What time does Pompeii close?

Pompeii is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in Italy. Once a thriving city that was renowned for its fashion and indulgences, this ancient city meet its demise in 79 A.D. Engulfing it in scorching heat, pyroclastic flows, and volcanic ash, covering Pompeii and killing all life within. Nowadays, it is the largest ongoing archaeologist site in the entire world, welcoming millions of visitors every year.

Where is Pompeii?

Where is Pompeii

Located near the coast of Italy, Pompeii is found in the modern-day region of Campania. Around about 250 kilometres from Rome, and only 23 kilometres from Naples, the city is easily assessable from popular base points. Taking only a couple hours by car to reach, making the majority of visitors only day trippers. As it is still next door to the looming Mount Vesuvius, many combine their trip to Pompeii in one full day with the famous volcano.

Opening Times

The times change depending on the season, with November to March open daily from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm with the last entrance at 3:00pm. This changes to 8:30am to 7:30pm from April to October, with the last entrance at 6:00pm. Pompeii is also open every single day excluding 25th December, the 1st January, as well as the 1st May.

Peak Times

On most days, the majority of the visitors are coming from the large cities of Rome or Naples, making the 2 to 3-hour journey from early hours of the morning. Therefore, the lines and crowds don’t start appearing until later in the morning at around 10 to 11:00am. As it usually only takes visitors a couple of more hours to see all that Pompeii has to offer, the majority of these crowds start trickling out the entrance by 1:00pm. If you’d rather avoid the larger crowds going either bright early in the morning, or later in the afternoon.

Top Attractions not to miss


Amphitheatre in Pompeii

This magnificent amphitheatre is well worth the visit, an unforgettable sight that once was a massive structure able to hold a whopping 20, 000 people. Home to past games such as animal fighting, executions, and the renowned gladiators.


For a tantalising discovering, peek inside the ancient brothels and homes of Pompeii to see their unusual decoration. The Romans were known for being very open with their sexuality and enjoyed expressing this in their art. Painting Frescos in their private homes and public shops of intimate acts between two or more figures. For private homes, they used these frescos to open rooms up and transform their duller rooms. Most of the time, they depicted their Roman Gods and Goddesses in mythological acts of passion. For brothels, these artworks were said to more of a menu for what services were on offer.

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