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Opening hours

April to October: 8:30 am - 7:30 pm

November to March: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Last entry tickets sold 90 minutes before closing in summer, 2 hours before closing in winter

Free admission on first Sunday of each month

Closed 1 January, 1 May, 25 December

How to get there

Pompei, Province of Naples, Campania, Italy

By car, leave the A3 Naples-Salerno main road at the Ercolano exit. The Pompeii ruins are clearly signposted. There is a train station in Pompeii, with trains running twice an hour from Sorrento or Naples to the station. It takes about 45 minutes by train from Naples, and 30 minutes from Sorrento. Organised excursions may also be available from Naples, Sorrento and further afield, offering bus transfers, entry to the sites and services of a guide.

FAQ

How big is the Pompeii site?
The vast Pompeii site spreads over 170 acres. A fair amount of walking is going to be involved in a visit, so sensible shoes are a must. A large percentage of the site is yet to be excavated. With such a large site, it's easy to get lost and miss the most important buildings – make sure to pick up a map at the entrance.
Can I go on a guided tour in English?
There are several options for seeing the site with the services of a guide. Book in advance for the official tour, which takes four hours and covers all the important parts of the city. If you prefer to do things at your own speed, download the Pompeii app onto your phone and create your own tour. Finally, audio guides can be picked up at the gate for a few euros and are available in a wide range of languages, including English.
How long will a visit take?
The sheer size of the Pompeii site and the number of buildings and streets to visit means that most visitors spend at least three hours exploring the site. There is no time limit placed on your time inside – once you've bought your ticket, you are free to stay until closing.
What facilities are there at Pompeii?
To preserve the features of the archaeological site, there are few facilities within the ruins. There is one café near the entrance to the site and a small shop. Toilets are available at the entrance and also toward the middle of the ruins. To prevent damage to frescoes, mosaics and walls, visitors are required to leave all backpacks in lockers at the entrance.
Is the site suitable for children or people with walking difficulties?
The roads and streets in Pompeii are just as they were when they were buried under ash almost 2,000 years ago. They are rough and uneven, meaning that wheelchairs or pushchairs may struggle in many parts of site. A special smooth path has been laid from the entrance around some of the most important features of the area, allowing families with babies and those with walking difficulties to visit.

Must-know

Villa of the Mysteries
Some of the best frescoes of the Roman world are in the Villa of the Mysteries, toward the edge of the former city. The entire villa has been recently restored, allowing visitors to view the paintings in colours as vibrant as they were 2,000 years ago. Pick up an audio guide at the entrance to the site for an explanation of the symbolism and mythological stories behind the murals and frescoes.
Temple of Apollo
The Temple of Apollo was Pompeii's most important religious building, and one of the largest structures in the city. Whereas not much of it remains today, visitors can still see the carved Doric columns and appreciate just how large the temple was. Some of the elaborate carvings of griffins and other mythical beasts are on display in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, along with other artefacts from the site.
House of the Faun
One of the biggest and most impressive houses in Pompeii, the House of the Faun was excavated in the 1830s. Some of the best preserved mosaics in Pompeii can be seen here, depicting historical events, birds and animals. The courtyard is equally impressive, with the building's namesake, a bronze faun statue, standing in the centre.

Places nearby

Mount Vesuvius
Once you've experienced the devastation caused by Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii, why not head up the mountain itself? Coaches will drop you off around 200m from the summit, and there is a paved route right to the top of the crater. Guides at the top will explain the geology and history of the mountain in a short 10-minute talk, and then you're free to explore at will. While it's generally safe to visit Vesuvius, you should stick to the clearly marked paths.
Mount Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius
Sorrento
Sorrento is one of Italy's most photographed towns. Hundreds of houses cling to the sides of the cliffs overlooking the turquoise sea, and the town is perfect for strolling, sunbathing and watching the world go by. It's an elegant, sophisticated place where Italy's glitterati go to see and be seen.
Sorrento
Sorrento
Capri
The small island of Capri, just off the Amalfi Coast, is ideal for a daytrip out by ferry. Once you're on the island, join a boat trip around the stunning coastline, visit some of the island's historic buildings, or just have lunch in a shady piazza.
Capri
Capri