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For thousands of years, Pompeii in Italy has attracted visitors by the droves.

Back then the port city of Pompeii had attracted rich and sophisticated Romans. After all, it was one of the best summer destinations in the Roman empire.

Thousands of years later, this tradition remains intact. Just that now tourists from all over the World get attracted to Pompeii for its well-preserved ruins.

In less than 24 hours Mount Vesuvius volcano reduced Pompeii to ashes. Ironically, in the process, it also preserved the city for eternity.

The deadly volcanic eruption of 79 AD converted Pompeii into a heart-breaking historical showpiece. And like all Shakespearean tragedies, the Pompeii ruins are sad yet beautiful.

What are you waiting for? Book your Pompeii tickets and check them out.

Still not convinced? Read interesting facts about Pompeii.

Pompeii ruins address

This is the address of Pompeii ruins:

Pompeii Archeological Park, Porta Marina Superiore (Via Villa dei Misteri) | Piazza Immacolata, Piazza Porta Marina inf., 80045 Pompeii, Italy. Get Directions

Pompeii opening times

Pompeii opening times are different during different times of the year.

Some tourists combine nearby archeological sites such as Oplontis, Boscoreale, and Stabia when they visit Pompeii ruins.

Along with Pompeii ruins hours, we have also provided the times the other ruins open. This will help you plan your combination trips accordingly.

From 1 April to 31 October

Pompeii ruins open at 9 am and close at 7.20 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays Pompeii ruins opens half an hour early – at 8.30 am.

On all days, the last entrance into Pompeii ruins is at 6 pm.

During these months, the ruins at Oplontis, Boscoreale, and Stabia also follow the same opening times.

However, Herculaneum ruins open a bit early at 8:30 am and closes at 7:30 pm.

Note: A good portion of the tourists combine their Pompeii and Herculaneum tours on the same day.

From 1 November to 31 March

Pompeii ruins open at 9 am and closes at 5 pm. During weekends, the opening time is advanced by half an hour and the visitors start walking in by 8.30 am.

On all days, the last entrance into Pompeii ruins is at 3.30 pm.

During these months, the ruins at Oplontis and Stabia also follow the opening times as mentioned above.

However, during these months Boscoreale ruins have different timings. They open at 8.30 am and close at 6.30 pm. The last entrance into the Boscoreale ruins is at 5 pm.

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When is Pompeii ruins closed?

Pompeii ruins is closed on three days – 1 January, 1 May, and for Christmas on 25 December.

If you are in Italy for a holiday around this time, there are lots of other activities you can indulge in.

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What to see in Pompeii?

Pompeii ruins tour

Tourists come from all over for a day tour of Pompeii. Most of these tourists stay in Naples and travel to the archeological site for the Pompeii ruins tour. Image: Darkrome.com

Visiting Pompeii is like being in a Shakespearean tragedy. It is sad, yet beautiful.

Pompeii visits are like seeing people frozen in time.

In fact, the Pompeii ruins are so well preserved you will actually feel that you have traveled back in time on that very day of August on A.D. 79.

There is a lot to see during your Pompeii tour. Besides Pompeii ruins is 64 to 67 hectares (170 acres) big. That’s a lot to cover during your single day Pompeii ruins tour.

This is why most tourists ask the question “What to see in Pompeii?”

Well, once you buy your Pompeii tickets make sure you knock the must-see items listed below first.

1. Villa of the Mysteries

Also known as Villa dei Misteri, this is a Roman villa from the 2nd century BCE. It is richly decorated with frescoes, whose meaning archeologists are still trying to figure out.

2. House of the Faun

Also known as Casa del Fauno, this is the ruin of a luxury Roman 2nd-century dwelling. It has a replica bronze faun statue welcoming the tourists, and hence the name.

This was the largest and most expensive residence in ancient Pompeii.

3. Amphitheatre of Pompeii

This is an ancient Roman arena for gladiator fights. It has a seating capacity of 20,000. This is the oldest stadium built with stone, still in existence – much older than the Colosseum in Rome.

Visiting Pompeii from another city? Check out Pompeii tours from Rome, Naples, Sorrento and Positano

4. Lupanar

Lupanar is Latin for ‘brothel.’ Needless to say, this was the grandest of all brothels in Pompeii and the city was known to have more than 50 of them.

This brothel interests the tourists more because of the erotic paintings on its walls.

5. Pompeii Thermal Baths

Pompeii ruins have five public thermal baths. Each of the thermal bath building is divided into two sections – for women and for men.

Tourists love to see the ingenious way these baths rooms were heated; by running heated water through the cavities in the wall.

6. Garden of the Fugitives

The largest number of victims of Vesuvius’ eruption were found at this site.

This spot was once an ancient orchard. Now 13 bodies of Pompeii residents who couldn’t flee the deadly volcanic dust and rocks remain there as a stark reminder of nature’s fury.

Garden of the Fugitives is a frozen glimpse of Pompeii’s appalling last hours.

7. House of Vetti

The House of the Vettii is one of the many Domus in Pompeii. A Domus is a massive house occupied by the Roman upper classes.

During your Pompeii tour, you must definitely visit this attraction for its richly colored frescos.

8. House of the Tragic Poet

The House of Tragic Poet is a Pompeiian home dating back to the 2nd century BC. It features abundant ornamental detail, depicting scenes from Greek mythology.

The interior decoration in this house is of the best quality in the whole of Pompeii.

9. House of the surgeon

This house in the Pompeii ruins belonged to a surgeon. It has ancient surgical instruments displayed inside and is quite popular with tourists on Pompeii visit.

10. Temple of Apollo

Temple of Apollo is 6th century BC temple dedicated to the Greek and Roman God Apollo.

11. Temple of Jupiter

Temple of Jupiter was built around 2nd century BC. This ancient stone temple has columns in ruins and a statue of Jupiter God for all to see.

12. House of Sallust

The House of Sallust is the second Domus you must visit. The oldest parts of this house has been dated to the 4th century BC.

This house gets its name from the election notice which was also excavated with the house. The election notice recommended a gentleman called Gaius Sallustius for office.

Pompeii tickets

Pompeii Basilica
This is Pompeii Basilica. The oldest known basilica of the Roman world. It was this type of Roman architecture, which evolved into Christian architecture eventually. Image: Leger.co.uk

There are two ways to book your Pompeii tickets.

The first approach is to reach the Porta Marina Gate (which is the main entrance) of Pompeii ruins and stand in line at the ticketing window.

The lines at Pompeii ruins ticket window are long. Depending on the time of the day, you may even have to wait for an hour to buy your ticket.

If you go for this option, you have to be aware of the scammers outside the entrance. Ignore them and walk right in, to book your tickets for Pompeii.

The second option is to book online tickets for your Pompeii tour. Yes, that’s possible.

These tickets are also known as Pompeii ‘Skip the line’ tickets because you don’t have to stand in the line to buy the tickets or enter the ruins.

Skip the Line Pompeii Tickets

Very few tourists visiting Pompeii know the benefits of Pompeii’s online tickets. That’s the reason why there is always a huge queue in front of the ticketing window.

If you buy a Skip the Line Pompeii ticket from the link given in this article, you walk right into the Pompeii ruins without waiting.

Interested? Here is the two-step process to have a pleasant Pompeii tour –

Step 1: Visit the link given below to book your Pompeii online ticket (in 15 minutes, your ticket will be emailed to your email inbox).

Step 2: Show your Pompeii Skip The Line tickets at Porta Marina entrance, and choose the ‘Online Ticket lane’ to walk right into the ruins. The online ticket lane has no waiting.

Note: If you go to the Piazza Anfiteatro entrance, you won’t be able to skip the line

Pompeii tickets discount

Under certain circumstances, you do qualify for Pompeii ticket discounts.

Kids who are 17 years and below get an 85% discount on their Pompeii tickets. Their discounted ticket costs only 3 Euros.

EU citizens between the ages of 18 to 24 qualify for a Pompeii ticket discount of 30%. The cost of their Pompeii ruins ticket is only 14 Euros.

While opting for these Pompeii ticket discounts please keep valid photo ID cards to prove the age.

The cost of a Skip the Line ticket for a regular adult is 20 Euros.

Free tickets to Pompeii

There are certain conditions under which you can qualify for free tickets at Pompeii.

Looking for free tickets to enter Pompeii ruins? Plan a visit during the first Sunday of the month. That’s when the entrance to Pompeii is free.

If you are a handicapped person from the European Union, you and your companion can gain free entry tickets to Pompeii. If you are differently abled, we suggest you go from the entrance at Piazza Anfiteatro, which has a facilitated access for visitors.

If you meet any of the conditions mentioned below you can get free entry into Pompeii ruins all through the year –

1. If you are a student or a teacher of the European Union of the Faculties of Architecture, of Letters (Archaeological or Historical-Artistic Address), of Conservation of Cultural Heritage and of Educational Sciences. You will have to show the certificate of enrollment for the current academic year.

2. If you are a student or teacher of the European Union enrolled in the Academies of Fine Arts. You will have to show the certificate of enrollment for the current academic year.

3. If you are a professional at the International Council of Museums (ICOM)

4. If you are a school group from the European Union with a guide. For school groups booking is mandatory. Call: Tel: +39 081 8575 347

5. If you are a journalist you can present your press card and gain free entry

6. If you are an employee of Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT)

7. If you are a tourist guide of the European Union. You can get a Pompeii free entry by showing a valid license issued by the competent authority

8. If you are a tourist interpreter of the European Union. You must show your valid license issued by the competent authority

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Recommended Reading
1. Pompeii and Herculaneum tour tickets
2. Pompeii tours – from Rome, Naples, Sorrento and Positano
3. Pompeii facts – Trivia about Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

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