Askos Tours is a tour operator that specializes in guided tours and experiential activities in Italy, with an archaeological and artistic theme. We’re based in Pompeii, but our operational range extends across the entire Campania Region, to Rome, and to other locations in southern Italy.
We offer guided tours on foot or with transport, for small groups or private clients. On request we also organize customized tours, tailor-made for our valued customers.
The name Askos originates from a ceramic vase that in ancient times was used to pour and store liquids. Our Founder and CEO, archaeologist Emiliano Tufano, once found a beautiful askos during excavations on the island of Pantelleria. From that moment, this vase became a symbol of discovery and knowledge.
In 2010, Emiliano decided to interrupt his career as an archaeologist, which kept him away from his family for long periods, and he founded our Pompeii agency to offer guided tours in the Vesuvian area. His passion for archeology led Emiliano to experiment with new ways to promote and share the extraordinary ancient testimonies of his region, with the collaboration of trained tour guides. In doing so, he himself became one of the most popular and in-demand tour guides in Campania! In 2016, our small Pompeiian agency became the Askos Tours operator you see today, specializing in guided tours with archaeologists and art historians in the most important ruins and museums in Campania, Rome and Southern Italy.
A passion for archeology and the experience gained in the field of tourism has always been the main ingredients for the success of Askos Tours. The company has experienced rapid growth, quickly becoming a reference point in the experiential tourism industry. The history of Askos Tours perfectly illustrates how hard work always leads to the realization of one’s dreams.
Each tour we operate is the result of our pooled knowledge and years of experience. We constantly aim towards progress and improvement, experimenting with new itineraries and perfecting those we’ve been operating for over a decade. In addition to this, we use other simple elements to make a difference:
The literally thousands of 5-star reviews on Trip Advisor and on the major international online travel agencies are a testament to the quality of the service we provide. We’re immensely proud of the wonderful comments left by our customers, and the certificates of excellence that are awarded to us year after year.
Our team is comprised of reliable and trustworthy people – each holding a university degree in archeology and/or art history – who work diligently to achieve the company’s mission. An exceptional human capital is the main strength of Askos Tours, and we’re very proud of our hard-working team. Every email, phone call, or message will always receive a prompt, friendly, and comprehensive response – that is our promise to you.
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