Skip the Line Pompeii Ruins Tour with Villa of Mysteries

Step back in time almost 2,000 years and explore the famous Roman ruins with an archaeologist guide

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Looking for the best way to explore the legendary ruins of Pompeii? Then join an expert archaeologist guide on this fascinating small group walking tour, and discover the secrets of Italy’s buried city. Frozen in time by Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., Pompeii provides an incredible snapshot of life in Roman times. You’ll beat the crowds with skip-the-line tickets, and your guide will show you the best of the city’s important sites and hidden gems, including the incredible Villa of Mysteries.

Tour Details
  • Skip the Line at Pompeii
  • Explore the ancient Forum
  • Roman baths
  • The Bakery
  • Pompeii Cemetery
  • Human plaster casts
  • Villa of Mysteries

Beginning near the ruins themselves in the new city of Pompei, this tour is ideal for anyone staying nearby in Naples, Sorrento, or anywhere along the Amalfi Coast. You'll meet your guide next to the train station, and with your skip-the-line tickets you'll have no problem getting into the lost city of Pompeii quickly. Once inside, your guide will tell stories of the people that lived here and the catastrophe that left this city buried under volcanic ash in 79 A.D. You'll explore the city's most notable sites and best-preserved artifacts, as well as the fascinating Villa of Mysteries.

Skip the Line Pompeii Guided Tour Description

Your 2-hour tour of Pompeii includes: 

  • Skip-the-line line Pompeii entrance

  • Guided walking tour of the Lost City's important sites

  • Access to the Villa of Mysteries

  • Friendly, English-speaking guide with expertise in archaeology

  • Maximum group size of 18

Skip-the-Line Pompeii Tickets

As one of the most intriguing sites in southern Italy, Pompeii can get pretty crowded. Luckily for you, we offer skip-the-line tickets with an expert archaeologist guide to lead you through the incredible ruins of the city. Meet your guide at the designated meeting spot on your voucher and off you go.

A City Frozen in Time

In 79 A.D., the flourishing city of Pompeii was changed forever due to a catastrophic volcanic eruption. The city, defined by its large amphitheater, artisan community and even brothels, was destroyed in an instant by the wrath of Mount Vesuvius. The volcanic eruption may have destroyed the city, but also preserved it beautifully.

Almost 2,000 years later, a team of archaeologists discovered artifacts and even bodies frozen by the tragic eruption’s volcanic ash. Follow your guide to explore the ruins left behind by the catastrophe, giving life to the lost city. You will understand what life was like before, during and after the famous disaster.

Villa of Mysteries

After your guided tour of the ruins of Pompeii, head over to Villa di Misteri. You'll be hard-pressed to find a Pompeii tour that also visits the Villa of Mysteries. Why? We like to call this ancient house a hidden gem of the area. Our Pompeii guides are archaeological and historical experts, and it's their mission to take you to some of the city's untouched phenomena.

Once you arrive at the villa, you'll notice that it survived the 79 A.D. eruption shockingly well. Your guide will point out the frescoes that had been buried underneath volcanic ash for years. You might be surprised to find out exactly what the frescoes are thought to depict! 

Arrivederci!

After your guided tour, it’s time to say arrivederci to your group and guide. Feel free to keep exploring the ruins on your own, though! While this tour does not include transportation to and from Rome, you can easily join our Day Trip from Rome to Pompeii, which does offer luxury transportation to Pompeii.

What you get with this tour
Skip-the-line line Pompeii entrance
Guided walking tour of the Lost City's important sites
Access to the Villa of Mysteries
Friendly, English-speaking guide with expertise in archaeology
Maximum group size of 18
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Kent markwart

It was...fine
21 April 2022
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Raymond Boetger

First, the good stuff. I definitely recommend going with a tour guide, and I would still use theromanguy. We saw a lot of great sites and there was a lot of information that I never would have learned without our guide. We were in a small group which was perfect as well. Unfortunately, there are a lot of negatives as well. We bought the tour with the expectation to see Pompei and the house of mysteries. We never saw the house of mysteries. It never came up at any point, which I was very surprised about. We started the tour about 15 minutes early. Our guide called us 30 minutes before the tour started and asked us where we were, as if we were late. Luckily, we were nearby and still started early. Even with this, we did not see many of the spots listed on the tour, which was honestly disappointing. That being said, the tour was still great, and our good was pretty good. He was a little harsh with people who were not on the tour, but still very nice and knowledgeable for us. He called us all family and treated us that way as well. We have done 2 other tours with the Roman guys (Trastevere food tour and Rome in a day tour) and loved both of those tours (5/5 stars, no complaints.). I highly recommend the Roman guys. Hopefully we just ran short of time for some reason.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Meet at Bar Sgambati - right next to the train station. Our friendly representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

Since this is a walking tour, please wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen if you are coming in the summertime.

Is transportation from Rome included?

No, this tour is designed for those who would prefer to get to Pompeii by other means, or are already in the area. If you'd like a tour that includes transportation, check out our Day Trip from Rome to Pompeii.

Will the tour still run if it rains?

Absolutely, yes! We run our tours rain or shine.

Is lunch included?

Lunch is not included in the price of the tour.

What is included in the price?

This tour includes a guided tour of Pompeii's archaeological site and skip the line Pompeii tickets.

What to bring?

Since this is a walking tour, please wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen if you are coming in the summertime.

Where to meet?

Meet at Bar Sgambati - right next to the train station. Our friendly representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

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