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Trip Report Sorrento to Naples Circumvesuviana- Alternate Suggestion

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So my husband and I just got from two glorious weeks in Italy....5 nights in Florence, 4 nights in Sorrento, and 4 nights in Rome.

Prior to leaving, I did extensive research through travel books and this forum. One of the areas I was particularly nervous (I don't know if nervous is the right word, as I am only 27 and pretty go with the flow...so maybe unsure) of was the trains. Specifically the Circumvesuviana train when travelling from Sorrento to Naples (and then onto Rome) with luggage. When arriving in Naples, we took the ferry over to Sorrento, which was quite lovely. However, returning back to Naples, we decided to take the Circumvesuviana train. I had heard many reviewers speak about how this is a commuter train, with many locals, pickpocketers, and little room for luggage. We ended up meeting another couple in Sorrento who didn't have the best of experiences on this train either....I mean they are pretty dingy looking trains. Anyways, we arrived at the train station and the next available train was the fast train. It was a few euros more than the regular route but only stopped in Pompei, Heruculem, and Naples. Furthermore (and we did not know this at the time of booking), they only sell tickets for the number of seats on the train. Aka. you are not allowed to stand. The train is AC and has train employees in each car to monitor/assist. We rode to Naples feeling very safe, plenty of luggage room, and in AC.

Apparently, this new train is fairly new and was established simply out of requests from tourists. They pre-sell tickets too so you can guarantee your seat (since they only sold so many of them). It just worked out luckily for us that we picked this type of train and they still had a good many tickets! I thought this was a pretty unique insight and wanted to share, just in case someone had similar nerves as myself!

Ciao e buon viaggio!

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