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Enjoy a casual day among ancient ruins and stunning vistas
While most visitors to Italy dream about visiting the Pompeii ruins and the beautiful villages along the Amalfi Coast, many are daunted by their inaccessibility. With one of our experienced driver’s at the helm, you won’t have to worry about coordinating trains and buses, nor the hassle of having to organize tickets to the the country's most famous archaeological site. On our Pompeii day trip from Rome, we'll bring you to the sights safely and comfortably – and get you into the excavations queue-free. We can even book you a table at our favorite restaurant in Positano – so you can just sit back and enjoy the ride!
In many ways, this full-day excursion encapsulates the very essence of Italy; from the world-famous ruins reminding us of the country’s unbelievable history to the incredible vistas on the Amalfi coast – the ultimate testimony of its timeless beauty. Top it all off with a visit to a stunning hillside town – Positano – and you have, what we believe is a perfect day in the Italian countryside. The day trip is a private adventure for you and your loved ones only, meaning there’s plenty of opportunity to customize the itinerary. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything we can do to make your day extra special!
Examine the remains of a civilization that once was at Pompeii
Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, your driver will pick you up from your hotel to start the 3-hour journey towards your first destination – the lost city of Pompeii. For 1500 years, this fabled city lay buried (and forgotten about!) under tons of volcanic ashes and debris – until its rediscovery in 1758. Archeologists have been digging here for more than two centuries, slowly exposing the perfectly preserved settlement below. Like no other sight in the world, Pompeii gives us a comprehensive glimpse into how the ancient Romans (from the penniless slaves to the powerful elite) went about their daily lives – and this is your chance to discover it all.
To suit your preferences – we provide options! You might prefer to explore the excavations on your own or choose to enhance the visit with a 2-hour private tour by a local, licensed tour guide (readily available as an extra service at check out). The choice is yours but in either case, we’re sure you will be fascinated by the remnants left behind by the 20,000 people who once inhabited this terrain. Stroll down the same cobbled streets where the early Pompeiians once walked and peek into the temples, theaters, restaurants and brothels where they spent their days. Naturally, you'll also witness the world-famous plaster casts of the tradgedy's ill-fated victims; haunting reminders of their last terrifying moments.
Limoncello and Sorrento – the best of the Amalfi Coast
Leaving Pompeii behind, we’ll continue south towards the Amalfi Coast. Your first encounter with this spectacular stretch of coastline will be in the beautiful town of Sorrento. Enjoy the vistas while you sample the region’s most much loved specialty – limoncello. This refreshing, sun-colored lemon liquor is a staple for Italians throughout the summer months and you will find the best quality produce in this very region. As the drive along the scenic route continues, we will make several stops along the way so that you can soak up the incredible panorama and snap some great pictures to remember it all by.
Though you’ve probably already swooned over Positano in countless movies and on thousands of postcards, nothing could prepare you for seeing it firsthand. The sight of its pastel colored houses clinging on to the hillside and climbing down towards the glittering sea below leaves no mystery as to why this town has captured the attention of poets, photographers and screen writers throughout the centuries. You‘ll have a couple hours of free time to roam the exclusive shops (hand-made leather sandals make a great souvenir!) and fancy art galleries along the winding allies. A scrumptious seafood meal at one of the local restaurants (at your own expense) before returning to Rome caps off a perfectly Italian day.
What You'll See Along the Way
Disaster hit Pompeii on the morning of August 24th, 79 AD. The streets were just coming to life when the ash from the erupting Mount Vesuvius smothered everything, forever encapsulating the bodies of locals who either cowered or attempted to flee in the midst of the unfolding tragedy. As the ash hardened, it solidified the shape of its victims’ bodies, many of which have since been cast in plaster, frozen in time. You will witness these evocative relics and much more as you explore the well-preserved houses, shops and brothels at Italy’s most fascinating and thought-provoking historical sight.
Pompeii Day Trip Reviews
What Our Customers Say...
We opted for a private day tour from Rome to Pompeii and the Amalfi coast which was well worth the drive and early rise and was made even more comfortable by our friendly and knowledgeable driver. Our excellent guide Andrea chose the best areas to give us an insight into the town, and was passionate about Pompeii's history. We did some other tours in Italy with other tour companies but I can honestly say that I would choose What a Life Tours over the rest.
This is the 2nd time we've used What a Life Tours. We were hosted by Andrea, who guided us in Pompeii and Herculaneum, he was lovely and extremely knowledgeable. I was particularly impressed with how he engaged my two daughters. we loved the trip and would also recommend using him to guide in Naples itself.