- Take a break from Rome's big-city bustle to discover the fascinating history of Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius on this full-day guided tour from Rome. Perfect if your time in Italy is limited, this is the only day tour from Rome that visits both Pompeii and Vesuvius on the same day. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 25 people when exploring Pompeii and Vesuvius, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide.
After your transfer from Rome by air-conditioned coach, your tour into Rome's ancient history begins high above the city and Bay of Naples, on the crater of Mt. Vesuvius. Europe's only active volcano, Vesuvius is infamous for causing the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79AD and has erupted many times since – today it's regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.
Lava flows have scarred the sides of Mt. Vesuvius, and are visible on the winding road up to the summit. Hiking the active volcano is the only way to truly experience the magic of Mt. Vesuvius. The 20-minute upward hike to the crater takes you through soft volcanic ash and pumice, and the views from the top are worth the effort! Alternatively, you can stay on the ridge of the volcano and admire the views. After your adventurous morning, it's time to take a break and enjoy a leisurely lunch (included). Relax as you experience the world-famous pizza Naples is so well known for.
Next stop is Pompeii, sitting in the ominous shadow of Vesuvius. During your personalized tour of Pompeii's remarkably well preserved ruins, you'll discover why this UNESCO World Heritage Site continues to shock and fascinate over 2.6 million people who venture here each year.
The now ruined city of Pompeii was once a sprawling metropolis of shops and residences, restaurants, gyms and brothels. You can walk Pompeii's main streets just as the ancient Romans did – the stones are still worn with tracks from the drawn carriages that used them nearly 2,000 years ago. You'll also visit the forum, the center of Pompeii's political and social life, and view the startling plaster death casts of the victims of the catastrophic eruption that destroyed the city of Pompeii.
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