It was a vibrant commercial centre of the Roman Empire until the summer of 79 AD when the city of Pompeii was instantly destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. It wasn't rediscovered until 1748, when a surveyor accidentally found it. The remains of the city became an immediate sensation and excavations began at once.
Pompeii now holds the record as the longest continuously excavated site in the world. Even after all that work, today about a third of the city still lies buried. The biggest challenge now is to preserve the ancient remains. Once they were perfectly preserved under ashes, now they are exposed to sun, light, air and our modern environment.
It's amazing to see the parts of the city that were held frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. So much of the ancient city can be seen today — the Temple of Apollo, the Basilica, the Temple of Jupiter, and the Teatro Grande. No wonder Pompeii has been a popular tourist destination for over 250 years!
Hands-down the best way to visit Pompeii from Rome is on a tour that arranges all the details for you, including back and forth transportation from Rome. Let's look at a couple of the best-liked tours.
We like this easy day tour that takes in both Pompeii and the nearby city of Naples.
The day kicks off with pickup at your Rome hotel, followed by a pleasant drive through the Italian countryside of the Campania region. In the seaside city of Naples you have time to discover castles, a Benedictine Abbey, and the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola.
Then visit Pompeii, still largely covered under volcanic ash of Mount Vesuvius. There you learn about the sophistication of the city and the people who lived there. This is a very popular tour, so be sure to book early.
We had a wonderful day visiting Naples and Pompeii. Trip was very enjoyable and made so interesting by our guides… This is brief visit to Pompeii gives you a good insight into the ancient ruins and was so absorbing… We had lunch (included) and that was so lovely. On our way to Naples we stopped off at a cameo-making factory… very interesting as we watched a lady making a cameo. All in all a wonderful trip that I would recommend to anyone."
– 5-Star Review
What we like about this tour is that you get to experience the amazing Italian coastline as well as see Pompeii.
The dreamy coast of Amalfi is filled with colourful Mediterranean architecture, blue skies, and the turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea.
Wander the charming towns of Amalfi and Positano before heading inland to Pompeii. Discover how the ancient city was discovered and explore the ruins on a guided walking tour. This tour is also very popular, so book early.
Beautiful trip! First of all, our driver was amazing! He was funny and very informative as he pointed out landmarks on the way to and from Amalfi/Positano. Amalfi is a must see. It's so unique and incredibly beautiful. However, for me, Pompeii was the highlight of the excursion. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining was he lead us through the most important ruins."
– 5-Star Review