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It is my understanding that guides are licensed in Italy for specific sites and that a guide licensed to guide at Pompeii, for example, may not be qualified or licensed to guide at other historic sites. I have also heard that a driver, even though he may be licensed as a guide, cannot do both things at once. Is this accurate?

I am planning a day trip from Naples to Pompeii, Herculaneum and will visit for a 1-2h period at a Museum in Naples that same day. We had originally planned Museo Nazional Archaeological but it is closed on the day we are in Naples. So, I'm now planning on the Museo Nazional di Capodemonte. I have a guide and believe for Capodemonte in particular a guide is very helpful. Should I be concerned that the guide who is taking us through Capodemonte is the same guide taking us to Pompeii/Herculaneum?

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I would be much more concerned of how it is you plan to visit all 3 places in one day! Pompeii is easily a minimum of a half a day.

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Such things are actually done at a regional level, so it's the Campanian authorities who regulate guides here!

And - as far as I'm aware (having lived in the area since 2003) - it's "all or nothing"... so they either are or aren't qualified and registered, and can or can't operate anywhere at all in the region!

You'll perhaps get some idea of the many requirements they have to meet by using an autotranslator on this...


But, for your safety - and theirs - I too have also understood that it's forbidden for them to drive you around!

Picked randomly from a Google search, the photos of this guy show him wearing the sort of badge you should look out for:


Having made that same Tuesday mistake myself almost a decade ago - but as yet still not forgotten or forgiven by the friends whom we dragged over from Ischia with us - I eventually put this together to show what's open when....


Trust that's some help?



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3. Re: Guides in Italy .......

Thank you Peter. Very concise and helpful answer.

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