One of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, where Roman art and life seem frozen in time. On a fateful summer's day in 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted, spewing volcanic ash and lava over the large and highly sophisticated settlement of Pompeii. The entire town and around 20,000 inhabitants were buried.
Pompeii was re-discovered in the 16th century, but it was not until 1748, during the reign of Charles of Bourbon, King of Naples, that its importance was fully appreciated. Almost 2,000 years later, you have the wonderful opportunity to explore the preserved ruins of this devastated Roman town.
- Archeological ruins: Standing on an area of 66 hectares, of which 45 have been excavated, these ruins represent a unique artistic heritage of architecture, paintings and mosaics. The very ash that demolished the town has preserved its villas, colonnaded gardens, baths, theatres and forum in astonishingly good condition. You can even see the remains of an inn, a brothel and cart tracks in the street. The most haunting relics are the casts of bodies of victims, still in the position in which they died.
- Pompeii by night: This special nighttime walk among the ruins of the historic city brings the past to life, as sounds, voices and magical illuminations unveil its treasures.
- The Forum: A sound and light show is also staged at the spectacular forum, the centre of public life in Pompeii, featuring a soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. At first you hear the sounds of a Roman city going about its business, but then the volcano erupts and tragedy strikes.
- Basilica Pontificia of our Lady of the Rosary: Built in the 19th century, this basilica has a magnificent façade in travertine and a monumental statue of the Virgin of the Rosary, carved from one single block of Carrara marble. The bell tower in grey granite and white marble was built in 1925 and is accessible through an exceptionally beautiful bronze door.
Contact our Concierge to book a private tour of Pompeii with private driver.