tickitaly.com - sightseeing, not queueing.

Some history of Pompeii:

The ruins of Pompeii lie about 5 miles from Mount Vesuvius and roughly 17 miles from Naples in the region of Campania, inland and close to the modern town of Pompei (written with a single "i"). At the time of the eruption of Vesuvius the town would have been a lot closer to the coast and is estimated to have covered more than 160 acres.

The eruption of the Vesuvius volcano buried Pompeii under metres of ash and pumice, a blanketing so comprehensive that the site was effectively lost for 1700 years; it was not the ash that killed the townsfolk however, it was the heat, with hot surges reaching 250 degrees centigrade bringing instant death, even to those hiding indoors.

What is so remarkable about the ruins of Pompeii is the incredibly complete, fresh, vivid and intimate insight they give us into the daily life of a Roman city at the height of the Roman Empire. The eruption lasted for more than 24 hours and, at least to begin with, allowed an escape for those that decided to flee unburdened. Those that stayed are frozen [sic] in time and place, huddling inside, clutching their loved ones or their wealth, curled up and hiding, to no avail.
There are amazingly well preserved homes, villas, markets, a forum, baths. Frescoes shine a light on the goings-on of everyday life, and preserved everywhere are mundane details of how the estimated 20,000 inhabitants lived almost 2000 years ago.

Just how many survived is not known, but even by Roman standards, the eruption of Vesuvius was a catastrophe. Well used to rebuilding cities in the wake of earthquakes, the Romans simply didn't bother with Pompeii (ditto nearby Herculaneum), so great was the devastation. What they did do was plunder the ruins - excavations have uncovered numerous tunnels beneath the carapace of dust and pumice, burrowing from villa to villa, smashing through walls to loot the treasures within, greatly reducing the number of objects that would otherwise have been discovered.
Pompeii was a wealthy town, rich on agriculture from the fertile lands around, packed with holiday villas of wealthy Romans, a key port and vacation destination, well known to Greek and Phoenician sailors, fought for and conquered by numerous peoples across the centuries.

It was in 1738 that nearby Herculaneum was properly rediscovered (by accident, during building works), and in 1748 that Pompeii saw the light again, intentionally excavated by a Spanish military engineer. In the 1860's began the technique of filling the hollows, the imprints of entombed and subsequently decomposed corpses with plaster, creating perfect images of some of the dead. These haunting casts are on show both at Pompeii and at the Archaeological Museum in Naples.

Notwithstanding the fact that excavations have largely halted and that the areas open to visitors are fewer than they were 50 years ago, it is still possible to range far and wide, easily filling a day immersing yourself in the Roman Empire at the height of its glories. You may wish to read a bit more here: Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Pompeii and Vesuvius area ticket booking


Why Tickitaly?

Based in Italy for 15+ years. Local knowledge, local contacts. We're here to help.
Transparency. All tickets are full-entrance with no extras to pay!
Availability - we'll often get you in when availability elsewhere is exhausted.
Trust - we've been working with suppliers and guides for ever! Over 10,000 reviews with an average of almost 5 out of 5!


We use industry standard Stripe for all-secure payments.

You'll be charged nothing until we have confirmed your tickets and tours.

All prices are displayed in full - there are no additional charges 'on-site' and you will be arriving with the confidence of carrying fully-paid tickets.

Coronavirus in Italy


Please note that in order to use your tickets you MUST be able to provide one of the following:

  • - Covid19 Green Pass certification (in digital or paper format) able to attest - together with a valid identity document - that they have received at least one dose of one of the vaccines authorized by the EMA or AIFA (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna)
  • Exemptions: COVID-19 Green Certification is not required for children excluded by age from the vaccination campaign (under 12 years of age) and those exempt on the basis of appropriate medical certification.
  • - Visitors from Israel, Canada, Japan and the United States - Vaccination certificates issued by the health authorities of these countries (complying with EU Recommendation no. 2021/912 of 20 May 2021) will also be accepted, but must include the identifying data of the person and data regarding the type of vaccine and date(s) of administration. Please note that certificates will be accepted if they are in Italian, English, French or Spanish. If the certificate is not issued in bilingual form and not in one of the four languages indicated in the Order of the Minister of Health of 18 June 2021, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

This documentation must be presented at the entrance when the body temperature is checked.

Security queues to check the Green Pass requirements may be a bit long so do allow plenty of time to ensure you do not miss your entrance slot. Have your Green Pass and ID ready for viewing. Whilst they may seem long, queues do move fast so please be patient. Thank you for your cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a Green Pass and a valid identity document, you will not be able to access and your ticket will not be refunded. For further information www.dgc.gov.it

Due to Coronavirus many venues and events are applying strict entry conditions. These will vary by venue but common examples are:

  • You must wear a compliant CE mask (Ordinanza RT n.48) which covers both mouth and nose.
  • Disposable single-use gloves must be worn at all times.
  • Hands (or gloves) must be cleaned with a disinfectant gel on entry.
  • Your temperature (which will be measured on entry) must not be above 37.5°C.
  • Visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.8m at all times.
  • There may be a maximum visitor limit in place - in some cases this may lead to delays

Any conditions may be changed without notice as Italian regulations are updated.

If you are denied entrance because of failure to meet entry conditions, no refunds will be available.