The Forum at Pompeii

Built around the fourth century BC, during the Samnite era: it was a small open area around which shops were placed.

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Pompeii
Smothered by a volcano and buried for over 1,500 years, Pompeii's beautiful buildings and art survive for all to see today.
Positano
One of the Amalfi Coast's most picturesque villages, set atop a hill with a long sandy beach.
The Grand Theatre
Accommodates up to 5000 people and has surprisingly excellent acoustics.
The Amphitheatre of Pompeii
The oldest stone building of its kind known to mankind, dating back to 80 BC.
House of the Faun
A luxury Roman house that was buried during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD and rediscovered during the archaeological excavations of ancient Pompeii.
Lupanare, The Brothel
A window into the 'private' life of the Ancient Romans. The brothels (from Latin Lupa, she-wolf, ie prostitute), were the Roman places dedicated to mercenary sexual pleasure.

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Explore Pompeii & The Amalfi Coast: Private Day Trip from Rome
Discover the ancient city of Pompeii, whose ruins lie in the shadow of the Vesuvius, and the pretty coastal town of Positano on the picturesque Amalfi Coast, with a private guide on this private day trip from Rome. 

On your private day trip, you will: 

  • Be picked up by your chauffeur from your hotel and drive south down  the "Highway of the Sun" towards Pompeii;
  • Meet your expert private guide at the entrance to the archaeological site of Pompeii, the most famously well-preserved city of the ancient world;
  • Enjoy a fully guided 2-hour private tour of the ruins of Pompeii, ancient Rome's port town and holiday destination; 
  • Walk around the amphitheatre and learn about the theatrical shows and gladiatorial fights; 
  • See the houses, apartments, and businesses of the local Pompeiians, and learn about daily life in this important Roman port town before the devastating volcanic eruption ended it all in 79 A.D;
  • Admire many mosaics and frescos, amazingly well-preserved thanks to the volcanic ash and lava, see depictions of myths and gods and goddesses, some paintings of food, and even some political graffiti;
  • Walk down ancient cobbled streets, where carriage wheel marks are still visible, visit the bakery and the fast food joints; 
  • Wander through the opulent bathhouses and see the magnificent town square with a spectacular view towards Vesuvius;
  • See the incredibly moving plaster casts of the people and animals that were killed during the devastating eruption of Vesuvius in August 79 A.D;
  • Hear exactly what happened that fateful day, about the massive volcanic eruption, the ash cloud and lava flows, and eyewitness accounts;
  • Drive to Positano, an idyllic and picturesque village on the Amalfi Coast;
  • Have a well-deserved break and  a delicious lunch (not included) at one of the many wonderful local restaurants, your guide will be happy to make recommendations; 
  • Enjoy a relaxed and fascinating tour of Positano with your guide, and learn all about its history and fame;
  • Bask the sunshine of the Amalfi Coast and walk on the beach;
  • Meet up with your driver and enjoy a scenic and relaxed drive back to Rome (about 3 hours). 

Pompeii is one of the most famous and well-preserved ruined cities of the ancient world, thanks to the dramatic and devastating eruption of the nearby volcano, Vesuvius. Your local expert guide will show you all the highlights of this extraordinary ghost town, where you'll learn all about daily life in Pompeii, and the dramatic events that put an end to it all in August 79 A.D. 

After your tour of Pompeii, head to Positano for a relaxing afternoon in this picturesque coastal village on the famous Amalfi Coast, popular with celebrities and locals alike. Enjoy a delicious lunch, some free time for shopping and strolling on the beach, and a fascinating guided tour before heading back to Rome. 

Pompeii Private Car Tour (On Request Only)
Spend a day exploring the ancient ruins of Pompeii, with was submerged in a time-capsule of rubble and ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. 

  • Visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii from Rome by private car.
  • Your own private guide to show you the best artefacts and points of interest at Pompeii.
  • Learn about recent advances in archaeology and how the city was 'frozen in time'.
  • Explore the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.
  • Completely bespoke tour experience: flexible, tailored, private and professional.
  • No need to worry about time or getting back to your hotel.


AD 79. A devastating volcanic eruption at Mount Vesuvius results in an entire Roman town being completely submerged in rubble and ash. The majority of the town's inhabitants manage to flee and the bodies of the 10% who are left behind remain preserved in time. 

Despite the suffering and destruction wrought on the town by the eruption, the disaster is the only reason that the ways of life of this advanced ancient civilisation could gradually be pieced together; indeed, without the eruption, such an intimate connection between past and present would simply not exist: ash buried much of the town, preserving it as a wonderful archaeological resource for future generations – the buildings, art, artefacts, and bodies forever frozen offer a unique window on the ancient world.

Due to the vast size of Pompeii, a visit must be well-planned to ensure you get the most out of your time. On this tour, you will have your own private guide and so will be able to maximise your time and focus on the things that interest you. Uncover the most fascinating artefacts, without the hindrance of being in a large group. 

Your day will begin in the early morning in Rome, where you will be collected by private car from your hotel and be driven to Pompeii with your guide. You will spend several hours on site exploring and discussing the artefacts with your guide before driving to Naples for lunch and a visit to the Archaeology Museum. You will then be able to relax after a long day on your return journey to Rome by car.

We built this tour because 
there are many misconceptions and myths regarding Pompeii, so your guide will be able to distinguish fact from fiction.
Pompeii & Naples: Private Day Trip from Rome
Discover the beauty, drama and tragedy of the buried city of Pompeii and tour the modern city of Naples on this private full-day trip from Rome. On your tour you will: 

  • Be picked up from your hotel in Rome by your private driver,  relax and enjoy the scenic drive south to Naples;
  • Meet your private tour guide for the day at the entrance to the archaeological site of Pompeii, now a UNESCO World Heritage site;
  • Visit the immaculately preserved ancient ruins of the prosperous ancient city of Pompeii, in the shadow of the volcano Vesuvius, with your local guide. Your entrance tickets to the archaeological site are included;
  • Stop for lunch in Naples at a local haunt recommended by your guide for a delicious Neapolitan lunch (cost not included);
  • Enjoy a customizable walking and driving tour of the vibrant city of Naples in the afternoon;
  • Return to Rome in time for dinner; 

After being pick-up in Rome, drive south on the "Highway of the Sun. Arriving in Pompeii, you'll meet your local private guide and learn about the infamous eruption of Vesuvius that would bury the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum – preserving them for two thousand years in lava, ash and rubble. Pompeii was a popular seaside resort for many well-to-do Romans and a thriving port town full of trade.  

Walk the streets of this ghost town with your guide who will tell you all about the history of Pompeii and the way of life of those who lived here. Visit the bathhouses, the Forum, the fast food shops, the villas of the rich, the apartments of the less well off, see political graffiti, admire colourful frescoes and mosaics, spot the wheel and hoof marks gauged into the cobbled streets, and step into the amphitheatre and temples of this ancient civilisation. 

It is exciting, humbling, and moving to see the plaster casts of the people and animals who tragically lost their lives in the eruption; your expert guide will tell you all the known details of everything that happened on that fateful August day in 79 AD, as well as the extensive work that has gone into the excavations and preservation of the city. 

After your two-hour tour of the UNESCO world heritage site, take a break for a delicious and authentic Neapolitan lunch and enjoy the afternoon in downtown Naples, learning about the evolution of this modern city. 

Before heading back to Rome, you will have two hours at your disposal with your tour guide to explore Napoli. We suggest a walking or driving tour of the city, that takes in sites such as the Castel Nuovo, Naples Harbour, Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples Cathedral, the complex of Santa Chiara and of course Naples' most famous street: Spaccanapoli. 

Alternative touring options include the Naples Archeological Museum, the Cappella Sansevero and the Catacombs of San Gennaro. These three attractions require pre-booked tickets. If you wish to visit one of these, please notify us before the tour and Travel Curious will arrange tickets for you (pending availability).
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