If you’ve been searching for a truly interesting day trip from Naples, you’ll definitely want to book this tour that will take you to Pompeii, an ancient Roman town that has been frozen in time. For this tour, a coach will either pick you up from your hotel or the train station for the 30 minute drive to Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius.
The story of Pompeii is a tragic one. Once a thriving city located near the Bay of Naples, Pompeii was buried under approximately 13 to 20 feet of ash and hot pumice stone when a nearby volcano, Mount Vesuvius, erupted in 79 AD.
While many of the approximately 10,000 to 20,000 citizens that lived in Pompeii escaped, about 2,000 residents did not make it out. Their agony and fear as well as that of some of their animals has been captured forever because when they died, they left hollow spaces in the ash. Archaeologists excavating the site realized that they could fill those spaces with plaster of Paris, which created startling recreations of the fallen’s last moments. During your two-hour guided tour of Pompeii, you will get to see these plaster casts.
You will also get to walk through the ruins of Pompeii, which is Europe’s largest archaeological site. As you walk past Pompeii’s Forum, brothels, shops, houses and thermal baths, you will get a fascinating peek back in time to what life was like in this area back in 79 AD. At the end of your guided tour of Pompeii, you will be given some free time to enjoy a pizza lunch and a little shopping. Don’t worry about the calories because your next stop includes a moderate hike to the top of Mt. Vesuvius, which is still active. Mt. Vesuvius is, in fact, the only active volcano on mainland Europe.
Climbing to the top of Mt. Vesuvius does have its rewards — you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Bay of Naples and have some time to roam around its crater. However, taking the hike is not required. If you’d prefer not to make the climb, you can just enjoy some free time to rest and relax. At the end of your tour, the coach will take you back to your hotel or to the train station.