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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time in this place. Every single corner gives you an astonishing view. We, my wife and me, visited this place expecting not much; however, it was a lifetime experience!!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank angelvelascofernande
Reviewed 1 week ago

As the first large space after most people go in the site, this tends to get most clogged up with large groups who then make progress round the space difficult. But it is most impressive nevertheless.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tmacquiban
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Large square with Mount Vesuvius in the background as a poignant reminder of all that happened in this very place 2000 years ago. Very memorable.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank duomo2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We read in a flier that the site of the murder of Julius Caesar was near the Collosium. So after our tour, we walked over to the site which is close. The are many ruins on site. The monument is at the northern area of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank masseyfj5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of my favorite parts of our trip to Pompeii was standing in the Forum and seeing Vesuvius tower over the city. The Forum is a large open space and was the central area of the city, with multiple temples and civic spaces nearby. I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SnowyShasta
Reviewed 17 December 2018

Myself and my wife were travelling all over Italy for our Honeymoon and this was a must see. Was approached by a tour guide when getting off the train, was sceptical at 1st but was so happy we went with them. Amazing tour at an...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank stevecarter82
Reviewed 16 December 2018

The Forum is where most of the artefacts from the excavations are stored and it was amazing to see just how much has been recovered! Access to nearby temples and other buildings is easy from this open space

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DantesDame
Reviewed 28 November 2018

My wife & I have dreamed of going here. We visited in July 2016, not 2018. It was scorching hot, but a beautiful day nonetheless. We took a tour arranged by the kiosk just down the street from the forum. We followed the knowledgeable guide...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank RobbieMCanada
Reviewed 27 November 2018

This is a large area in which the main public areas of Pompeii were. Stunning views of Mount Vesuvius in the distance.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sue M
Reviewed 21 November 2018

Here's the best place to linger and consider what this wide open space must have looked like when it was bustling with city life so long ago. We were there on a beautiful sunny November day, the likes of which those I'll fated people must...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Nickk P
We did a Pompeii group tour today however I left feeling pretty disappointed. The main reason I wanted to see Pompeii was the famous villas and plaster casts. We basically walked around the streets and saw the main areas like the forum, brothel, some restaurants and the basilica etc but none of the really special buildings. Villa of the Mysteries the amphitheater, Casa del Menandro, House of the Vettii etc and we saw 3 plaster casts in some museum? With a whole bunch of clay pots and junk in it, 1 was a baby, 1 an adult and the 3rd a dog. I was expecting many more plaster casts like I've seen in pictures (I even watched some guy on youtube wondering around a year ago who found a large area with many plaster casts yet this wasnt on an actual paid tour? Was it just that the tour was crap or can you not see any of the good stuff anymore?
25 June 2018|
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Response from Carl S | Reviewed this property |
All the really good artifacts are in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, although we saw some really good frescos on our tour. They should have built a museum on site so the tours could combined that with their... More
7 May 2018|
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Response from Bear H | Reviewed this property |
Yes to both your questions. The weather can even be warm in Dec, so dress accordingly. The site is very large and if is your first time I would recommend booking a tour. Much better to see with someone explaining what you... More
10 March 2018|
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Response from Clint T | Reviewed this property |
No you need to book a tour or guide beforehand