Pompeii VIP: Skip the line with a TRUE Archaeologist

Pompei, Italy

Experience hosted by Raffaele

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in Italian, English, and French
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What you'll do

*Choosing this tour you SUPPORT real LOCAL HOSTS/AUTHORIZED GUIDES. Also, we are a team of TRUE Specialized Archaeologists (for many exps is just a trendy "title") and our mission is to share with you a deep understanding of Pompeii.

** NEWS: We integrated our Itinerary with the LATEST discoveries/new openings (discovered 2020) and the most beautiful areas of Pompeii: with this itinerary we cover the greatest part of the city avoiding CROWDS.

Do you want to visit corners of the city where tourists don't arrive? Do you want to relive the feelings of the last hours of the Roman colony with an expert?

The best way it's to make it with a LOCAL ARCHAEOLOGIST and Licensed GUIDE!

Explore the ancient city with me, its ruins and take a trip back in time. Meeting your guide at the ticket office and with an intimate small group we will leave from the main entrance of the city: Porta Marina Superiore.
From there looking at the volcano, the Mt. Vesuvius, we will pass through the Antiquarium, where I will show you the objects found during the last excavations, such as the coin that changed the date of the eruption. Continuing we will pass through the Basilica, the Forum with the market and the main Temples of Apollo, Jupiter and Isis talking about the connection with MOZART...we will walk through the Decumanus major (Main street of Pompeii), looking closely and from inside the stunning BATH HOUSE SUBURBAN (recently opened!); the famous LUPANARE (Uh-Uh)!
We will explore some of the most beautiful DOMUS (houses such as the the Faun, Golden Cupids etc)), and in particular the richest Domus where the restorations were made by my Professor: house with an amazing garden, painting walls and mosaics;
NEW ENTRIES (latest openings).
The visit will continue through stores and roman restaurants along our way, a visit to the famous Plaster Casts (BODIES), a stop at the oldest part of the city (Doric Temple), Gladiators training ground and the Great Theatre where you can sing too if you wish :-)

| TOP-NOTCH EXPERIENCE |

- Real SMALL group
- Kids and FAMILY are welcome :-)
- Me and my team will provide you all the INFO to reach us in the best way
- We are happy to help you for all your needs
Other things to note
- Meeting Point is: PORTA MARINA SUPERIORE (as Point of interest on Google Map you can find "Hortus Restaurant and Garden Bar" we wait in front of it)

* SMALL GROUP ONLY ( e.i. if we have 20 bookings we will have 2 guides of 10 people each :)

- Tickets are NOT INCLUDED. 18yo FREE; 18-25 REDUCED for EU.

How to get the meeting point:
- By TRAIN: take CIRCUMVESUVIANA LINE from Napoli Garibaldi Station or Sorrento. Stop at POMPEI SCAVI-VILLA DEI MISTERI (It's just in front of the meeting point)
- By CAR you could park at "Camping Spartacus" or "Parking Zeus"


*We don't suggest to take TRENITALIA, but If you take TRENITALIA the meeting point is 30 min walking or 10 mins by taxi

* EVEN If you don't see a date or you have a different hours, please send us a message and we can open a new slot.
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*Choosing this tour you SUPPORT real LOCAL HOSTS/AUTHORIZED GUIDES. Also, we are a team of TRUE Specialized Archaeologists (for many exps is just a trendy "title") and our mission is to share with you a deep understanding of Pompeii.

** NEWS: We integrated our Itinerary with the LATEST discoveries/new openings (discovered 2020) and the most beautiful areas of Pompeii: with this itinerary we cover the greatest part of the city avoiding…

Meet your Host, Raffaele

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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Ciao explorers!

I'm a Neapolitan Archaeologist with 13 years of field experience on my neck and I am an Official Tour Guide of the Campania Region. I have a degree in Archaeology, a master in Classical Archaeology and a Ph.D. in Archeological Heritage -with a project on a Pompeii's roman building.

I did my FIRST archaeological excavation at POMPEII and since 2008 I have been part of an International Team of Archaeologists where we found a Roman bath in an area of the Vesuvius never discovered before (Apolline Project); my love for history brought me to many dig sites around Italy (Rome, Molise, Etruria) and since the 2015 I am Archaeologist Member of the Vatican Team Commission for Archaeology in particular for the excavations of the Catacomb of Naples (St. Gennaro). Also, I am working as researcher on an archaeological excavation here in Naples (the underground of Naples is an amazing world!) and you can find my published research papers about Pompeii or Naples on Academia edu under my name.

Since I was a child, I have always loved the ancient history of Greece and Rome as well as art from the Middle Ages to the 20th (1900s). I am the founder of "Naples Grand Tour" a team of LOCAL AUTHORIZED guides that offers tours of quality all over the Region Campania. I started my company Grand Tour Experience with the aim to share the best tours and experiences for all of our guests.

- The municipality of City of Pompeii has awarded us the Prize for great and honorable guide and we are proud of it! (Oct 2019)
- In September 2019 the Nobel Prize for Medicine 2011 Dr. B. Beutler was with us for a tour of Pompeii. (see pics on the slideshow)

Me and My co-hosts/friends are ALL official guides and archeologists who all studied at the University of Naples Federico II. We'll offer our guide's skills of years and knowledge and a deep understanding of local culture, art, history, archaeology, and more for those who want to understand and investigate the incredible richness of Pompeii and...we are local :)

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Ciao explorers!

I'm a Neapolitan Archaeologist with 13 years of field experience on my neck and I am an Official Tour Guide of the Campania Region. I have a degree in Archaeology, a master in Classical Archaeology and a Ph.D. in Archeological Heritage -with a project on a Pompeii's roman building.

I did my FIRST archaeological excavation at POMPEII and since 2008 I have been part of an International Team of Archaeologists where we found a Roman bath in an area of the Vesu…
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Private groups only
From $181 per group
Join 2 other guests
$29 per person
Private groups only
From $181 per group

Where you'll be

*GROUPS lead by Local Specialized Archaeologists and Official Guides!

-We start from one entrance and we stroll throught a big part of the ancient city.
Between "Cardini" and "Decumani", you will experience a true archaeological survey! On this fresh and careful tour, you will discover the soul of Pompeii, its characteristics, its secrets and its mysteries. Try to imagine being a Roman or an ancient traveler...

Our spots:
Porta Marina Superiore; Basilica; Foro; Temple of Apollo, Jupiter and Isis (Iside); Suburban Bath House; Lupanare; Public Fountains; Houses and roman Garden; Stabian Road; Abundance road; Bodies; Roman Bakery; Roman Restaurant (Thermopolium); Triangular Square; Doric Temple; Gladiator training ground; The Great Theatre

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 933 reviews.

Cassey
December 2021
Engaging story telling by knowledgeable guide. Easy pace and right amount of information. Don’t expect the tour to cover the entire Pompeii but that should be the way so you can have some flexibility to cover the remaining places at your own pace. We had Riccado and he is welcoming and engaging!
Jennifer
November 2021
Riccardo has an amazing gift sharing his passion & knowledge with those taking the tour. Thank you so much Riccardo, we learned so much more then expected.
Antonella
November 2021
Siamo tornate entusiaste nonostante tuoni, lampi e grandine. Immaginatevi come può essere col sole. Avvincente, divertente, mai banale, è un'esperienza che consigliamo a tutti. Grazie mille Alessandra, guida partenopea e partefantastica!
L A
November 2021
Ricardo was our tour guide and he made the tour fabulous in spite of the rain and thunder the day we were touring Pompei. He was informative, entertaining, warm and friendly. We learned so much about the city and people of Pompei. Thank you so much Ricardo!!
Anastasia
November 2021
Our guide was switched and we ended up with someone who seemed rushed. Each site was brushed over very quickly and much of the information was basic knowledge. The host seemed irritated when we asked questions. Overall, the sites were still incredible to see. However, the tour seems pricey for the quality of our experience.
Aaron
November 2021
We had an excellent tour with Italo who was extremely knowledgable and social guide who included everyone and managedto answer everyones questions. Highly recommend

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.