Private full-day excursion with a knowledgeable English-speaking driver from Naples to Pompeii and Herculaneum for independent sightseeing of the ruins (see below Tour Pricing for the option of adding a guided tour of the excavations).
Pompeii, the ancient city at the foot of Vesuvius was quite prosperous in Roman times. It was destroyed in 79 A.D., following the famous volcanic eruption which covered it with a layer of pumice and ash. The first archaeological explorations took place towards the mid-18th century, and excavations soon began in earnest, but not until 1860 were they conducted in an orderly, systematic fashion. It is thought that, to date, about three-fifths of the ancient town has been excavated.
Walk through the ancient streets to visit the Villa of the Mysteries, the House of the Faun, and of the Vettii brothers. Discover baths, basilicas, temples, theatres, private homes, the amphitheater, even the palestra where gladiators trained for the arena.
With Vesuvius brooding on the horizon any visit to the Bay of Naples area should include a visit to Herculaneum. It is unjustly less famous than its bigger brother Pompeii as the state of preservation of the buildings are generally much superior. It was lost to sight during the same series of eruptions that destroyed Pompeii but was possibly destroyed by a pyroclastic flow as much of the timber has survived in a charred condition giving a much better idea of what a Roman town may have looked like.
Excludes: Pompeii & Herculaneum Entrance Tickets (to be purchased locally), Driver Gratuity, Guide Gratuity (if booking optional 2-hour guided tour of Pompeii and/or Herculaneum), Extra Hours, Extra Kilometers.