Local tours from Rome to Pompeii

Nov 29th, 2000, 07:03 PM
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Local tours from Rome to Pompeii

We'll be in Rome in late March and would like
to join a tour from the train station that
goes to Pompeii and Naples/Sorrento area?
Anyone know of anything? Thanks, Tom and Judy
Nov 30th, 2000, 05:58 AM
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We just got back from Rome. There was a brochure in our hotel room (Hotel Locarno) that had bus tours to Pompeii and other places. We were planning to go on our own via train - which you might want to consider because it turned out to be pretty simple, so I didn't pay much attention to it, but can at least confirm for you that such things do exist.
Nov 30th, 2000, 06:54 AM
Bruce B
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Just got back on Monday from 12 days in Italy and visited Pompei and Sorrrento on our own. Its very simple, and doing this (instead of joining a tour) can give you more flexibility.

Trains run every half hour or so from Rome to Naples and the trip takes just under 2 hours. Once in the Naples train station, follow the signs to another terminal (go downstairs/escalator) to catch the Circumvesuviana Train, and catch the one to Sorrento. (Make sure it says Sorrento - we were tired and caught the wrong one and ended up doing the 'scenic tour' of Naples) You can get a ticket (4800 Lire one way) right there in ther terminal.

Trip takes 30 minutes from Naples - Get off at Pompei Scavi (Scavi means 'ruins') and walk 300 feet to the ruins of Pompei. If you want a guided tour of the ruins, there are LOTS of guides hailing you at the spot. Make sure you buy a guidebook for the place - it is fascinating and you need more than the little map that you get when you enter Pompei.

You really need at LEAST 4 or 5 hours to do Pompei, and probably a full day is best. You can take the Circumvesuviana train back to Naples, and then back to Rome, but doing this makes it a LONG day. I suggest you spend the night in Sorrento (off season now - great hotel rates!) or in Naples (kind of a rough town so be careful).

Good luck!
Nov 30th, 2000, 10:24 AM
richard j vicek
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Good afternoon, Judy
Beleive that Bruces go on your own tour
is the best bet, and as what you would
spend on a escorted tour out of Rome,
you can spend for a guide to take you
thru Pompeii.
Carrani is one tour operator, Vastours
is another, which has tours to Pompeii
that some go to Sorrento, Capri and etc.
So the time within Pompeii would be
limited. The American Express Office
at the bottom of the Spanish Steps is
another source....see www.travelvantage.com/tours_rom_detail.htm.. for a general listing of tours
outside of Rome...Richard of La Grange
Park, Il...
Nov 30th, 2000, 10:35 AM
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Judy, I will put in my vote for just taking the train from Naples to Pompeii, (head for Pompeii Scavi (excavation not the modern city of Pompeii) it is really easy to do. Then hire a private guide when you get to the ticket window. They charge a set price so if you can get another couple or more people to join you the cost per person goes down. I have to say that hiring our guide, (Mario) was the best investment we ever made. This man really brought Pompeii to life for us! I can't stress it enough he had an encyclepedic knowledge of ancient Pompeii and a ton of anectdotes. We saw things that other tourists were walking right over! The guides by the front are all wearing official licenced Guide badges, and we just picked Mario at random (sorry can't remember his last name). Have a wonderful trip. Pompeii was one of my life long dreams and it was even more wonderful then I could have imagined.
Nov 30th, 2000, 04:33 PM
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Thanks for the information. That is
very helpful - we'd much rather go on our own and you have given us the
courage. We a little spooked about what
we read about Naples but it doesn't sound that bad. Any experiences with
nice (reasonable) hotels in Sorrento?
Thanks again. Tom and Judy
Dec 1st, 2000, 05:22 AM
Bruce B
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RE: Hotel recommendation in Sorrento

We spent two nights at the Ambassadori in Sorrento (last Friday and Saturday in fact) and got a GREAT room overlooking the sea (Room 608 I believe) with a private balcony overlooking Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius, tall ceilings, etc. for 300,000 Lire a night. At the current exchange rate thats about $130 for a double and that included breakfast. Its off season now, and the dollar is strong so you can get some bargains....Not sure what price to expect in March.

The Ambassadori is a 10 minute walk to the center of town, train station, etc, and juts out over the sea from a cliff, has beautiful gardens, and a friendly English-speaking staff. If you stay here, make sure you don't get a room on the street - we heard some complaints from some people on a Perillo tour about noise.

Dec 1st, 2000, 08:43 PM
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Mario was also our wonderful guide in Pompeii. Not only did he show us this city, but paved the way for a memorable, inexpensive, taxi tour from Pompeii down the Amalfi coast for the afternoon!

We had aa great time! The guide encouraaged the restaurant to open 2 hr. early for the family I toured with
Dec 2nd, 2000, 07:25 PM
Patsy Klontz
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We returned from a Rome and Sorrento visit a couple of weeks ago. You will do fine going on your own. Although I read this advice a dozen or more times on this site, when we were catching our train back from Naples to Rome, I failed to look for the terminal city on the schedule (which for the IC was Milan, not Rome) and we were down to about the last fifteen minutes before something in the recesses of my brain was set off, and I finally remembered that piece of info. The Naples central train station is a zoo, but you will do fine. Allow plenty of time to find your train, and don't let the guys hustle you and expect a tip for pointing out your train to you unless, of course, you want to have someone do that service. There were men everywhere trying to lead us to the train and trying to lead us to the luggage storage and expecting a gratuity for doing so. Pompeii is fabulous. Even though we were there on a Saturday, there was hardly anyone there. In my opinion, Herculaneum was also worth the stop, but that decision probably depends on your time. We also loved Paestum. It is off the beaten railway,though. We enjoyed Sorrento and stayed at a pensionne recommended by Rick Steves. The view was five star but the room was Motel 6 ambiance otherwise. We had our children and were paying for two rooms, and the room was fine (Minervetta) but I don't know that I would necessarily recommend it to you. Get a decent map of Sorrento before you get there if you plan to spend any time. The city is small, but I was depending on the map from the Rick Steve's book, and we found it inadequate and couldn't find a local map. Hope your trip is wonderful.
Dec 4th, 2000, 10:46 AM
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Another wonderful 3* hotel in Sorrento is the Bellevue-Syrene--also overlooking the Bay of Naples, with a huge terrace where dinner is served in warm weather--it too is about 10 minutes from the center of town. Sorrento is a great base for visiting Capri--the public ferry leaves from the center of town--and the Amalfi Coast. The public bus which runs along the coast and stops in Positano and Amalfi leaves from the Piazza Tasso which is--you guessed it--right in the center of town. Buon viaggio.
Dec 14th, 2000, 07:36 AM
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Dick-how did you like the Hotel Locarno in Rome?
Dec 14th, 2000, 08:42 AM
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We enjoyed the Locarno very much, Dorrie. The location near the "trident" and the Flaminia metro stop was perfect. The turn-of-the-century decorations and furniture are wonderful and we found the staff to be extremely friendly and knowledgable. We were in the building across the courtyard and had a room with what seemed like 20' ceilings and a magnificent marble bath, in addition to some antique furnishings that made us feel like royalty. The bath had one of those telephone shower gizmos with no shower curtain - that took a little getting used to.

My only minor complaint was that the street on the side is apparently the access road to the highway along the river. We like to sleep with the window open and between the cars (and car horns!), scooters, and trucks it made for some tough sleeping until things quited down around 1 AM.

It was our first time at the Locarno and we wouldn't hesitate to stay there again on our next trip.
Dec 14th, 2000, 11:59 AM
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Dick-thanks for your informative reply!
I am booking the Locarno now.

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