Ciao! I just wanted to drop a note adding my name to those who recommend Pompeii guide Gaetano Mandfredi. We had an amazing tour with him today.
We are a three generation family group of 9, ranging in ages from 15 - 76. Gaetano arranged a driver to pick us up in Sorrento at our hotel. The driver brought us to Pompeii, where we met Gaetano for our tour. After the tour, we ate a light lunch and then the driver brought us up Vesuvius to the start of the walking path. We then hiked up to the top and back down again, where the driver was waiting to return us to Sorrento. Fantastic!
As to Gaetano’s tour itself, I think I can best sum it up by saying that half-way through, the easily bored 15 year old turned to me and said “this is really cool.” High praise, indeed! Gaetano pointed out things that we would never have found on our own. He is so knowledgeable about Pompeii and has countless stories to share. This brings the city to life! As silly as this seems to mention, Gaetano was also very good at stopping us in the shade where ever possible to explain something we were looking at. We visited on a very hot day, and all that shade was very appreciated.
Gaetano and I had been communicating for a few months setting up this tour for our group. He was always prompt in responding, and he was very upfront about price, time frames, etc…. Very appreciated. The value of this tour (and the rest of the day) was outstanding. I would recommend this tour to anyone - and I would even repeat it myself!