No trip to Italy is complete without a visit to Pompeii. This luxury van tour from Rome will show you a city immortalised by a volcanic eruption, followed by lunch and a visit to the crater of Mt. Vesuvius!
Meet your driver at a convenient meeting point in the heart of Rome (details provided following reservation). Make yourself comfortable in the Mercedes as we depart for the miraculously still intact city of Pompeii. It took the full force of an erupting Mt. Vesuvius in October, AD 79 when tens of thousands of Pompeiians died in a sudden hell of fire and hot ash.
On arrival in Pompeii you will meet your expert archaeologist guide and look back in time to when Pompeii was a thriving Roman port through VR visors which accurately reanimate antiquity, enabling you to toggle back and forth between Pompeii past and Pompeii present. Once you have seen virtual Pompeii as it was before Vesuvius exploded, we pack up the visors and tour the ruins on foot.
What you will see now is moments of terror frozen in time, death postures and remains unchanged from almost two millennia ago. Your expert archaeologist guide will walk you down the long and ancient streets, whereabouts perfectly conserved ancient bakeries, shops, stalls, private and communal residences, public baths and brothels remain. You will see plaster casts of the unfortunate Pompeiians who were immortalized on that tragic day.
Next up comes a light Neapolitan lunch of either pizza or panini which will boost your energy levels to the max ahead of your Mt. Vesuvius volcano trek. Your driver will accompany you as far as vehicles are allowed.
At this point you can take the leisurely hike for about 20 minutes, enjoying stunning views of the Bay of Naples from nearly 1,300 meters above sea level. Your reward at the top? A look directly inside the crater of this sleeping giant that brought instant devastation to Pompeii. Lucky for us, today the only signs of life from the crater are a bit of steam and a slight sulphuric odor.
As your afternoon winds down, you'll join your driver once again for the return journey to Rome.