thirteen things you must know when Visiting Pompeii

Duration required

The 44 sq hectares ruins will take more than two days to explore. But a highlights-only tour will last for three to four hours.


Pompeii is in a hot and dry region, with temperatures often exceeding during summer. Make sure to carry enough water and dress accordingly.

Wear comfortable shoes

Pompeii is large and involves walking on uneven surfaces, so comfortable shoes are important for a more enjoyable and relaxing experience.

Avoid larger bags

Big bags and suitcases are kept from the ruins. But there are lockers on site to secure them. Bring a smaller bag to carry them easily.


A Pompeii map will help you save time and ensure you don’t miss important exhibits. A map will also help you find tourist facilities such as washrooms, cafes, smoking areas etc.

Unsuitable for kids

Some Pompeii exhibits are unsuitable for kids – some are too graphic, and some are sexual. However, there is so much exciting stuff for kids that keeping them away would be criminal.


Several restaurants and cafes are on the site to buy food and drinks. With so much walking, we highly recommend taking a break and refueling your energy with some delicious food.

Avoid the crowd

Pompeii can get crowded between 10.30 and 12.30 noon. Tourists visiting in group tours leave from 12.30 pm to 1 pm. Avoid crowded areas using the map and long lines by buying online tickets.

Free entry

Visitors can enter Pompeii for free on the first Sunday of every month. Disabled visitors from the European Union and their companions qualify for free entry to Pompeii throughout the year.

Regular tickets

Keep in mind to choose the morning slot (9 am to 1 pm) or the afternoon slot (1 pm until closure), determining the time to enter the ruins.

Guided  Tour

Guides can help visitors navigate the ruins, highlight the must-see attractions, and share in-depth knowledge and exciting stories.