Rosana was an amazing tour guide! She was very warm and personable. She even memorized all of our names in our small group so she could address us directly. We didn't have to wait in line at all. You can tell she loves Pompeii and gives her all to these tours. She was incredibly knowledgeable and we felt like she took us back in time to really imagine what life was like living in Pompeii. Definitely ask for Rosana. Highly recommend!
If you're in any doubt as to the best way to see Pompeii, stop looking and book this tour!
There were only 6 in the group and our guide, Barbara, was absolutely superb. She met us at the coffee shop as promised and guided us past the long queues for tickets and to get in. The Pompeii site is very large and you'd need several days to see it all. As the tour is 2.5hrs, Barbara suggested what we should see on a large map and we went with her recommendations.
We weren't disappointed! As well as showing showing us the 'best bits' of Pompeii, Barbara really gave us an insight into how the city worked, how the people lived and an understanding of what day to day life would've been like.
We booked the 9am tour, so when Barbara left us at 11.30, I would've liked to spend more time exploring, but we'd planned to go up to the top of Vesuvius in the afternoon. I'd recommend you plan to spend more time exploring Pompeii on your own, once the tour is finished.
Overall, I'd highly recommend this tour.
This was my most expensive 'sight seeing' cost during my two weeks in Italy ... but it was SO worth it probably the best money I spent. Rosanna was amazing - friendly there were a lot of hello's back and forth with staff/other guides on site as we walked round, informative and despite it being busy inevitable she managed to get us around to the best spots without hitting upon any of the other groups - it's almost like we did a 'reverse' route.
All in all superb, would definitely recommend and wouldn't hesitate in taking a tour with Rosanna again! :
Our tour guide Roseanna was fantastic. I had been to Pompeii many years ago and took my wife and another couple to this tour. We chose the skip the line tour for our party of four so we could have a personal experience. Everything we thought we knew about Pompeii was not exactly correct and Roseanna gave us a new understanding of this amazing place. She was extremely knowledgeable as she told us she had been a tour guide at Pompeii for 30 years!. Her communications skills were outstanding with facts and a little humor thrown in as she guided us along to explain what life was like in Pompeii. I highly recommend Roseanna and would recommend her to friends and family that want an amazing Pompeii experience.
This was a wonderful introdction to Pompeii. We loved our guide Lello's energy and directness and his deep knowledge and obvious love of his subject. He engaged the younger people on the tour as well as the older folks. He was able to make us see what took place on that day in 79 AD as well as the considerable work that went into digging it all out and revealing its mystery to the world. Lello would be an excellent teacher in the classroom, I bet. But I also imagine he prefers being outdoors! I highly recommend this tour.
Loretta was SUPER great. My Dad and I were hours late (GPS set to avoid toll roads, took over 5 hours from Frascati). She was kind enough to wait for us and then gave us a private, distilled version. I learned so much in 1 hour! Beautiful place and fantastic guide. Thank you so much Loretta!
Superb, highly recommended. Hard to see how this guided tour could have been improved except for being longer. The guide was very knowledgeable, interesting and able to provide plenty of interesting facts that we couldn't have got ourselves. All was delivered with a good sense of humour and in excellent English. We don't often use a guide at these sites, preferring a guide book or the audio guide but at Pompeii I'd say it was essential to get the most from your visit. For what we received this was great value, highly recommended.