Pompeii Archaeological Park, Pompeii

Pompeii Archaeological Park, 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. To visit Pompeii Archaeological Park on your holiday in Pompeii, and find out what else Pompeii has to offer, use our Pompeii sightseeing planner .
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  • This is a must place to visit. The guide we had was brilliant ! We went on an organised tour from our hotel. We would recommend you do the same if you intend to visit this incredible site. You will no...  more »
  • The excavations are really sensational, some domus have been beautifully renovated. It's a great idea to see many closed areas and a night visit that's a bit "stealth" (many sounds of what should have been didn't actually work). It certainly remains one of the most exciting places on earth
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  • Being a student of Geography, I was always interested in finding the interaction between people and places. This place provided me with an insight into the ancient history of people, places and their ...  more »
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  • What an amazing experience. I had high expectations of the park and I was still blown away. This is a once in a lifetime sort of experience. It only costs 15€ per person to enter the site. You won’t find much written explanations on what you are seeing in the park so, you will need an audio guide (for about 8€) or you can also hire a professional tour guide who are usually available at the main entrances. I recommend doing some research on Pompeii to understand what you will be visiting. You won’t receive much explanation as to what happened or the significance of this city. You can easily spend an entire day here, however we spent about 4-5 hours touring and it was the perfect length in my opinion. Be prepared to walk a lot and bring water and snacks as there is a limited amount of food within the site but you will find water fountains throughout. We were also able to store our luggage on site for free, which was a great perk. All in all, it was fantastic!
  • If visiting Pompeii then visiting the Archaeological Park is a must.This tour was well worth my 5* review. Would highly recommend a guide with audio so you don't miss anything.I was looking forward to this trip and my visit didn't disappoint me.An unbelievable tour taking you back over 2000 years to what life was like before Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered the area in ash.I couldn't believe how big the area was we had to walk.Two hours was probably enough so make sure you have plenty of sun block a hat and plenty to drink.Comfortable footwear is also essential. This trip is not for anyone who is a little uneasy walking and a big no no for anyone in a wheelchair unfortunately. Be prepared to be blown away as you are taken back in time.
  • The ruins of Pompeii is an amazing sight to see. The site is much larger than expected for such an ancient city. There are original frescoes and mosaics still in very good condition. The accomplishments of a civilization from 2000 years ago are a real wonder. For example, they created water pressure of both hot and cold water supplied to the citizens and shops within the city. I was surprised to learn that the citizens were paid for their urine. Evidently it had many important uses during that time. I would have liked to have spent more time there to see more and learn more.
  • Amazing day out, lots of history to be seen, as long as you have a tour guide. It's an okay experience seeing all the architecture and ruins on your own. But you miss out on a lot if you don't have a guide. Luckily the guides are quite accessible and not too expensive, about £15 per person, which can add up quickly but if you have that money to spare, it's definitely worth it as you'll learn and discover so much more as you go through the ruins of Pompei
  • It's especially interesting because of its size and how well kept are most of the buildings. It's huge and gives you a good picture of how live looked like then. However, it requires better maintenance. It feels like once it's been opened they never bothered to look after it again. Gift shop, gallery, info boards - they all seem neglected and not taken care of for a very long time.
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