Did you know that there are customary rules for visitors in Pompeii?
Every year increases the number of visitors in Pompeii. A result of the often unorganized masses is irrecoverable damage. In addition to protect the archeological Park of Pompeii it’s a must to determine rules, to preserve the UNESCO WORLD HERETAGE for the next generations.
We need to understand especially that the excavations are an historical heritage of the humanity. In addition to, the visitors are responsible for the preservation of this unique roman city. Have in mind that the inhabitants of Italy may be offended by unrespectable behavior of the visitors. Unfortunatly does it happen always more!
Pompeii is not an entertainment Park. It’s an important museum. Please respect history!
Costumer rules for visitors are every where, not only in Pompeii!
By the way: Would you be happy if visitors behavor respectless in your country?
Accordingly you will have now the opportunity to read the rules of behavior. Most of people are not able to read all. Are you?
It’s a must to have a valid ticket to visit the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. Therefore observe the customary rules of decorum. Equally important to report any breach or problems you observe to the security staff.
Respect consequently the following rules, and apply them inside the Archaeological Park of Pompeii:
1. Itinerant peddling is specifically prohibited.
2. Further throw rubbish only in the designated bins.
3. Do not throw objects on counters, in tanks or fountains.
4. Radios or other noisy devices cannot be played out loud.
5. Do not get too close to or touch objects, frescoes, furniture etc.
6. Do not damage or mark floors, walls, ancient furniture, frescoes, benches, statues, fountains, counters or other surfaces with pointed objects, felt-tip pens, pencils, paint or other materials.
7. Do not eat outside the designated areas.
Did you know that you have similar customary rules also at home? Pompeii is like your country!
8. At the same time it’s forbidden to use professional optical and audio equipment (video cameras, microphones, audio mixers etc.). If you wish to take professional or commercial videos and pictures, for this propose you need the formal permission from the Administration. In conclusion: Video and picture taking is allowed for personal use only.
9. Big dogs (beyond 25 kg) are not allowed, even if they are kept on a leash and muzzled. Furthermore Dogs which are permitted to enter the site must be consequently kept on a leash and carried by their owners inside the buildings. At least do not feed, introduce or abandon animals of any species. At the same time do not approach stray animals that may be present in the area.
10. In particular, unauthorized means of transport are not allowed. The same also applies to electrical ones.
11. Furthermore Bicycles, scooters and other means of transport are not allowed on the site.
12. Do not wear clothes that could be considered potentially disruptive and/or walk bare-chested.
13. Large backpacks, umbrellas, luggage or bags (cm 30x30x15) and other bulky items are not allowed and consequently must be left at the cloakroom (the service is free of charge).
Do you have customary rules also in your country? So it is for visitors in Pompeii.
14. About all, do not speak out loudly, run or disturb the other visitors in any way.
15. Do not smoke outside the designated areas.
16. Do not pick fruits or flowers.
17. Do not build fires, throw away lit cigarettes, and adopt hazardous behaviors that could cause a fire.
18. Do not dig holes.
19. Do not climb walls or get on fountains, counters or any other ancient piece of furniture or facility.
20. Do not enter areas enclosed by barriers or bollards; in brief, do not step over barriers, fences and bollards; do not open gates that are closed or slightly open; most important: do not get close to the edges of the excavations.
21. Although Ceremony clothes, masks or costumes are not permitted.
22. Do not display flags and banners.
You will find the costumary rules of Pompeii logical. Nothing new – at least it is the rule of ordinary education.
*Please note that the paths inside the Site, which almost entirely coincide with those of the ancient city, are in particular uneven with differing heights, levels, and with varying degrees of rugged terrain. Therefore, the utmost caution and attention is required. The Administration accepts no responsibility for any damage to persons or property caused by negligence or failure to comply with this Regulation. Therefore, the Archaeological Park declines any claim for compensation. Moreover, bearing in mind the fragile nature of the archaeological site, the Administration accepts no responsibility for any damage to persons or property attributable to fortuitous events and not caused by negligence.
Art. 3 of the
Big dogs are not allowed to enter the park, in accordance with the preceding article (art. 2), only service dogs are permitted to assist disabled people. Those who wish to be accompanied by their service dog must present a certificate of disability.
Read here moreover Customary rules for visitors of Pompeii:
Please note that the paths inside the Site, which almost entirely coincide with those of the ancient city, are in particular uneven with differing heights, levels, and with varying degrees of rugged terrain. Therefore, the utmost caution and attention is required.
The Administration accepts no responsibility for any damage to persons or property caused by negligence or failure to comply with this Regulation. Therefore, the Archaeological Park declines any claim for compensation. Moreover, bearing in mind the fragile nature of the archaeological site, the Administration accepts no responsibility for any damage to persons or property attributable to fortuitous events and not caused by negligence.
Art. 4 of Customary rules for visistors of Pompeii:
Art. 639 of the penal code say that the following conducts are punishable as a criminal offence:
- Any damage or infringement resulting from failure to comply with Art. 2 and Art. 3.
- The refusal, on behalf of the visitor and/or his/her guide, to provide an identity document and show an entry ticket to a staff member asking for it.
- Threats or aggressive behavior towards security staff members, other staff members and visitors.
- Harassment to visitors or any other person in the Archaeological Park.
- Offences of public indecency.
Art. 5 of Customary rules for visistors of Pompeii
Those who violate the terms of the regulations will be, as a result, punished according to the administrative and penal law and will be promptly removed from the Archaeological Park.
- People escorting groups and school classes hold direct responsibility for ensuring that individual visitors comply with the regulations. The Administration accepts no responsibility for any damage to persons or property caused by negligence or failure to comply with the Regulations.
- All groups and individual visitors must generally follow the established itineraries. Do not hike behind the barrage. In other words, it is forbidden to follow any paths other than those indicated by appropriate signs and bollards.
- Access to the Archaeological Park of Pompeii may be temporarily denied to people escorting groups and school classes in case of repeated infringements to the regulation.
- Please note that inside the Archaeological Park you may encounter stray dogs which have made it past the perimeter. In fact, it is recommended to maintain a safe distance and be careful.
- No more than 15.000 visitors at a time are allowed inside the park. In case this limit is reached, the access to the park may be delayed.
- People with mobility difficulties or heart disease are especially requested to exercise the utmost caution.
It is in particular advisable to wear comfortable shoes.
- Picnic areas are available inside the Archaeological Park near Porta Nola (see Map)
All the costumary rules of Pompeii are decided for the safty of our visitors!
We are grateful for your collaboration. To defend and protect the unique archeological site of Pompeii is really important. Remind that your descendants will be proud of you!
Pompeii is my live, my passion and my home. Book here your private Tour: Enjoy history as a musement!
Cecilia Barbara Walch
Passionate Tourist-Guide of Campania