- See one of the world’s most fascinating ancient sites
- See a city frozen in time for 2000 years
- Peer inside the crater of an active volcano
The Guide at Pompeii was excellent and very informative. Our only complaint is that our small party very quickly developed into a large one involving several companies particularly for the climb up Mt Vesuvius. This gave the driver a very difficult journey at peak time to get us back to the port on time.
This Naples gift experience is your chance to visit one of the best-known destinations in Italy, the ruins of Pompeii, with an expert guide for a fascinating two-hour tour. In AD79 the nearby Mt. Vesuvius erupted, burying Pompeii and its unfortunate residents beneath a thick blanket of volcanic ash. While the results were devastating, this ash coating means that the city has been remarkably preserved, allowing for a unique glimpse into civilization 2000 years ago. You’ll learn about the Forum, the Lupanare, Vetti’s House and the thermal baths as you wander this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can easily imagine the scenes of daily life as it went on before the volcano brought everything to a dramatic end.
Following a break for a pizza lunch nearby, you’ll drive close to the summit of Mt. Vesuvius. This is the only active volcano in continental Europe, and it has erupted many times, most recently in 1944 when it destroyed several villages. Leaving the coach behind, you’ll make the short walk to the crater’s edge (assuming the volcano isn’t being naughty of course!) and take a look inside a smoking volcano. Combined with stunning views over the Bay of Naples, it’s an extraordinary place for a photo opportunity.