Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei, Pompeii

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Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei, a World Heritage site, was once a thriving Roman city. The famous cataclysmic eruption of the nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE destroyed it, as well as nearby Herculaneum, Stabiae, Oplontis and part of Boscoreale. When the volcano erupted, the entire settlement was covered with a deep layer of ash. Nearly 3,000 people died that day, and the ash quickly settled, preserving the city in almost its original state. Today, this is an open-air museum of the everyday life as it must have been when the ancient Roman civilization flourished here. Among the thousands of objects perfectly preserved by ash are ceramic pots, jewelry, furniture, and frescoes. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei and many more Pompeii attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Pompeii tour planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Tonight I did my wife other friends for a location. Since today is Friday, we paid only €2.00 per person. Waited about two hours in a row, walked in and accompanied "unguided" by a gentleman who in 35/40 minutes brought us to the exit. At this point I'm wondering: why the Superintendent makes false advertising. Could do an advertising campaign for a donation. In all this I had to pay €11.00 of parking. I don't think I'll go over and certainly not recommending it to my friends. A DISAPPOINTMENT
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  • August 18, 2017
    Came on a guided tour. It was amazing to walk through the streets and see the houses and hear about the everyday lives of the people of Pompeii and the sad tale of how it was all destroyed. Really enj...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    This site was so much more impressive than I expected and so vast. Very interesting with so many different things to seek out and see. Impossible to see it all in one trip (we spent 4 hours) and would...  more »
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  • Loved it! Amazing to step back in time and see how the Romans lived nearly 2000 years ago. Remarkably advanced. Spend a bit of time researching what you want to see before getting in. Recommend purchasing tickets via the official website and then skipping the queue to pick them up on site. The free booklet and map are priceless and will help you get around (pick up to the right of the ticket booth at the Info Centre). Self guiding highly recommended as the tour group sizes can be insane and don't give you any appreciation of where you are. Grab the Rick Steve's audio guide - he's great everywhere in Italy! Also try to see the museum in Naples to get a view of all the stuff taken during excavation. Pompei is something I would love to see again.
  • This was a really impressive archeological site. The extent of the excavated ruins was massive and much bigger than expected. We walked for six hours and still didn't see everything. This is a good place for older kids to visit as it is not terribly expensive. Under 6 is free and the other four members of our family only cost 56 Euros to get in. Very young kids may not have a good time due to limited ability to appreciate the significance of this site and it was very hot and dusty while we were there in June. Uneven roads and pathways make it difficult for strollers and those with limited mobility. A jogging stroller might be fine, but it would likely be a bumpy ride still. Our children 4, 6, and 8 enjoyed it though and did well walking the grounds. There are fountains scattered throughout the ruins that provide safe drinking water. Having a water bottle was helpful. There is also a cafeteria that serves lunch and ice cream and has bathroom facilities. The visitor center also has bathroom facilities, but otherwise, there are limited bathroom facilities on the premises. Hats are recommended to keep the sun off if visiting during the summer. Well worth a visit if you are in Southern Italy!
  • Remarkable ruins! A fantastic preservation of the buildings, culture and lives the Romans would have lived. Definitely a "must visit" site! I definitely recommend going early and getting a guided tour. Its a huge site and it's very easy to miss some of the hidden gems and historical trivia. The tours we used last for 2 hours so you have time to explore after.
  • Amazing place, but I would recommend a guided tour to get the best out of it. We didn't and I'm sure we missed some of the most interesting things. Beware of the "official tickets" place when you get off the bus - that's not the official ticket office which is when you actually enter the site. However, these guys offer a guided tour and you get to jump the queue at the official ticket office which was long, so maybe worth a try.
  • Such an incredible place! I would highly recommend coming here with a guide who is highly educated in history or just research it yourself before coming. It's so much different in person than what you could ever see online or in a book. I saw a beautiful artwork that has been preserved by ash for thousands of years. Absolutely come here!

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For easy foot access to Pompeii's archeological sites, consider checking into a hotel or B&B near the world-famous excavations. You can walk around the ruins by day and enjoy panoramic views of the area from your balcony by night. Centrally located Pompeii hotels are conveniently situated near the area's main road and railway networks, making them an ideal base for exploring the surrounding region and the Amalfi Coast. You can also choose to book your rooms in nearby Sorrento or Naples, which offer a wider range of less expensive hostels and self-catering apartments.
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