Tickets Pompeii: where and how to book to skip the line

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Tickets Pompeii and how to prepare for a visit to one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in the world.

If you are thinking of visiting Pompei, prepare for a trip to one of the most beautiful and rich cities of the Roman Empire.
The city, destroyed by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano, has kept intact the roads, houses, decorations and works that made Pompeii one of the most important places in the Empire, a crossroads of commerce and peoples.

Entering Pompeii, however, requires careful planning and therefore in this post you will find all the informations you need.

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The year 79 AD it is sadly famous for the eruption of Vesuvius.
No one knew that the mountain that could be seen from Pompeii was a volcano and on 25 August an explosion of lava and incandescent ash destroyed the city, killing those who could not escape in time.
Pompeii was rediscovered after many centuries and archaeological excavations have unearthed the city.
There are many visitors who visit Pompeii every year and it is important to plan everything, from buying tickets to avoid queuing at the entrance to the path to follow in order not to miss the most important places and buildings.


Tickets to enter Pompeii can be purchased in 4 ways:

1 – at the ticket office, but being one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world the line is endless. I advise you not to arrive there without first having booked your ticket!

2 – on line, through the site that allows you to book tickets, choosing the day and time of entry, allowing you to skip the line –> Pompeii: Skip The Line

3 – by booking a guided tour, the only way to discover the secrets and curiosities of Pompeii without missing the most important streets, buildings and works.
However, I advise you not to rely on any guide and to have an expert accompany you. There is a very interesting tour, for example, which includes a two-hour walk with an archaeologist –> Pompeii: Guided Tour

4 – choosing a guided multi-day excursion to discover not only Pompeii but also Herculaneum and many other tourist attractions around Naples. The proposals are many.


Bus and Train: from the Naples Capodichino airport you can use the “Alibus” service.
From the Piazza Garibaldi train station, take the “Circumvesuviana” line and get off at the “Pompei Scavi” stop.
Also from the Naples train station you can take a SITA, EAVBUS or CSTP bus (numbers 004 and 075 of the Ferraris-INPS stop). These last two options take longer to reach Pompeii.

Car: from the Naples-Salerno motorway (A3), exit at the Pompei Ovest tollbooth for those coming from the North, at Pompeii Est for those coming from the south.
The parking lots are located just outside the historic walls.


From 1 April to 31 October: 9.00 – 19.30 (Saturday and Sunday opening 8.30 – last admission 18.00).
From November 1st to March 31st: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm (last admission 3.30 pm – Saturday and Sunday opening 8.30 am).
Closing days: January 1st, May 1st, December 25th


A visit to Pompeii is an experience that everyone should do at least once in their life.
Walking through the streets and entering the houses of this ancient city of the Roman Empire will leave you speechless. It is, in fact, the archaeological site that best represents a Roman city and allows us to understand how the citizens of one of the most important cities of ancient Rome led life.

It will seem to you to perceive the life that the merchants of the time and the nobles of the city led. But you will also see where the people gathered and how the house where prostitutes lived and worked was made.
The list of unmissable places can be found in the post Visiting Pompeii: what you can’t miss

To visit Pompeii I suggest you follow 4 simple rules:

  1. start the visit early in the morning, as soon as it opens;
  2. book tickets in advance, to skip the line at the entrance;
  3. wear comfortable shoes, bring plenty of water, sunscreen and snacks, because the visit will be long and there are very few refreshment points;
  4. Enjoy your visit and don’t miss the secret Pompeii, the places few people know about but which are most fascinating.

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