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Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

1. Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

Transport yourself back to Roman times on a guided tour of Pompeii led by an archeologist. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site for 2 hours with the help of your expert guide, who will take you around the city preserved by volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. Choose the experience you would like to have, with the choice of either a shared small-group tour or a private tour for your and your group alone. Skip the line when you enter the city at Porta Marina Superiore, one of the ancient city’s 7 gates. Walk the main streets and wander around the Forum, the old heart of the city and the center of public life. From here you can see Mount Vesuvius overlooking the city. Discover highlights such as the basilica (business and legal center), thermal baths, temples, bakery and great Theater of Pompeii. Listen to interesting anecdotes from your archeological guide, who will tell you about people who lived in Pompeii. Peek at plaster casts of those who were in the city at the time of the eruption. See well-maintained artworks, mosaics, and frescoes and travel back nearly 2000 years. Highlights include the House of the Vetti and the Lupanar Brothel. Find out how this famous brothel got its name and see its preserved stone beds and frescoes. Get great tips from your guide at the end of the tour about how to spend the rest of your day, or even choose to stay inside the archeological site longer to explore on your own. Get directions to the Sanctuary Dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, the local cathedral that is located close to the excavation site. You can also get directed to the Amphitheater and Orto dei Fuggiaschi.

Naples: Downtown Tour and Veiled Christ Entry

2. Naples: Downtown Tour and Veiled Christ Entry

Discover downtown Naples and explore the San Severo Chapel on a guided walking tour. Follow your guide through the lively Spaccanapoli street and admire highlights, including San Domenico Maggiore. Begin at Piazza Bellini to see the remains of ancient Greek walls. Continue to Piazza del Gesù, one of the most famous squares of the city a few steps away from the historical center. Visit Spaccanapoli, a long and narrow street that divides the old Naples into two halves with shops, restaurants, and alleys. Be amazed by the San Domenico Maggiore church with a perfect overlapping of different architectural styles and the pearl of Naples, the Chapel San Severo. See the famous statue of the God of Nile river, Piazza St. Gaetano, and the churches of Naples, San Lorenzo, and San Paolo Maggiore. See the 13th-century baroque cathedral of Saint Gennaro at the heart of the Neapolitan faith. Here the blood of the saint patron St. Gennaro is preserved.

Naples: Spanish Quarters Underground Guided Tour

3. Naples: Spanish Quarters Underground Guided Tour

Delve into the historic site of Underground Naples with entry and a guided tour. Join an adventure from the Spanish Quarters into the hidden depths of the city. Explore the winding tunnels and pass by the ancient Neapolitan aqueduct. Make your way to the Spanish Quarters to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Enjoy listening to a brief introduction as you prepare to enter the tunnels into Underground Naples. Pass beneath the streets as you learn about the history of the city from its first transformations at the hands of the Greeks to the development of the Neapolitan Aqueduct into an air-raid shelter during the Second World War.

Naples: San Lorenzo Maggiore and Neapolis Sotterrata Ticket

4. Naples: San Lorenzo Maggiore and Neapolis Sotterrata Ticket

Explore the complex of San Lorenzo Maggiore, at the geographic center of ancient Naples, and the subterranean treasures that lie beneath it. See colorful frescoes in the Sisto V Hall, the Gothic charm of the Chamber Hall, and excavated relics in the museum. Marvel at the beauty of the San Lorenzo Maggiore Church and its Franciscan frescoes before gazing at the stunning ceiling frescoes in the Sisto V Hall. Pass through the Cloister and visit Chapter Hall, decorated with a Gothic portal from the late fourteenth century. Then, descend 10 meters underground and discover the ancient ruins of the Neapolis, the old Greek-Roman city which was founded in 470 B.C. Discover the ancient commercial heart of the city, the Macellum (market). End your visit with some time in the museum, which presents a cross-section of the history of Naples from the classical age until the nineteenth century.

Naples: National Archaeological Museum Ticket & Pemcards

5. Naples: National Archaeological Museum Ticket & Pemcards

Visit the Naples National Archeological Museum with your day admission ticket and marvel at one of the world’s finest collections of Greco-Roman artifacts. Charles III of Spain founded the museum in the mid-18th century.  The museum hosts extensive collections of Greek and Roman antiquities. The core of the collection comes from the Farnese Collection and includes engraved gems and the Farnese Marbles. You can also see the museum’s best-known collections as well as new displays including the history of coins and the celebrated Secret Cabinet.

Naples: The Bourbon Tunnel Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

6. Naples: The Bourbon Tunnel Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

Come and see enchanting scenery unfold before your eyes in a secret place full of history and atmosphere. This emotional journey conducts visitors through the new section of the underground of Naples. The Bourbon Tunnel was built in 1853 by Ferdinand II of Bourbon, who, concerned about the outbreak of the rebellion, asked for an escape from the Royal Palace to the barrack in Via della Pace, now Via Morelli. The work was not completed and, during the Second World War, the tunnel was used by residents of the area as a military hospital, later becoming the Hall Judicial Deposit. The war left its mark even in the subsoil where we find handwritten messages of wishes and desolation of those who lived there. In the tunnels, you will also find statues dating back to the fascist period and a unique exhibition of many cars and motorcycles, abandoned for years and then freed from piles of rubbish, arranged and illuminated ad hoc along the route.

Naples: Palazzo Reale Entrance Ticket & Pemcards

7. Naples: Palazzo Reale Entrance Ticket & Pemcards

Explore the primary royal residence of the Bourbon kings with a full-day entrance ticket to the Palazzo Reale in Naples. Home to the Bourbon rulers in the first half of the 18th century, the Palazzo Reale was designed by one of the most prominent architects of the day, Domenico Fontana. The palace is situated on the elegant Piazza Plebiscito, the largest square in Naples.  Inside, discover a beautiful double staircase that leads you up to the royal apartments, now home to the palace's museum of furnishings and art. Admire a huge 18th-century nativity scene in the Cappella Reale (Royal Chapel). Learn about the vast collection of texts in the National Library, including thousands of papyrus scrolls found at Herculaneum, and the remains of a 5th-century Coptic Bible.

Naples Archaeological Museum 2-Hour Guided Private Tour

8. Naples Archaeological Museum 2-Hour Guided Private Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the Naples National Archaeological Museum, located at the northwest corner of the city’s original Greek wall. The 2-hour tour will introduce you to one of the world’s greatest archaeology collections, including extraordinary masterworks of art discovered in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, Oplontis, and related villas. At its core is the Farnesian collection of sculptures and other objects, such as the mosaic of Alexander the Great from the House of the Fauno in Pompeii. See silvers from the House of Menandro in Pompeii, and a number of Roman frescoes excavated from the Vesuvian area. Wander the gallery containing the Farnese Collection to admire the legendary statues of Hercules at rest, as well as 2 Tyrannicide and the majestic group called “Toro Farnese.” Your guide will explain the use of everyday objects, most notably the beautiful silverware from the Villa of Menandro and the so called “Blue Vase” from a tomb in Pompeii.

Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

9. Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

Discover the ruins of Herculaneum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's best-preserved ancient cities. Herculaneum was buried under volcanic material after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD but, unlike the nearby site of Pompeii, a lot of the town was preserved, such as roofs, beds, doors, food, and even skeletons. Walk the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with an expert archaeologist and get a glimpse of what life was like before the devastating eruption. Explore intact buildings at your own pace, see well-preserved frescoes, and imagine the daily rituals of those using the shops, public gymnasium and public thermal baths that can still be seen today.

National Archaeological Museum of Naples Private Guided Tour

10. National Archaeological Museum of Naples Private Guided Tour

The National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN) is one of the richest and most important museums in the world. Along with your expert archaeologist private guide, explore this trove of knowledge and make your way through the fascinating stories and artifacts of our ancient history.   Your guide will take you on an immersive trip through time: you’ll be spectators at the Battle of Osso, stand in front of the mosaic of a portrait of Alexander the Great, pass by Pompeii frescoes with still-clear colors, and stroll among the huge classic sculptures of the Farnese Collection. This museum accommodates new discoveries from excavations, as can be seen through its large section of Pompeii and Herculaneum antiquities.   Perfect for history pros and beginners alike, this tour through the MANN is a must-do on your trip to Naples.

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What people are saying about Naples

We took this tour on 15/09/2022 with Simone. It was an excellent tour with a very funny and personable guide, who kept us entertained throughout. There was 35 people on the tour yet Simone managed to make the tour personal. Thank you for a great tour from Kenny and Clare from liverpool. With love from me to you ❤️

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. When the tour was finished, he pointed us in the directions of plenty of other things worth seeing after the tour. I was also very late and they were very accommodating to my tardiness! I would definitely go again

Pompeii was a much bigger site than we anticipated. It was great to have a guide take us to all the key sites and explain some of the history before exploring some more ourselves. Would highly recommend!

Julia was great and funny! Spoke clearly, with a bit of a an accent. Will definitely recommend

Michael was incredibly informative and made the trip incredibly well worth it!