Trip at a Glance
Pompeii, Campania, Italy
Archeological Tour, Sightseeing
Price$440 USD per trip
Departure Day(s) and Time(s)
Daily upon request
Rome and anywhere in Campania Region
Tax, tolls, gas, parking fees, local english-speaking driver, fully insured air conditioned Mercedes 7seaters minivan.
- Pompeii is a Roman town frozen in time, thanks to a devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Explore houses from modest to majestic; see Roman shops, baths and brothels; or apply your high-school Latin to the graffiti that's still visible on some of the walls. End your visit at the Villa of the Mysteries, and try to interpret its amazing, bizarre frescoes-scholars have debated their meaning for years.
- Herculaneum, said to have been founded by Hercules, is a remarkably well-preserved Roman town. Built some time between 80 and 70 B.C., it was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Unlike Pompeii, however, Herculaneum was not buried by lava and lapilli (burning fragments of pumice stone), but was submerged by thick mud which then solidified into soft tufa rock, thus preserving the many frescoes and artefacts you can still admire today.
- The only active volcano in mainland Italy, Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
- Today you can hike up to the top of the cone and enjoy a breath taking view of the the smoking creater and the most densely populated volcanic region in the world.