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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Up to 10 people

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

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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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From $187 per group
Private groups only
From $187 per group
From $187 per group
Private groups only
From $187 per group
From $187 per group
Private groups only
From $187 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 860 reviews.

Ramon
October 2021
Our guide Riccardo was really knowledgable and articulated and was able to bring to life and make entertaining a tour that has the risk of being overwhelming, the cheer size of pompeii makes it a must to have someone that explains and guides you through it. It was a great experience and I would definetly recommend it.
Emma
October 2021
We had Riccardo as our tour guide! He was absolutely AMAZING! We loved every second of his tour! You could tell he put in time and effort to make sure you saw and understand the most important parts of Pompeii! Would recommend him to everyone!! You will NOT be disappointed!!
Keith
October 2021
Such a wonderful tour of Pompeii! With only a small group we were able to ask Raffaele a lot of questions and he was super knowledgeable on everything we went to see. Highly recommend!
Evelyn
October 2021
You cannot do Pompeii without a tour, specifically with Raffaele’s team of intelligent and witty archeologists! I was very impressed with Ricardo’s knowledge and storytelling of the history of Pompeii! So many things we would have missed had we not done the tour! I recommend Raffaele’s team to everyone!
Phil
October 2021
This is a great way to see Pompei, it is way to big to go at it alone. This was a great way to see the best parts without being boring or repetitive. Raffaele was a great host with a very deep knowledge of Pompei.
Tim And Connie
October 2021
Very informative and fun experience. I have been to Pompeii before but just as an individual walking around. Being on this tour brought things into perspective and I feel greatly enriched by the Explanations, behind-the-scenes and the passion expressed by our guide.

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    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 2 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.