Pompeii Private Tour: Daily Life in the Buried City

Find out what life was like in ancient Pompeii on our exclusive private tour

Starts from 445 €

(17 Reviews)

Pompeii Private Tour: Daily Life in the Buried City

duration 2.5 hours

Tour Overview

There’s nowhere on earth quite like Pompeii. The best preserved ancient city in the world, its intricate patchwork of streets and houses, baths, bakeries and temples offers a unique and eerie insight into the daily life of antiquity. In the looming shadow of Mount Vesuvius, relive the dramatic events of August 24th, 79 AD when an apocalyptic cloud of molten lava and red-hot ash buried the city in an instant – stopping time and paradoxically preserving it forever. Today Pompeii offers an unparalleled window into daily life in the ancient world. Wander through temples and villas, bars and restaurants, theatres and amphitheatres, and see the plaster casts that record the town’s doomed citizens as they breathed their last – a touching reminder of the human scale of the ancient tragedy. Discover the secrets of the city buried by time with Through Eternity today!

Tour includes:

  • Expert English-speaking private guide
  • Skip-the-line tickets at Pompeii
  • In-depth exploration of Pompeii's highlights and hidden gems
  • The Plaster Casts of Pompeii's doomed residents


  • The Forum
  • The Amphitheater
  • The House of the Faun
  • The House of the Vettii
  • The Thermal Baths

Hidden Gems:

  • The Lupanar (ancient Pompeii's notorious brothel)
  • The Temple of Apollo
  • Thermopolia (ancient snack bars)

Tour Description

A private tour to discover the culture and daily life of Pompeii

It’s late morning on August 24th in the year 79 AD. A dense black cloud rises from Mount Vesuvius, taking the form of an enormous pine tree. It grows larger by the minute and within a few hours it completely covers the sky. Burning rocks rain down on Pompeii. The earth trembles and night falls on Pompeii and its surroundings. The most disastrous phase of the eruption will occur a short time later, at sunrise on August 25th; the personal guide of your Pompeii private tour will vividly describe these dramatic events. The sea withdraws and explosions of molten ash and steam burst from the mountain, advancing at hurricane speed, burying trees, people, and everything in its path. The people of Pompeii try to flee the city, protecting themselves from the falling rocks with pillows and blankets.

Pompeii is buried in an instant, stopping time and freezing the lives of ancient Pompeii forever. On your walking tour of Pompeii you will discover hundreds of statues of gods, oil lamps, necklaces, gladiator helmets, aqueduct and drainage pipes, beds and even engravings over the door of the grocers’ shops petrified forever. Most moving of all is the lovers’ last kiss, destined to last forever.

We have first-hand accounts of the events from two extraordinary and touching letters by Pliny the Younger, which were found not far from Pompeii. These letters will be discussed by your personal guide during your Pompeii tour. Pliny was a historian of the time and found himself in the region in the days of the volcanic eruption. His letters narrate what he saw and heard from the few survivors who fled Pompeii.

On your private tour of Pompeii we will try to bring the city back to life for you

Your personal guide will describe the culture of the time, as well as the habits of the family, marriage, the role of slaves, the government of the city and the economy, exploring the places used by Pompeians in their daily lives.

As you explore the famous temples, the secrets of Roman religion will be revealed. In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of the Roman gods and the role they played in the daily lives of the Ancient Romans, you’ll also learn about cults, superstitions and funerary rites. The ruins of the temples are impressive in themselves, but the explanations of your personal guide will enrich the experience. Other aspects of daily life in Pompeii will be explored on your private tour, as you visit the bars, brothels and bathhouses of the city.

When you explore some of the most opulent private residences in Pompeii, you’ll discover that many of the city’s wealthiest inhabitants were art-lovers, who wanted the walls of their houses decorated with impressive fresco paintings. The private tour of Pompeii of these evocative ruins will offer you a fascinating glimpse of the lives and artistic tastes of their owners.

We will also see the Forum and Basilica of Pompeii, as well as learning how the lighting systems and the latrines functioned in both public and private spaces, during an in-depth exploration of all the sites of the vast excavations of Pompeii. Your Pompeii private tour is specially designed to make sense of the main aspects of the daily life of Ancient Pompeii, such as the famous garum sauce, life in the thermal baths, the taverns and the gambling, and the brothels where both male and female prostitutes worked. Your guide will also tell you about the dramatic events that took place in the city, such as the fights that broke out between rival groups of fans of opposing gladiator teams.

Join us on a fantastic journey in Ancient Pompeii to discover how the city worked and how our ancestors lived.

meeting point

You will meet your guide at the entrance of the Scavi di Pompeii; Porta Marina Superiore.

Tour Reviews

4.9 (17 reviews)

This tour was excellent. Our guide was able to point out so many unique and special things to notice (we would have never been aware of all these things on our own).

Jane - Oct 31, 2022

We had an excellent tour with Francesca, she was highly knowledgeable about Pompeii, its archaeology and the history of discoveries. We had a great level of customisation of what we wanted to see with her, and she was open to all our questions as we went around. Definitely got a lot more out of our visit thanks to her expertise, putting things into context and learning what to appreciate rather than just walking by without knowing the significance of different objects/areas. She also gave good suggestions for us to continue in our own time around Pompeii after the tour had finished, since it is so large it is not possible to cover the whole site in one tour (2.5hr).

Oliver - Sep 18, 2022

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