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- Tickets - Anyone wishing to enter Pompeii Archaeological Park will need to purchase tickets. Discounts are available for children and students. You can order your tickets online or buy them on the day, and it can pay off to order online and then skip out on the lines when you arrive, giving you more time to actually explore Pompeii itself rather than having to wait around. Pompeii does offer free admission on certain days of the year, like the first Sunday of the month during the off peak season and on various additional days throughout the year.
- Opening Times - Pompeii is open every single day of the year except the 1st of May, New Year's Day, and Christmas Day. During peak season, which runs from April 1 through to October 31, the site is open from 9am to 7.30pm, and the last entrance is at 6pm. During off peak season, the site is open from 9am to 5.30pm, with the last entrance being at 3.30pm. Visiting Pompeii during the off peak season is a good way to avoid some of the crowds, but you won’t be able to stay there as long.
- Guides - There are many different travel operators offering guided tours of Pompeii, and whether or not you choose to sign up for one of these tours is up to you. Getting a guided tour of Pompeii is a good way to learn about the history of the site and see a lot all in one day, but it does mean you have to stick to the schedule of the tour guide. Choosing an audio guide or guidebook and making your own way around is another good option for people who prefer a little freedom but still want to learn a lot.
- Facilities - It's worth noting that Pompeii is very much a historical site and fully treated as such. You won't be finding commercial stores and restaurants around here, so the facilities are pretty minimal overall, with just one small café and a few restrooms dotted around. This is why it pays off to pack your own snacks and bottled water for your visit, but only bring small bags as larger backpacks and cases aren't allowed at Pompeii.
- What To Expect - Pompeii is a huge site with a lot to see. Some tourists only stay for a couple of hours, while others spend multiple days visiting Pompeii and seeing all it has to offer. You can get a lot done in a single day, but you’ll need to walk a lot on some rough streets, so it’s wise to wear sensible clothing and strong footwear. If you'd like to extend your stay beyond Pompeii, other nearby archaeological sites and historic cities include Herculaneum and Stabiae.
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