Does Pompeii have an entrance fee?

Now an archaeological site, Pompeii was once a thriving city before the nearby volcano erupted, destroying the city.

In 79 A.D. the Mount Vesuvius volcano erupted. Leaving behind ruins of some buildings and homes. There are also the citizens of Pompeii’s remains etched into the ruins of the city. So you want to explore the city that shows a brief snapshot of how the Romans once lived.

Yes, Pompeii does have an entrance fee. Their tickets are valid for one day and it includes an entrance to Villa Regina.

Ticket prices

Currently tickets per adult are €16. But from January 2023 tickets will be €18. Reduced tickets will stay at €,2. You can buy a reduced ticket if you’re an EU citizen and are between 18 – 25 years old. The ticket will give you entry into Pompeii and entry into Villa Regina. Keep in mind you can access a free ticket on the first Sunday of the month. Get in quick though. Tickets sell out fast!


You can also do a tour to see Pompeii as there are so many to pick from. There is a simple two hour guided walking tour. You can start in Sorrento or Naples and explore the cities. Then you can go to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. Or if you’re staying in Rome you can start from there before making your way to Pompeii. There is also a two day tour where you explore Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri.

Where to stay in Pompeii?

You can’t stay overnight in Pompeii but there are plenty of major cities nearby. The cities have easy transport or tours which can take you to Pompeii.
Herculaneum is the closest city. It is about a 20 minute drive from Pompeii.
Sorrento is one of the most popular cities travellers stay in when visiting Pompeii for a day trip.
Naples is about 35 minutes away, being the furthest and most popular base point from Pompeii.
Rome is further away, but you can still get to Pompeii either by train, car, or during a tour.

What to see in Pompeii?

There is so much to explore when in Pompeii. You can keep your visit short and see the main attractions. Or you can do a guided tour to learn and see more about Pompeii.
Pompeii’s Amphitheatre was built in 70 B.C. It held battles, animal fighting, and circus shows. The Amphitheatre could hold about 20,000 people for these events.
Fresco is a type of painting. Some of the homes and shops are where you can find the paintings. Several of these frescos you’ll find in the Villa of Mysteries, Leda, the Swan, and the Brothels of Pompeii.

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