From June 7 through November 13, 2008, the ancient city of Pompeii is hosting Sognopompei (Pompeiian dream), with tours of the ruins enhanced with sound effects, light shows, actors in costume and a final re-enactment of the 79 AD volcanic eruption that engulfed the city in lava and ash. The hour-long tours run Friday through Sunday during the five-month period, and are offered in English, Italian and Japanese.
Regular hours apply (8:30 am until 7:30 pm [with the final entrance slot at 6 pm] from April 1st until October 31st, and until 5 pm [with final entrance at 3:30 pm] from November 1st until March 31st). Tickets are 11 euros each for Pompeii and Herculaneum, and 20 euros for the “Cumulative ticket,” offering access to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabia, and the Antiquarium of Bosoreale. Click here for more information at the official Web site. — Justine Gregory