General

Ancient ruins brought to life!

Book this private, child-centered tour for a real adventure! Visit one of Italy’s most fascinating destinations, the ruins of ancient Herculaneum. Walk cobbled streets preserved in a land that time forgot. Visit historic homes and experience life as it was in ancient times. Imagine your children discussing art and architecture like it was play. Our local English-speaking guide makes learning fun with interactive digital activities matched to points of historic and cultural significance. Join us for an exceptional event.

Sightseeing can be overwhelming for children when it involves waiting in boring lines to see places and artifacts they don’t understand. With our tours, your children are the center of activity. With privileged, reserved admission to historic sites, there’s no boredom and fidgeting in long lines. Interactive visual learning tools, pop-up books, iPad games and trivia are tailored to delve into areas that will pique the curiosity of children.

In 79 A.D., the thriving community of Herculaneum was covered in lava and ash from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Uniquely preserved, the excavations offer a rare glimpse into early civilization, its customs, art and architecture. This is a wonderful learning opportunity for the whole family, with interactive activities and explanations that make it exciting for children. See residences, temples, shops and spas preserved on that fateful day, as they once were. Your guide will tell stories of historic interest that your children will find interesting and memorable.

A treasure hunt called the “Herculean Pursuit, will encourage children to explore purposefully. With legends of Hercules, giants and dragons, our customized tours engage children in effortless learning. Each tour is rich in art, culture and history. Your child will enjoy a feast for the senses as he takes in new colors, sights and sounds. Diversity is the spice of life, and your child will gain real world experience that will benefit him in school and in life. When you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll find appealing restaurants near our tour destination for comfortable dining.

Parents must accompany children at all times. The Herculaneum Tour for Kids books quickly, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for information and reservations.

Duration

Usually 2.5 hours, but if you would like an in-depth longer visit we can arrange one customized for you with our local expert

Availability

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Available everyday except Tuesdays, January 1, May 1 and December 25.

Price

Prices depend on the amount of people in your family and on the period. Advance bookings will get better prices. We offer discounts to large parties and kids. Contact us for more info.

Weather restrictions

The tour takes places rain or shine. It is indoor.

Dressing code

Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Age groups

Suitable for everybody.

Specials

You will not be standing in the entrance line and you will have a great guide only for you!

How to reach us

Take the Metro Line 1 and get off at “MUSEO” station. You can check and download the metro map here (Just click on this link).

The Farnese Bull

The Farnese Bull

One of the most famous and precious sculptures of the museum

It is the largest single sculpture ever recovered from antiquity to date. This colossal marble sculptural group represents the myth of Dirce. She was tied to a wild bull by the sons of Antiope, who wanted to punish her for the ill-treatment inflicted on their mother.

Alexander Mosaic

Alexander Mosaic

One of the most copied and renowned Ancient mosaics in history

Dating to II century BC, originally from the House of the Faun in Pompeii. It depicts a battle between the armies of Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia.

The Farnese Atlas

The Farnese Atlas

It is a 2nd-century Roman marble sculpture of Atlas kneeling with the celestial spheres, weighing heavily on his shoulders.

It stands seven feet (2.1 meters) tall, and the globe is 65 cm in diameter. The Farnese Atlas is the oldest surviving pictorial record of Western constellations.


The Bronze Runners

The Runners

Two bronze fine statues of runners ready to start their race in a greek stadium

These beautiful Roman sculptures of I century A.D. imitate older statues of runners made in Greece in IV century b.C.

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Meeting Point

The Archaeological Museum is located in Piazza Museo 19, Napoli. For details about our meeting point contact us by email or use the form.


Reviews and Feedback

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Guest reviews

  • Fiona M.
    London
    United Kindgom
    29/06/2014

    Our tour guide Lello was just outstanding, he was excellent with my children and extremely knowledgeable. Louise organised our pick up and Angelo was punctual and very friendly. Thank you for a memorable tour.

  • Galima and Oner Tuyluoglu
    Istanbul
    Turckey
    July 2014

    I wanted to visit Pompeii ever since I was a child and we were very lucky to come across Tours of Pompeii. Our guide Filomena was very nice, friendly and very knowledgeable. We were slightly late for the tour but she met us with a smile on her face and was very helpful with the tickets. I would strongly recommend hiring a guide to visit Pompeii otherwise touring it on your own can be quite confusing since there is very little signage. I just wish our overall impression of Italy was as positive as our trip to Pompeii and Mena was the nicest and friendliest person we had met in Italy. The staff at PTOP was very professional and reliable. Overall, it was a great experience and I wish we also had toured Herculaneum and surrounding area with Mena. Thank you Tours of Pompeii and keep up the good work.

  • Dorothy M.
    Toronto
    Canada
    12/08/2014

    Our family of four, took the guided tour with Margherita on August 1rst. While the site of Pompeii is impressive on its own, we all felt that having a Margherita guide us through the site added immeasurably to the experience. She is extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of ancient Rome and the Pompeii catastrophe and conveyed information about the ruins and life of Pompeii in a way that was stimulating and accessible for both us and our teenage boys. Margherita responded thoughtfully to our questions and did a great job of pacing the tour. Simply a great way to see the site. Made us wish we had someone like Margherita along with us at other ruins we visited in Italy. Highly recommended.

  • Debbie whitworth
    England
    UK
    10/08/2014

    I highly recommend anyone visiting pompeii to take a private tour with Lello...so please do not waste your time in looking any further. From the moment I made my first enquiry by email asking questions ...dates, times, cost involved etc I can honestly say how delighted I was with the excellent communication I received. I took my two sons to Italy and having visited Pompeii myself before wished my sons to have the experience of this truly wonderful amazing place. We were met off the train by Lello our guide for the tour and he was just amazing! You could not wish for a better guide to show you around the site. He was kind, polite, extremely helpful and caring of our needs and took us around the site following our pace.... his tour was "fantastico" ...his knowledge was second to none! My boys loved the tour ..we could not fault a thing from start to finish...thank you so much for a truly amazing experience and making our day in pompeii such a memorable one. So for all of you out there who are searching for a guided tour...look no further.

  • Anthony T.
    Chicago
    Illinois
    12/08/2014

    Pompeii was one of the stops on our week long European trip with our teenage kids. Though we visited many sites and took quite a few tours from several different tour companies, this one was by far the best. Lello was the reason. He was very knowledgeable, entertaining, tailored the tour to our kids, and made this tour the highlight of our trip. Planning the tour was very easy. We booked via email and took a train from Rome. Louise coordinated everything, was very responsive and helpful. Great overall experience!



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Lunch in a farm on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius

At the farm on Mount Vesuvius

Our guide will take you up to the slopes of Mount Vesuvius to see the vineyards and try the local wine and food

The farm is located in a magnificent area overlooking the bay of Naples.
Away from the tourist traps the farm owner serves you authentic local products.