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1 april – 31 october: every day, 8.30-19.30 (last entrance 18.00)

1 november – 31 march: every day, 8.30-17.00 (last entrance 15.30)

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First of all, join Michael Deeley at his meeting point: Porta Marina Superiore – 80045 Pompeii.   Michael would have already VIP pre-booked and would only have to collect the entry tickets. After that, all you have to do is enjoy this world heritage archaeological site with your guide (Michael), who shall take you 2000 years back in time, when Pompeii was an important trade point, before being destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which buried it under 12 ft. of volcanic ashes;  learn about Pompeii’s art, it’s people, it’s commerce, it’s history, it’s vice…
Finishing approx. 1:00 p.m.
DETAILS:  Meeting time at Bar/Bakery “La Dolce Sorrento” …. =  9:00 a.m.
                  Train departure from Sorrento train station …….. =  9:37 a.m. – arrival 10:07 a.m.
                  Entrance archaeological site: ………………. approx.  = 10:20 a.m.
                  Tour ends: ………………………………………………………..  = 12:20 p.m.
                  First train back to Sorrento:………………………………  = 12:47 p.m.
(Trains leave for Sorrento from Pompeii “Villa dei Misteri” Circumvesuviana station every 30 minutes.)
** Don’t forget your camera, comfortable footwear, water, sun protection and hat.  Limited wheelchair and buggy access. *
** Minimum 10 persons groups **
Individual tours 
Pick up with DeLuxe car with private driver from your hotel / meeting point  at 9:30 o’clock
Drive to Pompeii approx, 30 minutes;  entry Archaeological site and visit (approx. 2 hours), with fully licenced tour guide (Michael Deeley)
At end of tour there is the possibility of a light lunch in Pompeii , then drive back to your hotel, or drive straight back to your hotel without the lunch.
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—  If there is anywhere in particular you might want to see which needs booking for,  I might be able to help you in that respect. —
My standard 2 hour long tour entails visits to the Pompeii highlights, such as the Forum, the Public Bathouse, the Lupanare (Brothel), Via dell’Abbondanza, the Fauno’s Villa, the Plaster Casts by the Granaries, the Greek Theatre, Mosaics, shops and other..  Please let me know within abundant time, wether this all sounds as it might appeal to you..
The cost for a standard 2 hour long tour of Pompeii  is 130 euros.  If you want a 3 or 4 hour long tour instead, for each added hour there will be an extra expense of 45 euros.  Pompeii can be reached via the local “Circumvesuviana”  train,  either you might be residing in Sorrento or Naples, or anywhere else along that trait,  there are trains leaving for all destinations every half hour. The site opens at 9 o’clock in the morning and last tickets are at 6 pm. The cost of the entry ticket is 13 euros each, excluded from my tariff.

 

 

Pompeii History
The ancient town of Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which occurred on the 24th of August of the year 79 A. D.,  when holding the power in Rome there was  Emperor Titus, son of Emperor Vespasian. The town, which counted approx. 18.000/20.000  inhabitants was covered in several dozens of ft. of volcanic debris, including lavic material such as pumice, lapillus etc., the excavations through which began in 1763,  by order of the then King of Naples, Charles the Third, of the Bourbon Royal Dinasty: all the archeological endeavour which has been since then perpetrated has brought out into the open approx. 123 acres of inhabited reality, 123 acres which pretty much comprised with the whole of ancient Pompeii’s urban territory. Pompeii was a quite opulent Roman town, conquered by the Roman Republican Army,  who fought against the Samnite population which was then dominating the town, in 80 B.C. the city was an active port to which every day many merchant ships would come to, creating, therefore, a very efficient commercial link in between Pompeii and other seaport mediterranean areas.

more about Pompei History

Founded round about the V Century B.C., Pompeii was at first dominated by the Greeks, to then be ruled for a short time by the Etruscans, then the Greeks again, then the Samnites, who would rule in Pompeii for more than 100 years. Pompeii can therefore be described as one of the first examles of multi-ethnic relatively small communities within the Roman Age, as indeed Romans, Etruscans, Greeks, Samnites, members of the ancient Italic populations who inhabited the Southern areas of the Italian Peninsula before the Greek colonization, would all happily live together under the same roof, giving birth to a much homogeneous, in spite of it’s apparent dishomogeneity, society quite independent, in it’s way of dealing in community matters, from the main Italian towns, something which even led to the creation of it’s own form of language, an idiom which comprised the main elements of all languages spoken by these different people, a cacophonic mixture of vocal variations utterly incomprehensible to anyone who would not be by reason of everyday necessity, forced to come to terms with it; all this, however, being Latin the official language. Even though Pompeii did not play an important role within the main events which are the landmarks of Roman History, the town has been, however, an important field of study for scholars from all over the world in the understanding of the most complex aspects of daily life within the Roman Empire administrations, as well as enough grounds for a deep reflection on the ephemereal aspect of life, when, all of a sudden, that morning of the 24th of August of the year 79 A.D., the beating heart of a much pulsating with life international community, politically and socially linked to the most powerful empire of that time, was suddenly stopped by the devastating fury of Mount Vesuvius.

 

Highlights

 

The “Basilica” is Pompei’s Palace of Justice; there civil cases would be heard on a 4-day a week basis. When there weren’t any cases being heard, inside the Building there would be held a General Market.

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Forum” is Pompei’s main square; apart from being Pompei’s social community main gathering spot, by it there are some of Pompei’s most important buildings: the Law Courts, the Senate’s Offices, the main Food Market, the town’s food deposit, Jupiter’s Temple.

Macellum” was the name given to the main market area by the “Forum”; by it there were sold meat and fish. At the centre of the building, by a twelve-angled space, there was a tub filled with salted water inside which there were live fish. By the estreme end of the large market area there is a Temple dedicated to the cult of the Emperor’s “genius”, a benevolent “genie”, a portrait of which one generally found by street junctions, in the act of protecting all passers-by.

The “House of the Tragic Poet”, called this way because Archaeologists found in it a “fresco”, now eroded by time, in which they seemed to recognize the portrait of the Greek poet Euripides, is a typical standard-sized Pompeii villa, by the main entrance to which is a mosaic of a ferocious molossus, which, with the help of the Latin indication “cave canem” (“beware of the dog”, is ready to scare off any thief with stealing intent.

The House of the Faun” is Pompeii’s largest villa; it is more like a senatorial mansion than any other villa one might find on the site. It is probable that the welcome greeting “H.A.V.E.”, by the villa’s main entrance, was more of a statement and less of a welcome, meaning that the “romanization” process of the area was complete, that the Romans were, indeed, there to “stay”. By the centre of the main “atrium”, a large room situated by the front section of the villa, inside the rain-collecting pool, there is a “replica” of the original statuette of the “Dancing Faun”, a mythical creature associated with the magic world of the woods.

Lupanare” was Pompeii’s main brothel; in it there have been fund several erotic “frescues”, depicting various sexual positions; it has been largely debated wether these “frescoes” were, in effect, nothing else but a very straight-forward visual guideline as for clients visiting to indicate with their finger what was their favourite sexual preference.

Plaster casts” are nothing else but the mouldings of what remained of the Pompeii dead bodies, mouldings which were obtained via the injection of liquid chalk running through lead pipes inserted through the deposito f ash, the solodification of which chalk would then help to re-create the original position of death.

 

 

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