Is Pompeii fully excavated?

Pompeii is a city that was frozen in time after the Mount Vesuvius eruption.

Pompeii was a large Roman city before it was destroyed and covered in volcanic ash in 79 AD.

But has it been fully excavated? Pompeii actually hasn’t been fully explored and there is around one-third that is still left!

Why hasn’t Pompeii been fully excavated?

Archaeologists take their time and must dig carefully in these sites. It’s best to allow future archaeologists to dig in new areas as they have fresh ideas and new questions. They may even discover and find more information about the city.

But what’s been excavated so far has taught us so much more about Pompeii and the people who lived in the city during the time of the eruption.

How to get to Pompeii

Most major cities near Pompeii will have easy transport to visit the site. Naples and Sorrento are the closest major cities, and you can get there by car or train.

You can also come to Pompeii from Rome, though the trip is about two hours, it’s worth it for a day trip.

How long do I need at Pompeii?

Some people find a few days is helpful to see all of Pompeii, but not everyone has time to explore it all. Most people will often spend around three to five hours to. But even if you only have two hours to spare, it’s worth to see some of the main attractions and highlights.

What can I see?

With two-thirds of Pompeii excavated, there is a lot to see that is open for the public to still see.

Amphitheatre of Pompeii

Pompeii’s amphitheatre is one of the oldest Roman amphitheatres! It would hold all kinds of events from animal hunting to gladiator fights and chariot racing. Whenever there was an event, the amphitheatre would hold around 20,000 people.


The frescos are fascinating to see on the walls of homes and shops. The best places to see them include the Brothels of Pompeii, the Villa of Mysteries, and the Swan.

An interesting fresco is also in the Villa dei Misteri and is very well-preserved and clear. The villa is known for one of the rooms has a series of frescos!


The Basilica was in Pompeii’s Forum and is one of the biggest buildings in Pompeii. This Basilica was also used for the administration of justice.

Over the years, Pompeii will slowly be more excavated with more discoveries coming out. In the meantime, come check out the city that’s frozen in time on a guided two-hour walking tour of Pompeii.

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