Experience a fascinating look at the ancient ruins of Pompei, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be amazed by the remains of a lost city buried deep beneath the ash when Mt. Vesuvius violently erupted in 79 AD and by the beautiful architecture and frescos that have been brought to life again. Explore the grounds on this guided tour of the excavated city. Our guide will point out the remarkably preserved remains that hint at daily Roman life. Known as a vacation community for high society, Pompeii had a forum, amphitheater, gymnasium, shops and an aqueduct that delivered water for irrigation, fountains and private baths. Some of the ruins are remarkably preserved with elaborately detailed mosaics and colorful frescoes decorating the interiors of wealthy homeowners villas. The dining room was the most highly decorated room of the house. As the guests walk the dining rooms they can imagine guests reclining on large couches covered with pillows while servants brought platter after platter of food. More elaborate houses could have several courtyards with fish ponds or
baths. Pompei had a lively commercial life. Most of the shops and storefronts along the Via dell’Abbondanza were open to the street, sometimes with serving windows or counters holding bins or built-in storage jars, and their business owners had living quarters behind or above their stores. While walking around the ruins, the guests will need to watch their step as many roads in Pompeii are lined with sidewalks a foot or more above the street level. The eruption of Vesuvius was a monumental natural disaster that killed thousands and entombed the city, yet preserved a moment in time more than 2,000 years ago.
Please be kindly advised to let the guests wear comfortable shoes as some walking on uneven street is involved.