Forum of Pompeii
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How to visit Pompeii?

Check out this article to find out how to plan your visit to Pompeii and to avoid some unnecessary annoyances.

Pompeii is the second most visited archaeological site in Italy, following the complex Coliseum-Forum-Palatine Hill in Rome. It attracts about 3,500,000 visitors per year, generating an average income of over € 20,000,000 a year.

How to get there?

Pompeii is situated near Naples in southern Italy. The archaeological site is easily accessible, making it a popular day trip for visitors from Naples and other nearby cities.


Here's a quick guide on how to seamlessly make your way from Naples to Pompeii.

By Train: The Swift Journey

One of the most convenient and efficient ways to reach Pompeii from Naples is by train. Naples' central station, Napoli Centrale, is well-connected to the Circumvesuviana train line. Hop on a train headed for Sorrento and disembark at the Pompeii Scavi - Villa dei Misteri station. The journey takes roughly 30 minutes, providing a swift and cost-effective transportation option.

By Bus: A Scenic Route

For those seeking a more leisurely journey with a touch of local flavor, consider taking a bus from Naples to Pompeii. Several bus companies operate this route, offering picturesque views along the way. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic conditions.

By Car: The Freedom of the Road

If you prefer the flexibility of your schedule, renting a car is a viable option. The drive from Naples to Pompeii is relatively straightforward, with the A3 highway connecting the two locations. Parking is available near the entrance of the archaeological site, allowing you to explore at your own pace.

Guided Tours: A Stress-Free Experience

For those who want a hassle-free experience, joining a guided tour is an excellent choice. Numerous tour operators in Naples offer day trips to Pompeii, providing transportation, guided tours, and often including visits to nearby attractions. This option allows you to relax and absorb the historical wonders without worrying about logistics.

Pompeii is well-connected by public transportation, including trains and buses. If driving, there is parking available near the entrance. Consider using public transportation to avoid potential parking challenges.



As of my last knowledge update in January 2023, the entrance fee for Pompeii is around € 22,00 for adults. However, prices may vary, and it's advisable to check the official website or local sources for the most up-to-date information.

• Porta Marina, near the train station of the Circumvesuviana railway line.
• Piazza Esedra, near the motorway exit.
• Piazza Anfiteatro, towards the modern city.


Opening Hours:

Pompeii typically opens in the morning and closes in the early evening. The exact hours can vary based on the season, so it's recommended to check the official schedule before planning your visit.

*Guided Tours:

While it's possible to explore Pompeii independently, guided tours are available for those seeking a more in-depth experience. Knowledgeable guides can provide historical context and point out significant features, enhancing your understanding of the site.

Map and Signage:

The archaeological park is vast, so it's wise to grab a map at the entrance or use a digital map if available. Signage is present throughout the site, providing information about key landmarks and directions to various areas.

What to wear?

Comfortable walking shoes are essential, as the terrain can be uneven. Additionally, consider wearing a hat and sunscreen, especially during the warmer months, as shade can be limited.


While Pompeii is an ancient site with uneven surfaces, efforts have been made to improve accessibility. Some areas may still pose challenges for individuals with mobility issues, so it's advisable to check the accessibility features in advance.


The site includes amenities such as restrooms, water fountains, and snack bars. It's advisable to bring water, especially during the warmer months, to stay hydrated while exploring the expansive ruins.

  • Information Office by Porta Marina and Piazza Esedra (information available in 4 languages)
  • Audio guide service (Porta Marina).
  • Bookshop.
  • Luggage storage.
  • Tourist guides coordination.
  • Restaurant service inside the excavation site.
  • Medical assistance/ First-aid station.
  • Near the excavation site in Pompeii there is also an operating police station (Carabinieri Corps), carrying out daily monitoring activities in support of the Superintendency.


Visitors are generally allowed to take photographs for personal use. However, there might be restrictions in certain areas, such as museums or specific exhibits. Check for signage or inquire with staff if in doubt.

Remember to verify these details with current sources, as information may have changed since my last update in January 2022. Enjoy your exploration of the fascinating archaeological site of Pompeii!




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Preparing yourself for your visit

One of the best books on Pompeii - in any language - is Britains classicists Mary Beard book called "The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found". 

There is a very helpful and free app from Pompeii itself that makes your stay in Pompeii easier. You can even buy a ticket in the app. 

Order of visit

You should also plan your visit to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale die Napoli in Naples after your field trips to Pompei and Herculaneum. Most finds from both towns are displayed in the museum. You will get a feeling for the location first and then you will be able to match the statues, mosaics, paintings to the places visited way more easily.