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Tickets for Pompeii: Skip The Line

No waiting to explore an ancient civilization

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Opening hours
April - Oct: 08:30 - 18:00, Nov - Mar: 08:30 - 15:30.
Best time to visit
Early in the morning
Skip The Line
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Smartphone ticket accepted
Wheelchair accessible

Highlights

  • 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

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. 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.

Location

Pompeii - Near Rome
Via Villa dei Misteri, 2, 80045, Pompeii, Naples
Rome

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Additional information

Admission Information

  • Show the ticket on your smartphone at the Porta Marina entrance and take the skip-the-line lane, which will be on your left-hand side (by the wall)
  • Big luggage isn't allowed inside Pompeii. We advise you to place these in one of the lockers

Opening Hours

  • Nov - Mar: 08:30 - 15:30. The venue closes at 17:00
  • Apr - Oct: 08:30 - 18:00. The venue closes at 19:30

Customer reviews

Alastair , United Kingdom
Nov 18, 2016
Easy to find queue, and was straight into the site! If you're travelling via train and get off at the mainline Pompei station, the entrance is about a 20min walk to the left.
Allan
Nov 13, 2016
good way to buy tickets
Craig
Nov 5, 2016
Good way to quickly avoid the queue, completed in seconds
Bryan
Nov 4, 2016
Superb experience , so much to see . Pre booking the ticket worked very well as you do get queues building up . You do need several days to do this site justice . We will return soon
Betty
Nov 3, 2016
Buying tickets online worked very well. There was a long line waiting to buy tickets and we went right up to the window and went on in. So glad I bought tickets ahead.
Rob
Nov 2, 2016
Great saved heaps of time and allowed us to see heaps more!
Sándor
Nov 2, 2016
There were queues: the normal one and also the "skip the line" was a long line full of people. Standing in this queue I had just enough time to buy the tickets from my mobile. That shopping was seamless. That was much faster then the normal queue and a bit more expensive.
Noreli
Oct 28, 2016
Quick to skip the line. Nice staff.
Iain
Oct 26, 2016
The ruins at Pompei are fantastic. It was larger than I thought. Make sure you have plenty of time. The area around it is very run down. Don't hang around.
Thomas
Oct 21, 2016
Went straight in, took no time at all. Brilliant !!!