Advice for a few hours in Naples?

Feb 13th, 2007, 08:38 AM
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Advice for a few hours in Naples?

We'll be traveling from Sorrento to Rome on a 2:10 p.m. train from Naples. Naples wasn't part of the original plan, but since we'll be there anyway... thought it might be worth getting there early and exploring a bit. Maybe just get some pizza (any recommendations for places open for lunch?)and just wander around a bit? This is our first time in Italy so any advice will be appreciated. Thanks!

Oh - in case it matters... we're a couple in our 30s and we'll be there next month.
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Feb 14th, 2007, 08:13 AM
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Anyone have any advice for me?
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Feb 14th, 2007, 08:21 AM
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Hi Toastie,

Definitely take the Metro right downstairs from the train station and spend a couple of hours at the Archeological Museum, especially the mosaic room. Awesome!!

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Feb 14th, 2007, 08:24 AM
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Hi T,

Ditto Dayle.

The Pizza Bellini, on the square of the same name, is about 4 blks from the museum.

You can walk back to the train station, if you have time, because it's downhill.



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Feb 14th, 2007, 08:43 AM
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Thank you!
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Feb 14th, 2007, 09:05 AM
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Archeological Museum, especially the mosaic room. Awesome!!
I second that. The Museum as a whole is great the best stuff found at both Pompeii and H. are there. Staff is shall we say gives one a less than open welcome but just ignore them...............
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Feb 14th, 2007, 09:07 AM
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We thoroughly enjoyed the archeological museum for a day-trip from Sorrento...another vote from this end for the museum.
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Feb 14th, 2007, 09:30 AM
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Wow - everyone agrees so that was easy. Thanks! I assume there will be somewhere to store our luggage at the train station? Will it be easy to find?
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Feb 14th, 2007, 10:24 AM
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There is a left luggage near the departure tracks (its well signed and easy to find).
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Feb 14th, 2007, 10:49 AM
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If you use the left luggage facility, then make sure you leave plenty of time to pick it up afterwards, the department can get very busy.

I second (3rd/4th/5th) the museum, but walking along Spacconapoli is also quite an experience - stop of for coffee and sfogliate every so often.
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Feb 14th, 2007, 11:29 AM
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Ditto above.

I would take the metro to the museum. I think it is only one stop, but I forget the name of the station. Before you leave the station, grab a city map. From the museum it is an easy walk down the Staccanapoli back to the station. If you get lost, just stop in a local shop and ask "dové il statzione centrale?"

The Museo Archeologico is one of my favorite museums in all of Europe. I also really enjoyed the walk back to the station.
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Feb 14th, 2007, 11:42 AM
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Oh, and don't forget to grab some pizza. Ask around for local favorites. I know there are one or two near the station that are highly recommended.
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Feb 14th, 2007, 12:02 PM
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Hi T,

Check opening times at the Museum. I think that it is closed on Tuesday.

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Feb 14th, 2007, 12:17 PM
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We'll be there on a Wednesday so we're good. Thanks again everyone!
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And another important hint: Be sure to have lots of small bills to pay your museum admission and to rent an audio guide if you want one! They are NOT prepared to give change for the 50 - 100E notes all the tourists get out of ATMs. And they don't take credit cards.
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Feb 14th, 2007, 12:55 PM
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Another recommendation for the museum--I loved the glass and pottery rooms. Seeing the artifacts from Pompeii is amazing, especially if you have seen Pompeii. BTW they don't have free museum guides, you have to purchase a book from the bookstore.
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Feb 14th, 2007, 01:03 PM
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We're going to Pompeii the day before.
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Feb 14th, 2007, 01:35 PM
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Then I definitely recommend going to the museum--you will be amazed by what was recovered and how much it will enhance what you saw at Pompeii. We went after our Pompeii visit even though we had not intended to do so.
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