Naples or Sorrento?

Old Jun 3rd, 2016, 06:35 AM
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Naples or Sorrento?

I will be hiking the Cinque Terre and from there heading to either Naples or Sorrento for a few days to see Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius and Amalfi. Would it be easier to stay in Naples as I will be taking the train from Cinque Terre or should I stay in Sorrento? I will be staying for 3 days. Just not sure which place is easier to stay in to reach those day trip destinations. Thanks for your help.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2016, 07:50 AM
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Sorrento is much nicer than Naples. It's lovely, and there is a train from there to Pompeii. Naples is rather dirty and we didn't feel particularly safe there. My husband nearly got pick-pocketed on a crowded bus.

In Sorrento we enjoyed the evening show of Neapolitan songs at Teatro Tasso.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2016, 08:16 AM
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Hi tbb,

Yes, Naples is a bit gritty.

I liked my 3 nights there very much.

Among other places to visit, you have the Archaeological Museum and The Capella Sansevero.

You can easily do your sightseeing from there.

Enjoy your visit.

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Funny, I did almost exactly the same itinerary back in 2007: train from the Cinque Terre all the way down to Naples, then took the Circumvesuviana commuter train to Sorrento. Obviously it's quicker just to get off in Naples.

Personally, I hated Sorrento: it felt like a big tourist trap. I regretted not staying in Naples, which I later came back to as a day trip. I found Naples very interesting once you get away from the train station (though that was almost ten years ago). Yeah, it can feel a bit gritty, so if that would make you uncomfortable, stay in Sorrento, which is very convenient if anything for a day visit to Pompeii etc. Do try to spend at least half a day in Naples, though, if you can.
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Sorrento is an hour from Naples. It is a dormitory town for UK package tours and those afraid of Naples.

Naples is a 3000 year old city with history dating back to the ancient Greeks. It is older than Rome. It is cheaper than Sorrento.

Both are adequate for your plans.
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