Skip the line Private Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Guide

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  • 8 hr

Spend a day in the Vesuvian Area visiting the amazing archaeological Site of Pompeii and Herculaneum ruins. Pick-up from Sorrento and transfer to Pompeii; by the entrance, you’ll meet the guide and will spent consequently 2 hours walking through the alleys of the historical town. Free time to spend 2 hours to explore this massive site. You’ll walk through the alleys of what was once considered one of the most important commercial centers in the area. Free time for lunch. Continue to Herculaneum and free time to visit the archaeological park. Together with Pompeii, Herculaneum is considered one of the main archaeological sites of the Campania Region today; it is better preserved than the one of Pompeii due to it being buried under a cover of mud and lava. Return to Sorrento in the afternoon.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Pompeii Archaeological Park

Pompeii is a vast archaeological site in southern Italy’s Campania region, near the coast of the Bay of Naples. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried under meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Basilica

The Basilica, with its extension of 1,500 square meters, was the most sumptuous building of the Forum, and its space was used to carry out business and for the administration of justice.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Forum

The Civil Forum is the core of daily life of the city and is the focal point of all the main public buildings for city administration and justice, business management, and trade activities such as markets, as well as the main places of citizen worship.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lupanar

The Lupanar of Pompeii is the most famous brothel in the ruined Roman city of Pompeii. It is of particular interest for the erotic paintings on its walls. Lupanar is Latin for "brothel". The Pompeii lupanar is also known as Lupanare Grande. The prostitutes in the brothel were mostly Greek and Oriental slaves who were paid between two and eight Asses (a glass of wine cost one As) for their services.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Tempio di Giove Capitolino

The Temple of Jupiter dominates the north side of the Forum, with Mount Vesuvius scenically rising behind. When the colony was founded (80 BC), the temple underwent a radical renovation and became a real Capitolium with the three cult statues of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, which looked like those of the Capitolium in Rome, placed on a high base so as to make them visible to whoever passed in the Forum square.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Casa del Fauno

The House of the Faun (Italian: Casa del Fauno), built during the 2nd century BC, was one of the largest and most impressive private residences in Pompeii, Italy, and housed many great pieces of art. It is one of the most luxurious aristocratic houses from the Roman republic, and reflects this period better than most archaeological evidence found even in Rome itself.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Macellum

The Macellum consists of a tuff quadriporticus with a hall for worship in an elevated position on the eastern side, in line with the entrance. The copies of two marble statues, a female and a male armed, are found on the niches of the side wall, together with the fragment of a larger statue, probably pertaining to an emperor, Titus or Vespasian, indicating how this area was intended for the imperial cult. To its left is a room for meetings of a sacred board and to the right a large room with a masonry counter perhaps for fish to be sold.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Parco Acheologico di Ercolano

Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD. Its ruins are located in the comune of Ercolano.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: College of the Augustales

It is thought that the building was a centre of the cult of the Emperor Augustus and the headquarters of the Collegium Augustalium (or possibly even the local curia).

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Central Thermae

The "thermae" were the city's public baths. There were relatively few private baths and these were limited to the most well-to-do families, given that the latter were the only ones who could afford to build rooms suited to the purpose. The thermal bath buildings were divided into two sections: one reserved for women and one reserved for men. Each of these contained a series of rooms with different functions: changing room cold bath room tepid bath room hot bath room all well preserved from the passing of the years

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Casa dei Cervi

The Casa dei Cervi is an imposing example of a Roman noble family's house that, before the volcanic mud slide, boasted a seafront address. Constructed around a central courtyard, the two-storey villa contains murals and some beautiful still-life paintings.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: House of the Skeleton

The House of the Skeleton probably the aggregation of three smaller buildings, derives its name from the discovery of human remains in a second floor room in 1831. Some inhabitants shut themselves in their homes and they died there either by suffocation or because of the extreme heat of the gases which hit the town.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Partem Domus lignea - Casa del Tramezzo di Legno

The Partem Domus Lignea, owes its name to a folding wooden door discovered here; it was used to separate the atrium from the tablinium (the studio of the owner). In front of the façade it's still possible to admire the benches where the clientes waited to be received from the host.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Salone della Barca di Ercolano

After the Eruption of the Volcano Vesuvius, many inhabitants fled for their lives reaching the beach. The men tried to protect women and children, but the fury of the Volcano was unstoppable and the waves, the sand and the lava destroyed the little port and the beach. The wooden boat, recovered from the ancient beach, was covered with a resinous material, which preserved it perfectly, and in 1982 it was bring back to lifeand put back in the right position, so travellers can admire it.

Duration: 15 minutes
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