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Private Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

  • Group Size:
    Group Size: Private
  • Language:
    Language: English
  • Duration:
    Duration: 12 hrs
  • Start:
    Start: 7:30 AM
  • Price:
    Price: From 1100 €
  • Cancelation:
    Including: Pompeii tickets

Tour Overview

See the world’s most iconic ancient ruins and marvelous Mediterranean scenery as you discover the essence of Italy on this private day trip to Pompeii and Positano from Rome. Explore incredible archeological sites, revel in the beauty of the Amalfi Coast, see its most captivating village, and taste authentic limoncello all with local insight from a top-rated private guide.

Tour Highlights

  • Pompeii Ruins
  • Amalfi Coast Drive
  • Photo stops along the Amalfi Coast
  • Positano

What's included

  • Expert English-speaking driver guide
  • Private customizable tour
  • All tickets and reservations
  • Private luxury vehicle

What you’ll See Along the Way

Pompeii Ruins

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.

Amalfi Coast Drive

The Amalfi Coast is often called the world's most beautiful coastline – and it’s easy to understand why. The stunning vistas of mountain peaks high above the road, the quaint villages climbing the terraces on the green hillsides and the ever-blue Mediterranean Sea glistening below is enough to make anyone fall in love at first sight. For centuries, the dramatic scenery has inspired and enticed some of history’s most influential artist, including Caravaggio, Picasso and Warhol. You'll experience the Amalfi magic firsthand on a scenic drive along the coast, with plenty of photo stops along the way.


In 1951, author John Steinbeck wrote in Harper’s Bazaar: “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone”. The article would make the pastel-hued town go from poor fishing village to the major “it” destination for jetsetters from all over the world in a matter of months. While tourism remains the main source of income in Positano to this day, the town has managed to retain the authentic atmosphere. It's a picturesque maze of streets, stairs, alleys, small squares and lovely restaurants – a little slice of heaven for the Italophile.

Tour Summary Get in the Know

See Pompeii Ancient Ruins & Stunning Vistas

While most visitors to Italy dream about visiting Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, many are daunted by the logistics and time involved. With an experienced private chauffeur at the helm, you won’t have to worry about any of it or the hassle of getting tickets to the country’s most famous archaeological site. On this private Pompeii day trip from Rome, we’ll take you there safely and comfortably – and get you to skip the line entry to the excavations. We can even book you a table at our favorite restaurant in Positano – so you can just sit back and enjoy the day.

Our private full-day excursion bundles up the quintessence of Italy, from legendary ruins that remind us of the country’s unbelievable history to the incredible vistas on the Amalfi coast. Top it all off with a visit to the stunning hillside town of Positano and you have the perfect day with the best examples of Italy’s natural and cultural patrimony. This day trip is a private adventure for you and your party 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!

Explore the Ruins of Pompeii the Lost City

Your private driver guide will pick you up from your hotel to start the 3-hour drive to your first destination the lost city of Pompeii. For over 1,500 years, this fabled city lay buried and forgotten under 30 feet of volcanic ash and debris until it was rediscovered in the late 16th century by Italian architect Domenico Fontana. Archeologists have been digging here for two and a half centuries, exposing the near-perfectly preserved settlement below. Pompeii provides a detailed photograph of how ancient Romans went about their daily routines, as well as how their lives ended.

You can explore the excavations on your own or enhance your visit with a 2-hour private tour led by a Pompeii expert, just check the box at checkout. In either case, we’re sure you will be fascinated by the artifacts left behind by the 20,000 people who once inhabited this port city. Stroll down the same stone streets where ancient Pompeiians once walked and peek into the temples, theaters, restaurants, and homes where they spent their days. Naturally, you’ll also see the plaster casts of the tragedy’s ill-fated victims.

Positano & the Amalfi Coast

After Pompeii, we’ll continue south towards the Amalfi Coast. Your first encounter with this spectacular stretch of coastline will be a view over the beautiful bay of Sorrento. Enjoy the vistas while you sample the region’s specialty – limoncello. This refreshing, sun-colored lemon liqueur is a staple for Italians throughout the summer months and you will find the best quality products here. As your drive along the scenic route continues, we will make several stops along the way so that you can soak up the incredible panoramas and snap some great pictures to remember it all.

Though you’ve probably already swooned over Positano in countless movies and on postcards, nothing could prepare you for seeing it for real. The sight of its pastel-colored houses clinging onto 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 screenwriters throughout the centuries. You‘ll have a couple of hours of free time to roam the exclusive shops and local art galleries along the winding allies. You can also enjoy a divine seafood lunch at one of the local restaurants (not included) before we return to Rome.

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Private Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

What our Customers say...

Fantastic city enhanced by the guide

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.”

Well Worth It

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.”

Private tour -Pompeii and Amalfi coast.

Excellent! From our 7am pick up at our vacation rental to our drop off at 7pm. Our guide Luca was fantastic, very knowledgable on a variety of subjects, also very friendly, chatty and polite. Our guide at Pompeii, Francesca was also great. She was able to take us around the site with ease, mostly able to avoid the crowds. She was friendly, informative and patient. Great job. One for the memory books!”

Fabulous vacation!

So amazing and informative! There is no comparison to having a knowledgeable guide showing the sites and explaining the history. Valentino drove us to Pompeii/Amalfi Coast with Giusy as our Pompeii guide. Everyone enriched us with their knowledge and details that one would never know touring alone. I am a travel agent with Dream Vacations and will definitely recommend your company to my future clients.”

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