Your LivTours Private Pompeii Tour will start by meeting your private guide – be sure to share your interests and curiosities about the excavation site so that your guide can incorporate those into your tour. You will enjoy priority access to Pompeii, maximizing your time with your guide.
LivTours has carefully chosen a team of guides for your private Pompeii experience, many of whom are archaeologists or part of the first excavation teams. As insiders, they can share with you some of the most amazing anecdotes, discoveries, and stories about Pompeii and its surroundings. Your tour starts with your guide sharing with you what a day in the life of a resident of Pompeii was like before the eruption; giving you an important link to life in ancient Rome.
The ancient Romans were the forerunners of craftsmanship and engineering and you will get to see this firsthand by visiting the Roman baths and the town’s water system; including their sewage system construction, which is still studied today. At Pompeii’s heyday, many European citizens outside of the Roman Empire were still living in basic structures, making the amazing mosaics, murals, centrally heated public baths, and saunas seemingly well ahead of their time.
Stroll through the Pompeii Forum, the heartbeat of this once port trading town while your guide explains where residents lived, worked, and found their entertainment. As an active port town, Pompeii had its share of wealthy merchants who lavishly decorated their homes with frescos, mosaics, and the latest architectural designs. Your guide will make sure you get to see the best of them, as well as the two most popular attractions – the House of Sallust and the House of Julia Felix, perfect examples of Pompeii residential structures.
By the end of your private tour, you will have a clear picture of what the streets looked like on that decisive day 2000 years ago when Mt Vesuvius unexpectedly erupted. Throughout your tour, your archaeological guide will help you understand the chaos that reigned on the streets with people and horses trying to flee along the stone-slabbed roads to no avail. LivTours Private Pompeii Tour gives you a unique look at a true archaeological gem, an extraordinarily preserved peek into ancient history.
UPGRADE YOUR TOUR BY ADDING A WINE TASTING & LUNCH AT A LOCAL VINEYARD
Make your day extra special by adding on a wine tasting and lunch at a family-owned Pompeii winery.
If you want to see a bit more of the area near Pompeii, why not add on a visit to a nearby family-run vineyard set in the Vesuvian hills? Your archaeological guide will leave you with your private chauffeur who will whisk you away to the vineyard. Starting as a winemaking hobby three generations ago, by the family’s grandfather, this vineyard is rooted in tradition and produces exceptional wines that somehow seem to capture the aromas of southern Italy in a glass. The generations that run it today are turning their grandfather’s dreams into reality.
Upon arrival, you will be met by one of the vineyard guides and given a tour explaining the bio-dynamic techniques used in production, as well as some of the ancient Roman techniques that are employed in their current production, such as terracotta amphora containers. Get a glimpse of the wine cellar, the vineyards, and even an excavation site right on the property – this is Pompeii after all!
Wine and food always go together in Italy, after enjoying a wine tasting of three local wines, you will enjoy a light three-course meal. Enjoy the moment and revel in the stories, the landscape, and, of course, the wine of this third-generation vineyard.
Once your tour, wine tasting, and lunch is done, your private chauffeur will take you back to the entrance of the Pompeii excavation site from which you started.