Isle of Capri and Pompeii in one day...

Oct 15th, 2007, 11:02 AM
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You never said why you had to do both sites in one day. Just curious.
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Oct 15th, 2007, 11:22 AM
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We spent one day in Pompeii then the next day in Capri - worked out great. Spent the whole day in Pompeii so we didn't rush through it. Then did a tour of Capri on a mini-bus - which enabled us to see the whole island while we had based ourselves in Sorrento the night before. Worked out great. then, we returned to Sprrento from Capri and actually had to take a train back to Rome that night. Made for a long day but we were able to fit that in - we arrived in Rome in time for a late dinner (around the same time the Italians eat! ha, perfect) Doing Capri and Pompeii in one day - impossible. Well, wait, it's not impossible - do you have a helicopter?! jk
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Oct 15th, 2007, 11:23 AM
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As an overview so that you might go back some other time, I can't fault this plan. I had to make the same choice in May while on a Mediterranean cruise. I had always wanted to see both and just could not make up my mind which one to sacrifice. Fortunately, Princess cruises had a tour that took in a half day at each. Sure you don't get to see everything, or for that matter, anything in depth. But for someone who only has one day and wants badly to do both, it can be done. In that case, though, I think you almost have to take a tour. You can't waste any time getting lost or missing any connections. You want someone or some tour company to take you to Pompeii and show you the highlights, get you to lunch, then to the ferry to Capri, walk you to a good spot so that you can be on your own for a while to see the sights, then make you way back to the Mainland.

The other posters are correct that it would be better to dedicate one day to each place, but if you absolutely cannot, just know that it can be done in a day and still enjoyed. This day was one of the highlights of my cruise.
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Oct 15th, 2007, 11:58 AM
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Well I will now be a Johnny Come Lately and pile in with everyone else
The greatest day of my Europe trip was lazily walking around the isle of Capri. This took the WHOLE DAY. The ride out and back took long enough I can't imagine having less than 1/2 day.

Ditto Pompeii. Certainly there is something else worth cutting in your trip so you don't need to do this?
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Oct 15th, 2007, 12:03 PM
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The logistics for Herculaneum and Pompeii are the same but the former is much smaller and you will be able to appreciate more of it in your limited time. That said, I agree with most of the others that it is too much for one day. Seeing both Herculaneum and Pompeii as a nice same day trip would also be a good plan. IMO they compliment eachother.
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Oct 17th, 2007, 03:05 AM
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"You never said why you had to do both sites in one day. Just curious."

We are staying over two nights in Naples and want to spend one day just wondering around Naples itself the other on a day trip.

Thank you all for your help. This time we will visit Capri.

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Oct 17th, 2007, 04:56 AM
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Pompeii is only half an hour from Naples, and you can easily spend a few hours there on your "wandering around Naples" day.
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Oct 17th, 2007, 05:29 AM
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Most of the interesting art found in Pompeii is already in the Archeology Museum in Naples. Spend a couple hours in there during your Naples day.
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Oct 17th, 2007, 02:47 PM
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Well, I have actually went to Herculaneum and Capri in the same day. But there is no way I would have had the time to do the blue grotto in the same day as it sucks up a lot of time. And I had to start the Herculaneum visit early in the morning just as the doors opened. I spent 3 hours at Heraculaneum (but archaeology is my passion) You could see the whole site in 1.5 hours but with walking from the train stop to the site and into site plus rest and lunch time, alow another hour or so. I had taken the ferry from Sorrento to Capri but leaving from Naples there may be more frequent boats. I only got to spend a few hours in Capri before the last ferry back. I felt like Capri wasn't fully enjoyed because you couldn't spend the slow moments of strolling or getting lost in the pathways or spending a long time at a cafe or restaurant enjoying the moment. There is no way I could do Pompeii and Capri in a day. You need a full day in Pompeii. I spent 8 hours there, but even after 4 hours was exhausted and couldn't imagine doing any other siteseeing somewhere else. At that point you just want a relaxing end with no stress about catching ferries and getting somewhere. If you are going to do it save time with taking a taxi to the Naples port, eating lunch in Capri, and skip the blue grotto. But decide after you first day in Naples. One day in Naples with a museum visit is short and you may want to spend more time in Naples. I spent one day museum and one and half days for the city and still need to go back to Naples to see more.
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Oct 24th, 2007, 08:19 AM
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We just returned from the Amalfi Coast. We ended up canceling our plans to go to Capri since we only had one day. After speaking with several tourists, we decided to do Pompeii instead. This killed me since I always dreamed of going to Capri. According to all that tried it, the experience was miserable....way too many people. They felt like cattle and they wished they hadn't gone. The line ups were unbelievable (late September) and the entire experience was a negative one. I am only relaying what several different groups of tourists who went to Capri for the day said. Perhaps a couple of days there might be a better idea, especially since it so breathtaking to be there at night.

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Dec 13th, 2007, 12:52 AM
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If TIME is THE big factor and you donŽt have much of it then Pompei and Capri can be done in one day.

Plan to arrive in Pompei no later than 9:00 in the morning. Buy a guide book and stroll through the ruins for 2 and a half hours. Grab a sandwich for lunch and take the train from Pompei to Sorennto (40 minute ride, departs every half hour, costs €1.80) In Sorrento walk (or taxi) down to the harbor and take the hydrofoil to Capri (20 minute ride). This should put you on Capri at around 1:30 in the afternoon. You then have about 4 hours on the Island to explore, shop, relax, swim, or whatever. The Blue Grotto
excursion is costly, time consuming, and no guarantee that youŽll be able to visit it (hide tide, rough seas) There are other boat excursions which are probably as rewarding. You will need to budget your time wisely while enroute from point A to point B not spend time perusing shops and souvenir stands. Save that for Capri. Of course if time and Euros are not so limited then you should spend a half day at Pompei and one and a half days on Capri. Have fun.
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Dec 13th, 2007, 01:25 AM
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Please please please don't skip Pompeii. It's remarkable, and I have the name of the greatest guide to take you on a four hour tour. Start early one day before the heat fries everything, then spend the afternoon and night wandering around Naples, then get up and do Capri early the next day. No matter what any book, magazine, or poster says, Naples is the least interesting of the three spots you mention. And while the Naples museum has Pompeii's great artifacts, what good is that if you don't see and feel the spot where history was made? I've actually been twice to Pompeii, most recently June 2006, and took a day trip from Rome that day because I felt my children HAD to see it. (We arranged for a bus, guide, and driver, so it wasn't too demanding, and actually quite fun.)

Pompeii is a dream of a place.
Not to be missed.
With careful planning, you can do it all.
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Don't even think about trying to see both. If your short on time just see Pompeii. Suggest you stay in Sorrento.....a beautiful city with easy access to Pompeii. We spent 2 days on Capri. It was nice and the blue grotto was neat but worth the trip if you can't relax and enjoy it. Good luck.
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Feb 4th, 2008, 02:51 PM
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"We are definately visiting both the Isle of Capri (blue grotto) and Pompeii on the same day."

I'll join the chorus. What a sad idea. I frequently discourage people from making an all day day trip to Capri as many of them end up disappointed in Capri and I always say a person needs to spend overnight to appreciate it. Going there for an hour or two seems so pointless, unless it is imperative that you check it off your list of "been there" places. Maybe to speed yourself along, you could just step off the boat then get back on it for the immediate return -- at least you can honestly say you've "been to Capri".
And although we thought we'd spend a good half day at Pompeii and arrived when it opened, we ended up covering less than half of it by lunch, and left and came back, leaving around 5 -- yes -- all day. I can honestly say I've seen Pompeii, but even then there are some things I missed and wished we had seen.
But again, if you only need to say you've been there, 30 minutes or so will accomplish that.
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Feb 4th, 2008, 03:05 PM
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Not ideal, but it can be done. I've done it. I took an early ferry to Capri, got there as the shops were just opening. Strolled around, took bus to Anacapri, had a very nice lunch, back on the boat - once back in Sorrento, taxi to the train station, 30 min. on the train and then spent approx. 3 hours in Pompeii, which was plenty of time for me. I really wanted to see both and just did not have the time to do both separately. I've since been back to Capri.
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Feb 4th, 2008, 03:20 PM
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You had a nice lunch on Capri, and still got to Pompeii by 2? Wow. I'm impressed.
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Feb 5th, 2008, 02:43 PM
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Hmm, not sure I was there by 2:00, but I indeed had a very nice lunch, not rushed either.
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Feb 5th, 2008, 02:54 PM
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Oh. I got the 2:00 since you said you spent three hours at Pompeii, and to my knowledge it always closes at 5.

Just seemed like a tight squeeze and good connections, boat, taxi, and train! Kind of hard for me to imagine getting from Capri to Pompeii in less than two hours with the double connection issue.
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Feb 5th, 2008, 03:05 PM
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Well this was back in 2001, and in Sept. so maybe the closing time was later back then. I recall getting back to Sorrento around 7ish. It was a very hot day, so the time we spent in Pompeii was about all we wanted under the circumstances. Guess we were just lucky with connections, although there were frequent trains and taxis were always waiting at the dock.
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