Pompeii is for Everyone
Pompeii tour with an English-speaking guide for wheelchair confined visitors
October 24 of 79 A.D. looks like a normal Friday at Pompeii, a city inhabited by about sixteen thousand people who, like countless others in the Roman Empire, work, go to the spa, enjoy their life etc. But at 01pm of that infamous day, by the nearby Mt Vesuvius it was released an amount of energy equal to fifty thousand atomic bombs and, in less than twenty hours, the town was under a deluge of ash and gas (while the nearby Herculaneum was buried under twenty meters of compact mud). Thousands of men and women tried to escape, they invoked the gods, but they found an horrible death. And only in the modern era some of their bodies were discovered, twisted in despair of escape.
But the same event that destroyed the ancient city of Pompeii, immortalized it for posterity. There are in Pompeii centuries of discoveries, charm and legends. Just to give you an idea of the size and importance of Pompeii ruins, here are some numbers: the archaeological site is about 66 hectares large, of which only 44 hectares are excavated. In the ruins there are about 1500 domus (houses), 242,000 square meters of wall surfaces, 18,000 square meters of painted surface and 12,000 square meters of floors. Every day about 15,000 people visit the ruins of Pompeii. In fact today Pompeii is certainly one of the most important and fascinating archaeological sites in the world.
Wheelchair accessibility is difficult in many places in Pompeii and impossible in others. So, You can visit only partially the Roman city, that was buried and forgotten for hundreds of years. Actually, in Pompeii – in the area of the amphitheatre - we have created a special itinerary for the wheelchair-bound guests. Most buildings in that area are accessible, but in some cases, however, the wheelchairs user may need the assistance of a member of their party to fully maximize the quality of the guided visit. Obviously, Your private guide won’t get out of helping his visitors.
Our private guided tour in Pompeii for disabled visitors comprises:
- Amphitheater, the most ancient of the world
- The Large Palaestra
- The necropolis outside Porta Nocera Gate (with the plaster casts of human bodies)
- Visit inside of a Roman House (during the visit Your guide will check which houses in that area are open)
- Facade of the House of D. Octavius Quartius
- Public fountains
- Stepping stones in the middle of the streets
- Graffiti on the street walls
- Frescos on the street walls
- Water supply pipes
- The area of the ruins still buried
- Asellina's Tavern
- The laundry of Stephanus
This tour itinerary might be subject to little change due to strikes or other unforeseen circumstances (buildings closed for the lack of personnel, etc.)
Take water, camera & sun cream. In low season warmer clothing may be required.
THIS TOUR WILL OPERATE RAIN OR SHINE, SO BE PREPARED FOR ANY WEATHER CONDITIONS.
This tour starts from the Access of the amphitheater, that is away from the Circumvesuviana train station. So, if You take the train for arriving to Pompeii, You should take a taxi from the train station to the other side of the ruins. Actually, the other 2 entrances of Pompeii ruins are closer to the train station, but not very wheelchair-friendly.