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May 26th, 2005, 04:23 AM
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For ferry schedule Positano – Amalfi - Salerno (P.zza della Concordia):
See http://www.salernocity.com/comune/tr...i/costiera.asp
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Jun 4th, 2005, 11:04 AM
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Author: Eloise
Date: 06/04/2005, 02:21 pm

Here's a Web site with details about the Malpensa-Genoa bus:

www.statturismo.com/orari/malpensa.htm

It also stops at Terminal 2 at Malpensa, in case that is closer to your hotel. And it stops at two points in Genoa; one might be closer to the port than the other, or perhaps it would be best to ask where it would be easier to get a taxi to go to the port.

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Jun 5th, 2005, 03:01 AM
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Getting to Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius from Sorrento

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Date: 06/04/2005, 07:50 pm

...This is from directions for a Rome-Pompeii daytrip that I have posted in the past. But it always needs to be updated, new or dead URL's, more info, etc. But this version is updated.

If anyone wants the whole thing (it's very long) email me with ROME in the Subject Line.

But I snipped the sections that you'll need. From Sorrento the same Circumvesuviana Train goes to Pompeii and Ercolano/Herculaneum where the Mt. Vesuvius bus leaves from. Regards, Walter

[POMPEII] Exit the Pompeii Scavi CV Station turn right and walk 50m (I would buy water & snacks from the stalls along there if need be, there's also a restaurant) to the entrance which is set back alittle on the left. [This is based on info that I have read from other posters, I've never used these guides. There are licensed guides with ID's outside the entrance that charge 35-40euro hour per tour, *not* per person, same price as for 1 person or for a small group of 5 max.] The entrance is a small outdoor complex of bldgs containing the ticket windows (10e), ATM, gift & guidebook/map shop and an info booth. You might want to check at the info booth and see if they have any special sites open, there will be limited entry requiring a free ticket for a certain time (in '02 & '04 there were 3 limited access sites opened). In the middle of this outdoor complex is a small round bldg that rents the audioguide tours. A CC or any type of photo ID is required for security. It was my 4th visit to Pompeii and I'm a bit of a history buff, I thought the audioguide was very good. But you might want to have a guidebook with decent map though. I've read a few posts where people couldn't find some of the audioguide sites and I believe I might have had to check my other map also for 1 or 2 sites.
Also at the ticket turnstiles (not the ticket sales window) there is a secured "Luggage Storage" room on the right. After you enter the site you come across the Forum, look to the left at the far end, that is the Temple of Jupiter and behind that temple is a building with a restaurant, snack bar, giftshop, and w.c. If you wish [I highly recommend it] to visit the Villa dei Misteri in the NW corner of Pompeii, do so at the end of your visit (you *cannot* re-enter the site afterwards). You must exit here and walk back (500m) to the same CV station (also at this exit there are restaurants).

HERCULANEUM: To visit Herculaneum (Ercolano CV station is halfway between Naples and Pompeii on the *same* CV train line-The stop will say "Ercolano" (NOT 'Ercolano Miglio d'oro') also some signs will read 'Ercolano-Scavi' on the platform), exit the station (only one-way out) into the *small* parking lot and the *only* street there (45deg to your right), takes you *right* to the Herculaneum entrance after a 5 min downhill walk towards the Bay of Naples. Impossible to get lost or miss you can see the entrance at the end of the street from just outside the parking lot. There is a unmanned 'Left Luggage' room directly across from the ticket window.
Walk ~300m down the ramp. At the end is an audioguide rental booth (takes ~2hrs at a slow pace), w.c./bathrooms, a snackbar/cafe and a bookstore/giftshop.
Just before you get to these bldgs on the left is a newer and better entrance. It is a tunnel-ramp cut thru the stone, you then enter the site from where Herculaneum's seashore once was. The other entrance is a bridge to the right of those bldgs.

BUS TO MT. VESUVIUS: This is the same Circumvesuviana station as in the Herculaneum directions above.
I've never taken this bus, I have a phobia about mountain roads esp with someone else driving.
Exit the Ercolano Station into the small parking lot and walk over towards the right corner of the lot.
You will see a small white sign 'riservato bus-BUS VESUVIO' and a yellow outlined parking space for it. You buy the tickets from the bus driver [That is what the schedule at the Tourist Info Office said in Mar'04]. The only street out of the parking lot leads straight downhill to the Herculaneum entrance (~400m).
And ~50m down that street is a round-about intersection and 20m after that on the right is the tourist info office (green sign/gold letters 'UFFICIO TURISTICO'.
They will have the schedule printed-out on their desk. The bus schedule is on the official City of Ercolano website http://www.comune.ercolano.na.it/cme....asp?dwid=1133 Also you can walk the 70m to the 'Tourist Info Office' and look at their schedule on the desk. Or call 081-5592582 that is the number listed on the *Italian* page of this official Mt. Vesuvius website www.guidevesuvio.it/information.html
Or if you are pressed for time the taxi drivers outside the station are always pitching this trip as tourists walk by. I assume negotiate and agree on a price. Also I've heard that the taxi drivers sometimes claim that this bus doesn't run anymore to tourists waiting for the bus.
A bus also leaves from Pompeii to Mt. Vesuvius but I don't know from where. If interested ask at either the Info Booth in the Naples Train Station or at Pompeii.

CIRCUMVESUVIANA TIMETABLES:
Try finding the *official* timetables/schedules yourself either on a google search or at www.vesuviana.it/
I've totally given up, they keep changing it!!! They used to be posted on www.circumvesuviana.it which makes alot of sense but they are no longer there.
Then they were at www.vesuviana.it/ where you can find out all kinds of info about the Circumvesuviana Trains except that minor detail like the Schedules/Timetables!
I've been posting these directions and adding to them and changing them for a few years. And I have always had to search out a new timetable URL once or twice a year for the schedules and then in a few months that link would either go dead or just not work. So try it on your own and remember the schedules/timetables in Italian will be 'Orari'. Or use this unofficial timetable which is somewhat accurate www.massalubrense.it/circum.htm
The Circumvesuviana Station at the Naples train station is called 'NAPOLI Collegamento FS' (aka Napoli Garibaldi). For Pompeii you want the 'Pompeii (or Pompei) Scavi Villa Dei Misteri' station and for Herculaneum the 'Ercolano Scavi' station. Remember these trains run basically every 30min, so you either make it or wait a half-hour at the most.
You can also pick-up a timetable pamphlet at that Tourist Info Office I mentioned above between the Circumvesuviana ticket turnstiles and the Platforms.
NOTE: Today as I repost this, you can *again* find the timetables at
www.vesuviana.it/
Use Napoli Garibaldi and Pompei Scavi Villa Misteri. Set the Date and Time, then click-on CERCA (notice only one 'i' in Pompei.
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Jun 5th, 2005, 04:17 AM
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Pompeii
As of about a week ago, the guides at Pompeii (located inside the gate) were asking for 50 euro for their tour. We used the audio and maps/guidebook.

Good to know, is that once you exit Pompeii, you may not reenter unles you buy another ticket. Unless you bring in food, you have to buy theirs.

If you bring a picnic lunch, a great spot to eat is on the large grassy area near the outdoor stadium. there are even several picnic tables.

If you are driving... We drove right past the train station and entrance and parked in a camping grounds in the shade. this seems to be the lot closest to the entrance.

If you plan on taking any photos, get there when Pompeii opens if you want better light and pics without people.

Herculaneum

Following the advice from this board, we visited Herculaneum before Pompeii and think that is a better way to go.

< Just before you get to these bldgs on the left is a newer and better entrance. It is a tunnel-ramp cut thru the stone, you then enter the site from where Herculaneum's seashore once was. The other entrance is a bridge to the right of those bldgs>

As you face the booth with the audio guides, the entrance is on your left...through the tunnel. What appears to be the entrance, to the right, is actually the exit.

Maps of Herculaneum are included with the rental of an audio guide but are not sold separately.


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Jun 15th, 2005, 05:02 AM
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Does the station have leftluggage facilities?

Go to http://www.trenitalia.com/it/treni_s...one/index.html

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Jun 16th, 2005, 10:57 AM
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a great thread talking about what NOT to do . . . . http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34551315 . . . . "Rookie Mistakes: ITALY"
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A new website – www.ItaliaRail.com – allows U.S. & Canadian travelers to book railroad tickets and passes prior to their arrival in Italy. Price for Trenitalia pass starts at $206 USD for unlimited second-class train travel (four days of train travel). Discounts are available for children under 11, youth (under 26) and for a group-saver rate (2-5 travelers are $175 for four-day second-class pass).

ItaliaRail.com also allows travelers to purchase cross-border train tickets from Italy to other European cities as well as a wide range of Eurail passes.

Frommer’s article (Jul-1st) further discusses above issue re: cost-effective rail passes > > >
http://www.budgettravelonline.com/bt...063000900.html
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Jul 6th, 2005, 08:59 AM
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Best way from Paris to Venice.

www.myair.com flies from Paris Orly to Venice Marco Polo.

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Jul 27th, 2005, 04:23 AM
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Is there train service to a particular town or city?

Go to www.trenitalia.com
Click "Trains and Stations"
Click "regions"
Click on ..... "Campania for example"
Click "servizi in statione"
See the list of all of the train stations in Campania from A to Z.

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Aug 4th, 2005, 03:44 AM
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Getting from Pisa airport to Florence.

If you don't wish to change trains in Pisa,

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Date: 08/04/2005, 01:36 am
You can take the Terravision bus from the Pisa airport to Florence for 7.50E. www.terravision.it


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Please note that the Terravision bus between Florence and Pisa airport is restricted to those flying certain airlines:

I have pasted below from the Terravision Web site:

<<Please note that this is a dedicated airport-city transfer for the airlines listed below. As such, all passengers must demonstrate a valid airline boarding pass, ticket or e-ticket in order to board the coach in addition to their valid Terravision ticket or e-ticket.

Ryanair , easyJet , Hapag Lloyd Express , Transavia , Thomsonfly>>
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Aug 4th, 2005, 08:33 AM
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Thanks for the clarification, Eloise.
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