"Planning your visit to the Ancient City Pompeii gets easier with these practical tips on how to dress, entrance fees, opening times and where to find what!"
As you enter the area of the ancient city Pompeii excavation site, you will be able to get your tickets, maps, info booklets and audio guides here.
However, you can always plan what to see in Pompeii ahead, that's why we have prepared a map of ancient Pompeii for you!
Pompeii entrance fee: €13 per adult
When buying the tickets, you can either wait in line at the site itself or go ahead and get this €17 Pomepii skip-the-line ticket online. It is a definite bestseller as both the printed or mobile vouchers are accepted at the entrance and they are easy to cancel a day ahead with a full refund.
Free of charge: EU citizens under 18 and over 65 years old.
Reductions: EU citizens 18-24, €7.50
Audio guides: €6.50 or two for €10
If you think you might save some money and get an audio-guide instead of paying for a tour guide, you might be disappointed.
People often spend a lot of time trying to coordinate the audio guide with the map and end-up walking around aimlessly. Just like Ephesus in Turkey, Pompeii, being one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy, deserves to be seen with a tour guide.
And at the price of only €12 p.p. you can do it without breaking the bank. You can book your Pompeii guided tour at this popular price right here (it doesn't include the admission!).
When you visit the ancient city Pompeii keep in mind the old Roman cobblestone roads can be very exhausting to walk on. So do wear solid, flat and closed footwear.
If you are disabled, this will not be the site to use a scooter or a manual wheelchair, the roads are just too uneven. You would have to literally lift the wheelchair over the obstacles: large cracks, drainage gutters, curbs, stepping stones...not to mention getting it into house ruins!
Not even strollers would be easier to use and most people will have them folded to be able to walk around.
If you are taking kids with you to Pompeii, make sure you keep and eye on them as they might get hurt standing at the edge of the digs or climbing the walls.
Some parts of Pompeii and Pompeii homes have restricted access and that should be respected.
April to October: open daily from 8:30am - 7:30pm
November to March: open daily from 8:30am - 5:00pm
Closed: 1st January, 1st May, 25th December
To find out more up to date info on the opening times and entrance fees to the ancient city of Pompeii, visit their official website here.
If you are to visit Pompeii ruins independently, try to get there early in the morning before the tour buses arrive.
The site doesn't really have it's own official tour guides so you will find many of them hovering around the entrance offering their services, some of them just claiming to be guides.
The official guides authorised by the Regione Campania have to show their licences upon request.
Keep in mind you will be spending at least 2 hours inside the ancient city of Pompeii excavation site, that's the minimum you need to experience the site and get an idea of what it's all about.