Herculaneum /Pompeii in a day?

Mar 23rd, 2004, 09:16 PM
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Herculaneum /Pompeii in a day?

I am going to be in Naples, but time is limited. Is it feasible to do both Herculaneum and Pompeii in a one day trip?
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Mar 23rd, 2004, 09:48 PM
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That depends on how interested you are in the details. I had about 5 hours in Pompeii and it was not enough
for me. Two days would have been about right. I know some people who think it all looks the same and you only need 2 hours to look around.

I have to admit, it doesn't take long for me to see an art museum.
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Mar 23rd, 2004, 11:31 PM
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Pompeii is very expansive and takes a long time to walk through it and look at everything. I was there for almost 5 hours and still missed an entire quandrant! Additionally, if you are relying on public transportation (bus, train) you will have to factor in the delayed times vs. hiring a car to take you directly from one place to the other (in this case, Herculaneum). Herculaneum is close to Naples, it is the "Ercolano Scavi" stop on the Circumvesuviana train. That is a much smaller scale place and can easily be explored within a few hours. I would split up the two places and not try to cram them into one day's itinerary unless you only want to do a very cursory overview of them both.
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Mar 24th, 2004, 04:23 AM
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We hired a taxi driver, who even had a brochure with rates, to take us to the sites. He picked us up from our hotel, and took us to the sites. We also hiked up Vesuvius, which is our kids' favorite memory. All this took us about 12 hours. I'd like to have spent more time at the sites, but we have to work with the kids attention spans too.
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Mar 24th, 2004, 05:53 AM
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My wife and I tried that in 2002, and we felt it was too much for 1 day. We spent the morning in Herculaneum, had lunch near the site, the went to Pompeii in the afternoon. We felt too rushed at Pompeii. If I had to choose between the two, I'd spend the entire day at Pompeii.

We're headed back to Sorrento for a week in late May, and I plan on spending an entire day at Pompeii. We may do Herculaneum if we get the time.

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Mar 24th, 2004, 06:16 AM
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I agree with the other posters. If you are at all interested in Roman history and enjoy archeological sites you will want to spend more time at each place than one day for both.

They are very different, in my opinion, and even though Herculaneum is smaller it is a very impressive site. It was a more patrician city and therefore has some very impressive villas, baths, etc.

Incidentally, when you get off the train at Pompeii Scavi, it is a very short walk to enter the site. Ercolano, on the other hand, is several blocks from the train station to the entrance, where you pay to visit, and then a further walk to a long stairway and a short footbridge to get into the actual site.

Many Fodorites have suggested a visit to the archeological museum in Naples before you visit Pompeii/Ercolano, as the "treasures" from each place are exhibited there.

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Mar 24th, 2004, 08:07 AM
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My husband and I were there last month and only had about 6 hours to see Pompeii. We realized when we started going through it, how large of an area it was, and we ended up missing a lot of it and rushing over to the Villa de Misteri, which is a located a little bit out the city, a fair walk. It closed at 5 pm and we didnt even realize it was closing time, and a worker came by to escort us and some others out. He asked if we had seen the frescos yet, meaning some of the best preserved ones in the Villa. Well, since we hadnt, he kindly led us to them and I am very grateful he let us stay an extra few minutes, because they were unbelievable. The moral of the story: If you are into archaelogy and history, you will want at least a full day to see Pompeii, maybe even 2.
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Mar 26th, 2004, 09:31 AM
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Where do I catch the Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Pompeii, and need I reserve a seat?
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Mar 26th, 2004, 10:13 AM
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We didnt reserve a seat. the Circumvesuviana just a slow local commuter train which you get to by just following the signs down to the basement of the main Garibaldi train station in Naples. We just bought our tickets from a magazine stand that sold tickets down there right before we got on. They are really cheap too. I think 2 or 3 Euros. Hope that helps. There's lots of info on the details of changing trains at Naples station if you do a search on this forum. Thats where i found the info for our trip.
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Mar 26th, 2004, 10:14 AM
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You can catch the Circumvesuviana from the Naples train station. It is on the lower level. It is not possible to reserve a seat, it is open seating as it is a commuter train. Go down the stairs in the train station, to your left will be the ticket counter and then you continue down an escalator to the tracks (sometimes the escalators work). To get to Pompeii you want to get on the train bound for Sorrento and get off at the Pompei Scavi stop. I would guess it takes about 30 mins. from Naples. Pompeii is right outside the train stop. You can't miss it.
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Mar 26th, 2004, 10:19 AM
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This is the website for the CV train, which has info on ticket prices & train schedules:
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Mar 26th, 2004, 10:35 AM
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Thank you Jettagirl, Scullysouix and yk, wonderful information--all I need. I appreciate it very much.
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