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Ancient Pompeii

Pompei Scavi | Via Villa dei Misteri 2, Pompeii, Italy
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Ranked #2 of 34 Attractions in Pompeii
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
Owner description: Home of the world's most famous volcanic disaster when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., Pompeii is now a significant archeological site that... more » Owner description: Home of the world's most famous volcanic disaster when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., Pompeii is now a significant archeological site that provides an amazing glimpse into the daily life of an average Roman town over two thousand years ago. « less
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Yeovil
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Absolutely brilliant! Fantastic to be in this site with such a unique history. We spent over 3 hours here and could have spent more time exploring as it is such a large site. It does get quite crowded but the quietest time was between 12:30 and 2pm. Entrance price is 11 euros, but the 5 site pass covering all the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This is a great day out, though tiring for the older tourist & probably for children too. We had originally intended to make our own way around the site, but when we found that the day of our visit was free entry (first Sunday in the month) we decided to spend the money we had saved on a guided tour... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Fantastic place - do not be fooled by the tours you don't need them. We went on the Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento. Then got an audio guide , we had also read up before hand. Go to the furthest point of the site to start and work your way back as all the tours start at the main gates. Take... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I've been to Pompeii & area 10+ times. Every time I go I learned more. You MUST get a tour guide otherwise solo many neat things will go un-noticed. The way these people lived so long ago is truly amazing. We've have another trip planned there this Nov, can't WAIT to go again. Spend evening getting "lost" in Naples or... More

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Tadley, Hants.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Loads to see, but don't expect a good standard of display. This is not how English Heritage would do it! Generally rough and (not very) ready. You need to take a passport or driving licence as deposit for an audio guide. I didn't have either. They said they would take a credit or debit card but there was no way... More

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East Sandwich, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We arranged our itinerary to stop at Pompeii and Sorrento on the way from Florence to Rome by staying one night in Sorrento. We traveled from Florence to Naples on the Frecciarossa train and then took the local Circumvesuviana train which travels from Naples to Sorrento and back. The Pompeii stop on this train is across the street from one... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This attraction could have been sooo much more. We got to the ticket office and tickets were reasonable. However, they had run out of maps and guides in English. We decided to press on assuming there would be information plaques inside. We were wrong. We had to retrace our steps to rent audioguides at €5 each just to find some... More

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London
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I would recommend visits to both Herculaneum and Pompeii. Pompeii for the scope and scale, Herculaneum for much better preserved buildings and interiors. Pompeii is simply the most awesome set of Roman ruins I have ever seen, and I'm a nuthead about Roman history. It's vast, huge and remarkably well preserved. Arguably more impressive than the Palatine and forum in... More

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Hastings, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Impressive to see how modern they were 2000 years ago. A guide will explain many thing you could easily overlook. Lots of people & hot, make sure you carry water.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

You have two main choices in the area. Pompeii and Herculaneum. Pompeii gives you the scale but Herculaneum the detail. Wear some sensible footwear, my wife struggled a bit particularly on the walk up and through the main gate and be mindful that there is not much shelter in Pompeii. The amphitheatres are worth visiting and my daughters spent all... More

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