guided tour
How to use your tickets
Just show your smartphone tickets to your tour leader at the meeting point, which is situated on Via Cavour 224 at the bus stop, Rome.
Tip: Bring a hat and some sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) to avoid sunburn.
Schedule of the Day
- 7:15 - Meet at Via Cavour 224
- 11:00 - Arrive in Pompeii to explore the ruins
- 15:30 - Hop on the bus for the return trip
- 19:00 - Back in Rome
Don't forget to bring your sunscreen with you and maybe even a hat. You definitely don't want to get cooked in the Italian summer sun while enjoying your trip back in time.
We decided to explore the ruins without a guide as we walk quite slow and wouldn't have been able to keep up.
The queue for skip the line was longer than the pay on the gate but we weren't held up much. Staff didn't recognise our e- tickets.
Wear sensible shoes, sun hat and sun screen. We visited in March and it was hot then!.
Our only issue, we could have done with another couple of hours on site.
The tour guide will tell you not to buy food inside Pompeii but it is about the same price as the awfull halfway stop and looks a lot nicer.
Once inside the audio sets go on and on but some of the buildings it tells you to go in this room but you can't cause they have shut it off to the public.
But all in all a good experience and well worth the trip.