Private Tour

Kid Friendly Tour in Pompeii

Art & History
Family
Duration: 3 Hours
Languages: EN, ES, ZH

This kid friendly tour in Pompeii is private, offering the personal attention required to experience one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Italy at your own pace. Learn the storied history behind this open-air museum with an experienced local guide on hand. A living history and experiential family tour that will captivate the minds and the eyes of adults and children.


Perfect for:
  • First Timers
  • Families with Kids
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures

What to Expect

Few ancient sites in the world spark kids’ imagination and release their untapped curiosity like Pompeii, where thousands of years have left a story behind every stone. From the grid-like streets bordered with bars, shops, public baths and launderettes to the plaster casts there is something new and exciting to discover at every turn! On this kid friendly tour in Pompeii your guide will bring to life the day-to-day affairs of this once lavish and thriving city with entertaining and educating stories.

 

Be enchanted and mystified on a 3-hour guided tour into the past like no other. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pompeii is considered one of the most fascinating archeological sites in the world. A haunting yet magical place where time has been captured for eternity. Through interactive, entertaining and educational commentary, your official expert guide will help you to understand how the Romans lived during those fruitful (and ultimately catastrophic) times while exploring the well-preserved fossils and ruins that have been buried beneath volcanic ash for centuries.

 

Uncover the superlative power of Mount Vesuvius while exploring this thriving city destroyed in the violent eruption of A.D. 79. Your professional kid-friendly guide – an archaeologist or classical historian – takes you on an enthralling walk bringing the ruins to life by detailing the significance, myths and storied history surrounding it.

 

With this half-day kid friendly tour in Pompeii you will set off on a journey to explore the mystery and the life of people in the Roman Empire. On August 23rd, 79 AD, Pompeii looked like any other bustling, prosperous ancient city but just three days later, on August 26th, the fiery lava and ash of Mt. Vesuvius made the city fall silent and literally vanish from the face of the earth. Gradually grass and vines covered the land where the town once stood and the local people eventually forgot even the name “Pompeii”.

 

For more than 1600 years, Pompeii remained buried until it was rediscovered in 1748. This discovery struck the imagination of people all across Europe and, suddenly, the classical world was once more fashionable. Now, more than 1900 years after that fateful August morning, we are learning more and more about the last days of Pompeii.

 

This kid friendly tour in Pompeii introduces your family to life in the ancient Roman Empire before the disastrous volcanic eruption. Step out of the classroom, dive into the haunting ruins buried in volcanic ash. Explore newly-opened villas still decorated with frescoes of animals, powerful gods and lush landscapes. Visit the forum, the center of Pompeii’s political and social life and view the startling plaster death casts of the victims of the catastrophic eruption. You will encounter a history lesson like no other today!

 

When Mt. Vesuvius erupted it left a flourishing city in ruin, but it also captured a day in the life of a Pompeian forever fossilized – turning what once was tragic into modern day magic. These ominous ruins, immortalized in pumice and ash, have quite literally allowed history to be frozen in time. Walk through history among baths, villas, markets, just as the Romans did and see everything from mosaics to furniture to frescoes in the Forum. Your guide will bring these relics back to life through rich, entertaining and educating stories keeping the kids fully engaged and parents entertained throughout.

 

Where does the Kid Friendly Tour in Pompeii start? Where does it end?

You will meet your guide directly at the archaeological site of Pompeii – at an easy-to-find point near the Porta Marina main ticket office. Your confirmation email – which you will receive when you book your tour – will have the exact meeting point details. The private walk concludes at the Pompeii Archaeological Park and then you can stay inside as long as you want.


Highlights

  • Pompeii’s Main Street
  • Plaster casts
  • Domus just newly opened to the public
  • Amphitheater
  • Roman Forum
  • Roman baths
  • Roman houses
  • Roman shops

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to Pompeii excavation site

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Food & drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

Near the Pompeii Archaeological Park entrance. Full details provided upon booking.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request any day except Christmas Day New Year’s Day, and Labour Day.
  • Mandatory Covid-19 Rules – Traveler Requirements starting from August 6, 2021 until further notice:
    All participants who are over 6 years old are required to bring and wear a facemask.
    In accordance with government guidelines, during the service all participants must maintain a safety distance of 1 meter from other people.
    All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days before the activity starts, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts.
    All participants who are over 12 years old must bring and present a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver’s license, etc.) matching the vaccination or test results.
    Those who will not present the required documents will not be entitled to any credit or refund. For more information about how the rules may apply to you, read here or consult the Italian embassy in your country.

Good to Know

  • Pompeii is an ongoing excavation site. The itinerary might encounter some changes depending on the archaeologists’ daily duties.
  • There is a lot of walking on unstable ground and we recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes.
  • During summer, expect high temperatures. Thus, we recommend taking a small bottle of water*, sun protection and a hat to protect you from the sun, since there is little shade in the site. *We discourage single-use plastic water bottles on our tours, and suggest you consider bringing your own refillable bottle. There are water fountains throughout the site to fill up the bottles.
  • Take a small bag as bags, backpacks, luggage, and cases with dimensions exceeding 30x30x15cm are not allowed on the sites of Pompeii. Umbrellas or other large bulky items are not allowed either and must be left at the cloakroom at the entrance.
  • Note to parents with young children: Don’t bring a stroller as everything is cobblestone. For young ones, consider a baby carrier.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not suitable for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
    Full payment by credit card is required to make a reservation. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

Why can’t I see a price?

We offer personalized, private travel experiences. The price depends on your party size and preferences.

We’re staying in Rome can we still do the tour?

Yes. If you would to take this kid friendly tour in Pompeii as an excursion from Rome, please mention this in your initial email inquiry and we will get back to you with a custom-designed tour proposal.

Do you have any kids' book recommendations?

Here is a list of recommended books by age: Reading age 4 - 7 years: Ancient Rome and Pompeii and Vacation Under the Volcano. Reading age 8 years and up: What was Pompeii? Pompeii Lost & Found and Dairy of Dorkius Maximus in Pompeii. Teens & Adults: Pompeii (A novel by Robert Harris), The Complete Pompeii and The Fires of Vesuvius.

How do we get from Naples to Pompeii?

From Naples, you can take the local Circumvesuviana train linking Naples, Pompeii, and Sorrento. Circumvesuviana trains to Pompeii depart every 30 minutes from the Napoli Piazza Garibaldi Station. You don't need a ticket in advance since seat reservations aren't possible. Just buy your ticket when you arrive at the train station. The local train ride takes 35 minutes to cover the Naples -Pompeii route. Then get off at the Pompei Scavi – Villa dei Misteri Circumvesuviana station located right near the entrance to the ruins.

Would you like to personalize this tour?

If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.
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