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Best way to see Pompeii from Rome in a day.

Best way to see Pompeii from Rome in a day.

Oct 1st, 2001, 12:55 PM
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Best way to see Pompeii from Rome in a day.

Can anyone advise me of the best way to do this,rail looks promising but some say you should do this by bus - any comments.

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Oct 1st, 2001, 01:16 PM
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We tokk the 9 a.m. train from Rome to Pompei, had lunch then toured with aguide for four hours, and then took the train back to Rome, getting in about 8 p.m. We could have improved that by an hour if we'd gotten on a rapid train, but ours stopped everywhere. It is easily doable in one day using the train. Ciao
 
Oct 1st, 2001, 02:57 PM
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I suggest you take a day tour to Pompeii. We used Caranti tours who picked us up from our hotel around 7am, gave us a panaramic tour of Naples on the way to Pompeii, provided a free lunch at Pompeii, took us on a two-hour tour of Pompeii and made a 30-minute stop at Sorento before returning to our hotel at about 8:30pm. The cost was about $80 per person, which wasn't much more then a roundrip train ticket, Pompeii ticket and an audioguide, lunch and possibly transportation to/from Pompeii train station. We thought the tour was a good deal.
 
Oct 1st, 2001, 03:07 PM
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YS, How many people were in your group?
 
Oct 1st, 2001, 04:08 PM
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It was a busload, although there were free seats. I guess about 30.
 
Oct 1st, 2001, 04:16 PM
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By rail is by far the best. Rail fare is reasonable.
 
Oct 1st, 2001, 04:47 PM
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Ok, lets compare:

Rome-Pompeii one-way train ticket: 35,300 Lira (or $16.42) on Intercity train and 45,600 (or $21.59) on Eurostar; times two for roundtrip (info from www.fs-on-line.com). The
Pompeii entrance fee is about $10, plus about $8 for an audio guide, and probably about $12 for a guided tour. Lunch at Pompeii will be about $10. Adding up: $16.42x2+$10+$8+10 = $61 for Intercity train (slower) or $21.59x2+$10+$8+$10 = $$71 for Eurostar. This is not counting any taxi fares or public transit to/from train station in Rome and in Pompeii.
So it is $10 to $20 difference vs. the tour, but you are getting a guide and having a chance to visit Sorento and Naples, but loosing the flexibility of being on your own and forsed to be in a group.

This was why we went with the tour.
 
Oct 1st, 2001, 04:51 PM
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[I wrote this before others had posted but got sidetracked, so I'm not responding to YS's take on bus tours, just my own opinion] I assume you mean a "bus tour"? The bus tour [usually, some vary] will run 13-14hrs but only about 2hrs actually in Pompeii. If they include Naples and Sorrento it's really only to drop or pick-up passengers. Plus one or two stops at factory-type outlets.
By rail it's ~3hrs with an easy train change in Naples and you're dropped 50m from the Pompeii entrance.
My opinion is "go for the gold" on any daytrip, one long day for a lifetime memory!
Catch the early Eurostar train to Naples ~0610, eat on the train. Arrive Naples 0756 walk downstairs and hop on the Circumvesuviana (CS) commuter train to Pompeii (arrive ~9). They run ~every 30min and the journey is ~35min and stop 50m from the entrance. Spent ~4hrs in Pompeii, hop back on the same CS train only *towards* Naples. Half-way back get off at Ercolano and walk (5min) to Herculaneum, spend 2hrs which is good for that site. Then back to the CS train to Naples and then back to Rome ~8-9PM. It will cost total R/T both trains including admission ~$50US/2nd & ~$70/1st. Both are a long daytrips but this way you can visit Pompeii all day or half a day and include Herculaneum! Directions are listed on Ed & Julie's website http://twenj.com/ click-on "Rome" and then at the bottom of the sidebar "Pompeii".
HTH Regards, Walter
 
Oct 1st, 2001, 05:08 PM
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Thanks Walter!

Even though I did not post the original question I needed this info for next spring! (I can't wait to try and get my mom on the 610 train.)
 
Oct 1st, 2001, 05:17 PM
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This question has been asked and answered at least 50 times in the past year. The basic problem with this forum is that the travel topics have been exhausted and the trolls have taken over.
 
Oct 1st, 2001, 06:57 PM
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This is not nec. a troll question. I am relatively new to the board and many times I have used the seach capacity on this board. Fodors does not use to best in site search engine. It is quite old fashioned and inefficient. Several times I have used it to search for a recent thread that may be several pages back and the topic does not come up - even after using key words for the title of the thread. Or weird topics unrelated to my search will come up (ok, so other search engines will do this too!)

Back to your question Duncan, I think train is the best way to go if you want the flexibility of seeing what you want to see and not being rushed. I have heard that you need at least 3 hours to do justice to Pompeii. Plus, do you really want to see Naples and Sorrento? How much time have you allocated for Rome? After my reading and research this weekend, I can see why people will spend a solid week in Rome. There is so much to see!

How I plan to see Pompeii is to take the train down. I will be leaving Florence after a couple of days there, passing through Rome and on to Naples. I can time it to catch the high speed trains and be in Naples in about 3.5 hours. I have NO interest in seeing Naples - just catch the Circum. to Pompeii - 4 - 5 hours there then on to Sorrento for a couple of days in Capri and the Amalfi coast, then back to Rome for 3-4 days. That way I have time for Pompeii without taking any time away from Rome.
 
Oct 2nd, 2001, 06:49 AM
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Also when leaving Termini to Naples look out the right-side of the train. Alongside the tracks you will see an aquaduct and a circular shell of a building. That is the "Temple of Minerva Medica" ~300AD, misnamed in the late 16C it was probably a wealthy person's residental nymphaeum or dining pavilion. The aquaduct then crosses over to the left-side of the train, where just outside Rome there are some excellent views of the aquaduct (tall sections standing alone in fields). Regards, Walter
 
Oct 2nd, 2001, 07:05 AM
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2 hrs for POMPEII?? I would need an hour just to speed walk through the whole place without learning much.

2 hrs wouldn't be enough, you can easily spend all day there. And definitely take the train. We ended up taking the same from from Rome to Pompeii and walking from the station to the achaelogical site. That's about an hrs walk but you see a lot of Pompeii.

 
Oct 2nd, 2001, 07:31 AM
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I agree with YS. We also took the Carrani (I believe this is the correct spelling) tour of Pompeii last year and thought it was great. Pick-up and drop-off right at hotel door, and rest stop going and comming for snacks and restrooms. 2 hours with a local tour guide was enough for the average tourist, the site is hot and dusty with no protection from the strong mid-day sun in May. I couldn't imagine spending more than 2 hours in summer. The lunch was good (not great), and the opportunity to see both Naples and Sorrento made for a very enjoyable and memorable day.
 
Oct 2nd, 2001, 08:46 AM
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We made that day trip last March but we had driven into Rome, held onto the car overnight and drove to pompeii the next morning. Once out of Rome the drive is very easy but getting in and out of Rome could be a nightmare. I think the train is probably the easiest and with the good flexibility. We had read on this board that there would be private guides standing around the entrance offering guided tours. When we arrived, there weren't any. We hooked up with one of the group tours and it was very good and very reasonable. He didn't even charge for my 2 kids. We ate lunch before entering the site at a restaurant right past the toll booth, outside the bus entrance to the site. It was fine and inexpensive. We arrived early and beat the bus crowds at lunch. When we left the site mid-afternoon we did see private guides and the restaurants were packed. There are concession stands outside the entrance also for food and drinks but nothing in the area of the ruins. You are better off eating in the restaurants just outside of the entrance, if you need a quick lunch.
 
Oct 2nd, 2001, 10:28 AM
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Hello Duncan,

The other possibility would be by regular bus.

There's a daily service ROME-POMPEI-SORRENTO which leaves Rome at 06.45 and arrives Pompei at 09.45.

The return leaves Sorrento at 17.39, and leaves Pompei at 18.15, arriving back in Rome at 20.45.

Return fare is 55.000 LIRE ($25?)

This option would give you the flexibilty to visit both Pompei & Sorrento if you wanted to see both.

Steve
 
Oct 6th, 2001, 11:49 AM
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We just did Pompei on Sept.15th; We were actually going to Naples from Rome by train - so when we got into our hotel, got settled, and headed off to Pompeii it was about 2PM. The train trip Rome-Naples was about 2 hours, maybe 2.5; the Circumvesuviano train (take the right one, the blue line to Sorrento) was about 45min.
Some of the buildings were gated (e.g. Poeto Tragico) and you could only look in through the front door. Triangular forum was fenced off for repairs. The Lupanarum did have an attendant outside who asked me to stop using the flash. Depending on how much you know ahead of time, it may be a good idea to get a guide. (All the houses are similar - unless single-dual peristyle or full atrium excites you, Doric vs. Corithian is your cup of tea.) It is fascinating to see that the columns in the Basilica are brick; they were then covered with stucco grooved to simulate greek marble columns; sort of the way we have phony columns nowadays. You could climb all the way up the stairs to the top of their colosseum (ampitheatre).
You should also plan to stay in Naples a day or so, and see their Archeological museum with all the interesting bits that were removed from Pompei for preservation - marble statues, some marvellously detailed mosaics, with coloured bits as small as a bobby pim head that make a full realistic colour picture. If you do go to the museum, be sure to ask for a (free) extra ticket when you buy your entry - for the "Secret Gallery", where all the naughty bits are kept away from sensitive eyes.
 
Oct 6th, 2001, 01:20 PM
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I'm confused about why so many people have chosen to visit Naples and Pompeii from Rome when it's so much closer from Sorrento. I plan to be in both Rome and Sorrento and wonder if there's a reason that it's done in the reverse. If not, can anyone out there suggest the best way for me to visit Pompeii and Naple from Sorrento? Also, is Naples a must? I hear MANY conflicting opinions, and welcome those who've been there.
 
Oct 6th, 2001, 01:52 PM
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Shirley:
Many people are staying in Rome and are not staying in Sorrento. They don't have the time or don't want to relocate to Sorrento. They just want to go down to Pompeii for the day.
If you are staying in Sorrento you can visit many places nearby depending on how much time you have. To name a few, you can go down the Amalfi drive; to Paestum; Monte Casino; Capri; Naples; Pompeii; Herculeum. Many other places. Naples is a good place to go but you may prefer to spend whatever time you have at some of the others. If you are going by train from Rome it stops in Naples so many people take this opportunity to see some of the sights there.
Got it?
 
Oct 8th, 2001, 04:44 PM
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Thanks for your comments, Gerry. I have 5 days in Rome and 3 in the Amalfi area, so I'm thinking that it might make more sense to do Pompeii when I'm based in the south. I'll be leaving Rome for Naples, and have my luggage with me, so we'll have to find a place to deposit it or just catch a ride to the Amalfi directly. So far, the consensus is to leave the driving to the Italians so we won't have a car to get back to Pompeii. But from what you're saying, I think it's best for me to try and see Pompeii from our base in the south versus doing it from Rome. It seems that there's a huge divide between those who love Naples and those who despise it. What's a person to do?
 

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