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Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting Pompeii

Planning a trip to Pompeii any time soon? Well, you’re lucky because we’ve compiled many travel tips in this visitor’s guide, which will definitely be useful for you. All you need to do is carefully read them and find out when is the best time to visit Pompeii, see the attraction’s working hours, and discover what you should bring with you on your journey.

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When can you visit Pompeii – Working Hours

Pompeii welcomes visitors throughout the entire year, with just a few exceptions: it remains closed on January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th. During the rest of the year, you can visit Pompeii whenever you want. Although, keep in mind that its opening hours vary with the changing seasons. It’s important to note that the last admission is permitted one hour and a half hour before the closing time.


April 1st – October 31st – From 9 AM to 7 PM

Last entry: 5.30 PM

November 1st – March 31st: From 9 AM to 5 PM

Last entry: 3.30 PM

Closed on: December 25th, May 1st, and January 1st

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Best time to visit Pompeii

As you already know, the ancient Roman city of Pompeii is a very popular archeological site, and it is visited by thousands of visitors every year.

To make your visit as enjoyable as possible, we highly recommend visiting Pompeii during the off-season, from November to March, as the summer months tend to be bustling with visitors.

Weekday vs Weekend

Weekends in Pompeii can get quite crowded. So, we highly recommend visiting Pompeii during weekdays if possible. This will allow you to explore Pompeii more peacefully.

On the Day

If you are an early riser, it’s a good idea to go to Pompeii right when the gates open in the morning. Visiting Pompeii during afternoon hours is also an ideal option if you would like to avoid crowds.

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FAQ – Visit Pompeii

Can I visit Pompeii on my own?

Yes, you can visit the city of Pompeii on your own. Although, if you would like to get a better understanding of the city's history and learn all about the lives of former inhabitants, we highly recommend you book a guided tour of Pompeii.

Can I enter Pompeii for free?

Unfortunately, no. You will need to buy a ticket to actually enter Pompeii. But, you don't have to worry because we have already found the best-value Pompeii tickets online. All you have to do is check them and book an option that interests you the most.

What is the best way to visit Pompeii?

The best time to visit Pompeii is during the weekdays because it gets quite crowded during the weekends. Also, we highly recommend starting your exploration early in the morning if possible because Pompeii is the largest archeological site, and there is a lot to see there.

How much time do I need in Pompeii?

Ideally, it would be best to dedicate an entire day in Pompeii to thoroughly explore all the main sites of the city, including the Forum, Amphitheatre, Large Theatre, Villa of the Mysteries, and many others. However, if you don't have that much time on your plate, we suggest spending 2 to 3 hours in Pompeii. That should be enough to see the main highlights of this well-preserved ancient Roman city.

Should I buy Pompeii tickets in advance?

Absolutely! Buying your Pompeii tickets ahead of time online is the smartest move you can make. By doing so, you'll reserve your spot, bypass the long queues at the ticket office, and gain instant access to the site. Don't miss an opportunity to learn all about the tragic event that happened to the inhabitants of Pompeii in 79 AD by listening to an audio guide.

Is Pompeii town worth visiting?

Pompeii is a must-visit attraction that no one should miss. This massive archeological site offers the best glimpse into the daily life of ancient Romans. If you truly want to learn all about the tragic history that happened here and visit Mount Vesuvius, we highly recommend booking a guided tour or a day trip, which is available from several Italian cities, including Rome, Positano, Naples, and Amalfi Coast.
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What can you visit in Pompeii?

The Amphitheater

The Amphitheater in Pompeii, known as the oldest of its kind in Ancient Rome, stands as a prominent attraction in the region. It was constructed in 70 B.C. through the efforts of magistrates Caius Quinctius Valgus and Marcus Porcius, and it had the capacity to accommodate up to 20,000 spectators. Unlike the Romans, the Ancient Greeks carved their theaters into the side of a hill or mountain, creating semi-circular structures. The Romans, known for their pragmatism, discovered that by placing two of these theaters together, they could achieve a 360-degree view, as they did with the Amphitheatre of Pompeii.

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The Forum of Pompeii

Just like the Roman Forum in Rome, the Forum of Pompeii was used as the center of activity in the town. The Forum is by far the most popular attraction in Pompeii, and while walking across it, you can find the city’s major Temples, including the Temples of Apollo, Venus, and Jupiter. You will also find the Forum Baths there.

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Pompeii’s Forum Baths

The common misconception that all people have is that all ancient people were dirty and rarely bathed. In many cases, this is true. However, the ancient Romans are an exception. It might surprise you, but Romans bathed every day. Although only the rich people could afford private baths, the public baths in Pompeii’s Forum were for people of all social classes. The area was separated into men’s and women’s sections.

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The Preserved Plaster Casts

When you visit the ancient city of Pompeii, you won’t just see its ruins. You will also have an opportunity to explore remarkable exhibits showing how people were ‘frozen’ in time by the ash. They are in the same positions as they were on that tragic day. You will be able to see pregnant women, kids, and even dogs. These figures were made during the excavations in the ruins.

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The Large Theater

Pompeii had more places for entertainment than just the Amphitheater. There was also a large theater that could fit around 5,000 people, and performances hosted here were usually Greek tragedies. This theater was built on a hill and looked like a half-circle.

Pompeii DOs & DON’Ts

Do wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes.

Please keep in mind that Pompeii is exposed to the sun and offers very few areas with shade, so it would be best to bring high-SPF sunscreen and a bottle of water. Also, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes since there will be a lot of walking.

Don’t forget about Herculaneum.

When hearing the name ‘Mount Vesuvius,’ most people instinctively associate it with Pompeii. However, several other Ancient Roman towns and settlements suffered devastation during the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. One of these towns was Herculaneum, Pompeii’s smaller yet wealthier rival that is definitely worth your visit.

Do know when to go.

The archeological site of Pompeii is open every day during the year except on December 25th, January 1st, and May 1st. During the summer, the site is open from 9 AM to 7.30 PM, with the last entry at 6 PM. During the other half of the year, the site opens from 9 AM to 5.30 PM.

Don’t forget that Pompeii is still an active archeological site.

Despite being visited by thousands of tourists annually, excavations in Pompeii and its surrounding area continue to be active, continually revealing new discoveries that offer deeper insights into the life of Romans. For example, an inscription was recently found which researchers believe could indicate the total population of Pompeii. (They presently estimate that the city, at one point, had a total of 30,000 residents).

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Did you know that it took 150 years for the city of Pompeii to be discovered again?

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