Naples, Sorrento, Pompeii??

Mar 16th, 2004, 12:03 PM
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Naples, Sorrento, Pompeii??

Hi! My boyfriend and I are trying to plan the last few days of our Italy trip. We arrive in Naples late Sunday, the 28th and have until the 31st. We definately want to climb Vesuvius, but dont have any info. Anyone have any suggestions or anything else to do? Also, we are wondering where a good home base is to stay (Sorrento, Naples?) and a good hotel until 100 bucks a night. Thanks so much!!!
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Mar 17th, 2004, 06:49 AM
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Mar 17th, 2004, 07:49 AM
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Hi ashley,

We stayed in Naples at the Albergo Sansevero. You might be able to get a room there for around 85E/night.

See my trip report
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34451044

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Mar 17th, 2004, 08:25 AM
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We used Sorrento as a base and made excursions, via the Circumvesuviana, to Pompei and Herculaneum. We didn't climb Vesuvius but there was a way of doing that (from Herculaneum? You'd have to check). We checked our luggage when we arrived at Naples and spent most of the day at the Archeological Museum, which was terrific (take the Secret Tour), then used the Circumvesuviana to get to Sorrento. Sorrento is beautiful and we loved our hotel, the Minerva.
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Ashleybeth,

About two weeks ago we took the Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento to Pompeii, where we hired a licensed guide at the entrance to the ruins.

After an excellent tour, we boarded the train again for the short trip to Herculaneum. Just outside the station there (Ercolano), we hired a van for the trip up to Vesuvius. I think we paid the driver about 10 Euro each.

The van goes almost to the top, but there is a pretty steep climb to the actual edge of the crater, where you must then pay (6 Euro?).

The trip up was really scenic and exciting with the driver we had. You could see the massive lava flows which we understood were from the last eruption in 1944.

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Mar 17th, 2004, 09:02 AM
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Byrd: How much did you pay the guide at Pompeii?
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Mar 17th, 2004, 09:57 AM
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sera,

Just had my husband look in his notes. We paid the guide (Luigi) 10 Euroeach for the tour of the ruins proper, and an extra 5 Euro for the Villa dei Misteri and area. The Villa is outside the old city walls.

I assume that the licensed guides (they have ID around neck) have set rates, but don't know that for sure. Anyway, we didn't quibble about the price, and felt is was worth every Euro.

ashleybeth-

I forgot to tell you that ParadiseLost (Walter) has an excellent posting here that I printed out and took with us. It tells all you need to know about taking the train, hiring guides, going to Vesuvius.

You just have to follow his instructions backwards, since he left from Rome instead of Sorrento. I'll try to find it for you.

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Mar 17th, 2004, 10:00 AM
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Thanks, Byrd!
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Mar 17th, 2004, 10:05 AM
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ashleybeth,

Search for:

Rome to Pompeii or Herculaneum-Daytrip Directions

I don't know how to post it here, but I think you can find it.

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Mar 17th, 2004, 10:13 AM
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Actually, just type "paradiselost" in the search box above, and all his posts will appear.
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Mar 17th, 2004, 10:53 AM
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Great!! Thanks everyone for your help!!
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Mar 17th, 2004, 03:11 PM
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Hello ashleybeth,

Re. climbing Nt Vesuvius, as an earlier poster said you need to get the Circumvesuviana train to Ercolano station (abt 20 mins). Outside the station will be several touts offering minibus rides to the Vesuvius parking lot, from where you make the 30 min climb (costing an extra 6 euro).
Much cheaper than the minibus taxis is the public bus (Transporti Vesuviani) My latest info is that this costs only €3.10 return, leaving Ercolano at 9.10am, 10.10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 2.10pm, returning from vesuvius at 11:35am, 1:00pm, 1:55pm, 3:00pm & 4:10pm
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