Rome’s Richest Retreat. Preserved Neat.

Rome’s Richest Retreat. Preserved Neat.

Pompeii was like a Roman Monaco. A rich city resplendent with three storey villas. The gymnasium had heated swimming pools. Even the brothel was finely frescoed. Yet on 24th August 79 CE, Pompeii’s wealthy residents awoke to a volcanic fury. A 7m layer of ash from Mount Vesuvius saturated the city’s 20,000 inhabitants. Pompeii was preserved inside an organic time capsule. Today you will walk Roman streets unchanged in two millennia. It’s a living museum.

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Your Guide to Pompeii

Step Back In Time

Pompeii has 67 hectares of intact city streets. Your hand-picked guide knows them all. Including the Thermopolium, a hot and cold snack bar, which served 'fast food' like snails and spiced wine. And the Villa dei Misteri, with its salons dedicated to hard partying. Your guide can even translate graffiti from 2,000 years ago. Like this gem: “Walls, you have held up so much tedious graffiti that I am surprised you have not already collapsed in ruin!”


If Pompeii was Monaco, the nearby beach resort of Herculaneum was like St Tropez. Its marble floors and stone statues were preserved by the same volcanic cloud from Mount Vesuvius. Ancient mosaics prove Herculaneum was a sandy, sexy retreat: Check out the well-endowed Triton and the saintly cherub wielding a whip. Herculaneum is quieter than Pompeii. Best of all, you can stroll five minutes from the archaeological site to the tender of your charter yacht.

Hiking Mount Vesuvius

The best view over Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast? From where hell was unleashed: Mount Vesuvius. Mainland Europe’s only active volcano should only be ascended with a competent guide that comes with your Pompeii yacht charter. Hike up one of 11 mountain paths. Volcanic earth renders Vesuvius a biodiversity hotspot: spot beech martens, peregrine falcons, 44 species of butterfly and 19 wild orchids. Celebrating your ascent? Volcanic-fuelled vineyards create Lacryma Christi (‘Tears of Christ’), a dense red wine only found in this unique terroir.